YouTube: 17" MBP Hinge Problems

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  1. orschinger macrumors member

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    Without that problem? Yeah, probably most of them...
     
  3. graln1k macrumors member

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    Mine does that too but I don't have any problem with it. Seems like nitpicking to me.
     
  4. orschinger thread starter macrumors member

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    nitpicking? actually i do use the computer quite often while i'm sitting on my couch or on my bed or let's just say inside a bus/train. and IT keeps happening to me all the time. even if i just carry the mac around IT will happen occasionally, smashing the screen onto my fingers.

    not good at all...

    the thing is: i already got my replacement MBP today. same problem.
     
  5. cardiac dave macrumors regular

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    nitpicking - yes. Apple's own manual says that you should be putting it to sleep and closing it before taking it mobile.
     
  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    It's a hinge design thing. I have to be careful too when balancing the machine on my lap as the lid does have a tendency to smash my fingers as well.

    Look guys.. we have a very pretty, very sleek, very nicely designed, poorly engineered laptop. That's just the way it is. I just wish I didn't like it so much - because in terms of functional defects, gotchas and unresolved repairs it definitely qualifies as a lemon.
     
  7. chosenwolf macrumors 6502a

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    This happens with all the MBP's I've owned. Apple says that's the way it's "designed" to be. :rolleyes:
     
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    Where do they say that?
     
  9. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    All my notebook comptuers didn't do that? Was mine "designed" wrong?
     
  10. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    My old 17" would open and close fairly freely, but it wouldn't flop over flaccidly. My 15 MBP is nice and stiff in comparison.

    he he.
     
  11. capone2 macrumors regular

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    i heard the same thing

    going back to the powerbook 17. i used to own the 1.5 G4 17 and it did the same and now my MBP does the same.
     
  12. buckwheat macrumors member

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    I'm sorry, there is just nothing wrong with that.

    Just because i*!@# jlajUIO;JF A; JFJSKAF*@#**#*

    sorry, the lid just flopped on my fingers. But this does not bother me. In fact, I'm just wonderful. Reminds me of the time my motor blew up on my F150 the day after I bought it. We had the best time! The service manager and I just laughed and laughed - this could happen to anyone you know. They gave me another one, and wouldn't you know it? It blew up too! It was so cool, and I was so happy. I told Ford it was just a tiny little goofy thing, and it didn't bother me. I mean, little things like that are SOOO cute! And guess what the 3rd one did? I don't see where anyone could find fault.

    It was l$*#! JFDAOK 1*$#@S - dang there it goes again

    I'm so glad it came from the factory with that bottle of Valium in the glovebox. I mean, it was just a core engineering design flaw that was rushed into production by greedy management - that's all! No biggie I say. Everyone just worries nowadays. Peace, love dope and incense it's all cool
     
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  14. lamina macrumors 68000

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    My 17" PB does that and it kinda pisses me off. I'd rather have that happen than strain the latch though.
     
  15. kubla macrumors newbie

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    "Doctor, doctor, it hurts when I do this."

    "Then don't do that."

    In the 15 or more years I have been using Apple laptops (starting with the PB170), I have never used one with the keyboard at the angle shown in the movie when the lid starts to close, and obviously, I have never had a lid close on my fingers. I've got my MBP17 sitting on my lap right now, and to get the lid to close, I have to tilt the keyboard up by more than 45°. Please post a picture of someone actually using a computer with the keyboard in this position so those of us with poor visualization skills can see how this happens in a real situation.
     
  16. whipstitch macrumors newbie

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    Even PowerBooks did that - each notebook has different specifications, i.e. different degrees of freedom, when it comes to the hinge. Mine for instance is very tight.
     
  17. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

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    Finally, someone with some freakin common sense!!! Really, who uses their computer at that angle? Maybe an astronaut in zero gravity, but then there would be no gravity to shut the lid at all!!!!
     
  18. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    I love the hinge on the 17 MBP. It's so silky smooth, unlike the 15 which you move then it bounces back a little bit. It's true that they close like that but who cares? Unless you require a laptop work at a 45 degree angle, then this won't cause a problem for you. Oh by the way 15 inches also close when you carry them, not this easily but if you lean them enough they will.
     
  19. orschinger thread starter macrumors member

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    again: when i'm sitting on my bed, my back leaning against the wall, my legs bent towards me (which is a pretty common everyday position for me while doing stuff with my computer) and i have the macbook resting on my legs, it easily surpasses 45 degrees. and the lid comes flying.

    happens to me all the time.
     
  20. buckwheat macrumors member

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    I agree. Feeling a bit dejected, I went down to the licker sto at the corner of 4th and Wall to buy some of this common sense you brag about. They wouldn't give it to me without a 1/5 of that rotgut stuff that they make out back. So I got a great deal - a box of common sense for $120, and a 1/5 of cheap liquor for free. I couldn't get home fast enough to drink up the liquor and what? The box is empty - just air I guess. Says on the instructions to just "rub it all over". Well ok. Whooweee! After that 1/5 that felt right good, so here I go ---

    Oh my, one day I aspire to be as insightful, worldly and just downright enlightening. You see if I had my azz some common sense, I woul*$#@!$ JFdasFJD#* - DANG! lid it did it again. So much for my common sense.

    You know, I bet it's this 17 that ain't got no common sense
     
  21. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Ill trade you my 15 inch if they have the same specs :D
     
  22. orschinger thread starter macrumors member

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    I actually do think about getting a 15 inch instead... but I'd miss the extra screen space.

    And I still wonder: is the loose screen really supposed to be a feature that's meant to be the way it is? at least that's what quite an amount of people say.
     
  23. Dynatos macrumors newbie

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    You aren't supposed to be using these machines on your legs. They're supposed to be resting on a stable, flat, level, and firm surface.

    ;)
     
  24. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    You mean like... a desk?

    Cue Apple's new nomenclature for laptops: "flame-retardant-desktop notebooks" :p
     
  25. orschinger thread starter macrumors member

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    paid much, want perfect. :)

    i wonder if there really are those mysterious two screws to tighten the hinge... noone really seems to know for sure.
     

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