Powerbook hinge problems

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by phonic pol, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have a Powerbook 1.33 15" and it has this annoying problem with the hinges. It's like their slightly over tightened; they creak when I move the screen, especially when it's been in the same position for a while.

    Has anybody else encountered this problem and does anyone know of a fix?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    ok

    a bit of machine oil lightly ! i mean lightly applied to the hinges should cure your problems
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there an easy way to get good access to the hinge pivots for light oiling?
     
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    Sutekidane

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    I have the same powerbook as you and I'm having the same problem as well. Its gotten worse and worse since I've had it. When I first got it, it was really smooth. Mine makes lound creaking noises like those REV A dual usb ibook g3s (I had one with the same problem). Radtech.us seems to sell a solution to the problem but I don't feel like spending $20 on a little vial of oil. I have opened up the powerbook to install a new HD, but I'd hate to have to do it again just for some hinge.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, mine has good days and bad days, sometimes I worry about putting excess stress on the screen because there's that much resistance.

    Unless I read some better ideas here I'm going to try putting a small quantity of light machine oil on the end of a pin and inserting it into the hinge gap.
     
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    chaos86

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    i have the same problem (1.33/15"). ill be interested to find out what happens
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    I have the same problem too! Has anyone tried the oil? Are there any other solutions?
     
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    parrothead

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    This might be a good time to give some important advice. Always always always use two hands (one on either side) or one hand in the middle when adjusting/closing powerbook (and ibook) screens. Grabbing only one side produces a slight torque that over time could warp the hinges. This was a huge problem on the Tibooks, but it definitely won't hurt to do this on other machines as well. Who knows this might even help with the creaky hinge problem! ;)
     
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    Mechcozmo

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    Ignore it. I do, because only very small movements cause it. Also, my rev. C 12" PowerBook has over time and usage been 'cured' of this issue, where it doesn't really happen any more.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if this issue has been resolved in the most recent revision (15" 1.5 GHz Combo model)? As stated by a previous poster, his hinges were also smooth initially, but now I worry that my hinges may also become creaky over time.
     
  11. chw
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    color distortion

    I have the same problem and recently, I had my rev c 12"pb send in for a warranty repair on a hd. After I got it back, when I try to rotate the screen from one of the 2 corners of the screen, I can really see color distortion on the screen caused by the slight twisting of the screen. I never noticed this before. Is this normal? I mean I can slightly twist the screen by holding the 2 corners and get the same effect. Should I send this in for another repair? I am really bumbed about this since I had just gotten it back.... :confused:
     

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