Lid Doesn't Always Want to Close on 12" PB

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lorkp, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. lorkp macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2005
    The lid doesn't close all of the time. Sometimes I have to press "firmly" (makes me a teensy bit unfomfortable) to get it to latch. I think it's worse when the computer is warmer. Is this something that I should have checked out?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  3. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    This happens to me too sometimes. Just pressing a little harder fixes it. What's more annoying to me is that within a few weeks of getting my PB last year, the finish on the latch release button started to wear off. It looks really ugly. It's really the only physical defect on my PowerBook, so it bugs me.
  4. MrSugar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2003
    My dad has this happen with his 12" as well. After using it for a while it got better and he never had to take it in. But I suggest if it's bad enough you give it a run to the apple store, I am sure they can fix it up, or if you care that much, send it in.
  5. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    Could be that the latch is bent. Check out this thread for a possible work through
  6. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Avon, IN
    I had a similar problem with one of my older 12" powerbooks as well. It never really got any worse so I never did anything about it.
  7. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    the 12" pb i bought for my girlfriend had this problem. 3 days later, i took it back to the apple store and complained. at first, they said it was normal. then i went to the front of the store where they had a 12" pb for display, and showed them that one was closing normal. they hesitated at first to replace mine, but they finally did replace it. after the exchange, i opened the new one in the store to make sure it closed without any problems. it works great. =)
  8. sreedy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    I get all this on my 12" iBook sometimes, it tends to come and go...... I've lived with it but am now thinking maybe I should look into it some more.
  9. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    My older powerbook (in sig) does that with the latch as well, takes a few times of pushing it down for it to catch.

    My new powerbook (in sig) has yet to have this problem, but if it does i go down to apple and demand new computer fully loaded :p
  10. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    mine has started to do that this week. sometimes i have to try it twice and then it catches properly.

    i've also noticed it is either not going to sleep or it is taking several seconds longer than normal to go into sleep mode.

    am hoping a restart will cure the sleep issue but can't be bothered to try this just yet
  11. AstrosFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    Mine started doing that & initially it wasn't so bad. I just had to push down a little more firmly to make it close.
    Eventually, that progressed to where I had to push it down 3-4 times in order to get it to actually close. Also, there were times when I thought it was closed and after a short time (a few minutes), it would pop open again.

    I eventually took it to the Apple Store & it was sent in for repairs.
    They ended up replacing the entire display! Thankfully, all covered under warranty.

    I would say if you're having this problem & it isn't too much hassle to do, consider taking it to your local Apple Store for them to look at. Of course, you'll have to be prepared to be without your baby for a week or so. :(

    Don't forget to back up your data if you do take it in!!!

    Good luck!
  12. al3ss macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2005
    Here's the solution

    I've had the same problem on my 15 inch powerbok: after about 1 year i always had to press the open lid button to lock it closed.
    I did this and it now works fine: lid open, use a small screwdriver to take out the hook that's above the screen, and gently bend it up. Do this until the lid locks when closing it - but be careful, this worked for me but i wouldn't want you to break yours...

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