12" PB Hinge Problem

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Caspa, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. Caspa macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2003
    Hey Everyone,

    Got a REV A 12" Powerbook, about 5 months old.
    Does anyone have a problem with their hinges? When I have my lid open, if i push the screen back (particularly after it has been sitting in the same position for a while) it makes a VERY loud cracking sound and is almost too stiff to move. Closing the lid is ok tho!

    Really pissing me off, but won't get a chance to get it looked at for quite some time :(

    Anyone else experienced this? Apple's response?
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    Mine is the same way. Doesn't seem to be affecting anything, though I agree it is annoying. I haven't bothered calling Apple about it, cause everything is working right. Besides, the last time I sent in a computer to Apple, it came back all scratched up:mad:
  3. zkmusa macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    My revision A powerbook is doing the same thing now. It's extremely annoying... did you all ever end up calling Apple?
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    mine does the same thing, but im not going to complain, i would rather have it be a little too tight than too lose....and until it starts affecting the performance of the screen or causing other problems i am just not going to worry about it.....good to know that its not just one person though haveing the "problem"
  5. RBMaraman macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2002
    Prospect, KY
    My 500mhz iBook started making the squeaking noise about 5 months after I got it. I called Apple and they said they couldn't do anything about it, but it should go away after a while. About a year later, the squeaking stopped. The machine is now over 2.5 years old, and the screen hasn't squeaked for over a year.

    Give it time, and it'll go away.
  6. miradu macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2003
    My Rev. B 12 inch does the same thing....You get used to it; it's not that annoying after time.
  7. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    My 12'' does the same thing. It agree it is annoying. Interestingly enough my problem started after I got my laptop back from the Apple service center. They must of tightened something to tight. I was thinking about seeing if I could it it fixed, but it never bothered me enough look into it more. Good to know its not just me.
  8. zkmusa macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one either. I bought my computer in July of 2003.. this was also the time a lot of people were complaining about creaking iBook hinges. I thought that by purchasing the new 12" pbook, I'd be avoiding the creaking hinges problem. I guess not..

    Oh well.. it's not that big of a deal. It's just annoying hearing it creak in a quiet place such as a library. Hopefully it will quiet down after a while. Thanks for all the replies!
  9. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    mine did it the first few times, but it went away.
  10. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    way back in the day I had a powerbook 540c that had a lot of hinge problems. it got so that I was afraid to open or close it.
  11. Ajmbc macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2003
    When I sent my iBook to Apple, the corner of the bottom cracked!

  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    ajmbc - i hope you sent it back and they fixed that for you too!

    its good to hear that a lot of people have this problem, i try to move my screen around evey now and then just so it doesnt creak as much later...
  13. BrandonRP0123 macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Mine does it too. It's not so bad in warmer weather (or when the machine is warmer). It tends to only do it when you have the screen open at 90 degrees or less in relation to the keyboard section. Although if I look VERY closely - the seam between the screen and the hinge has a slightly bigger gap at the ends of the hinge than it does on the rest of the hinge. Anyone else notice this?

    My iBook 500 used to do it all the time - and I bet it still does. Nothing abnormal - better it be tighter than not staying open because the hinge is loose or the hinge is falling off (read: TiBook)

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