17" unibody "flexing" problems?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dguisinger, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. dguisinger macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2002
    I have a 17" unibody MacBook Pro.
    I have been noticing that the left side tends to make noise.

    If its sitting on my lap, just the small movement of setting my hand on the left wrist wrest or the keyboard tends to make a popping or creaking sound... I've noticed the metal also seems to flex on the bottom under the ports and the Express Card slot.

    Is this normal, it is rather annoying, I am wondering if my case has a defect or if its the design.
  2. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I have the same issue, yet on the right side. Annoying only in that it makes the laptop feel a bit flimsy. Not sure what the origin could be and how to fix it. Odd that we have it on different sides! To be sure, you mean the left side when you face the laptop?
  3. dguisinger thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2002
    Correct, its the left side on mine when facing the laptop. Coming from the area of the USB ports and ExpressSlot.

    It seems to me the top is rigid, but the bottom isn't and there for flexes and creates noise... which to me comes off as cheap... they could have made it 1mm thicker and I'd have been happier
  4. Brandon Heat macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008
    I bet both of you guys have loose screws on the bottom!
  5. Nautigar macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
    I hope you are referring to loose screws on the bottom of their computers :D

    (sorry, could not resist ...:))
  6. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    I have the same problem, the right side of my 17" MBP will make a popping sound every time I open the lid. It took me a while to figure it out, but I determined it was the bottom of the case, not the hinge.

    After checking the screws I found that two were so loose that they were nearly falling out. This is on day two of owning it, so it had to have come that way. Anyway, I tightened them, thinking it would fix it, however it made it worse. After that I found that take the bottom off and reseating it, then putting the screws in a little loose it went away for a week or so. Now it's back.

    It's pretty annoying, but it's not as annoying as the constant wireless dropouts, safari crashes, and program lockups. I pretty much can't win with Apple products; every Mac I've had has had problems. But I'm tryin to like them, Ringo, I'm tryin real hard.
  7. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006

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