2009 macbook - a volcano?

vinegarandsalt

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The reason I am posting this is two Apple technicians (of retailers'. Apple Store has opened just last week here in Istanbul. couldnt show it to a genious yet.) suggested me to do so.
At first glance they were suspected of my swollen battery causing this. However, battery is at the back side of my Macbook as with all other late 2009 non user replaceable Macbooks as far as I know. So that doesnt explain this "phenomenon". Am I wrong?:)
Perhaps I should mention, the plasticlike cover under my macbook was swollen too and screws started to drop off. Apple changed the cover at no cost but it happened again.

any thoughts what could have caused this?
 

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l.a.rossmann

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May 15, 2009
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Yikes. Exploding battery. Get a new battery.

It is user replaceable. Spend $10 on a tri-wing screwdriver and a #00 phillips screwdriver and you'll be just fine.

Apple won't replace your battery. They'll come up with some ******** about how you need a flat rate repair that costs $280-$750 on your laptop that is now worth $300, when all you really need is a new battery.

A new top case would be nice, but not necessary.
 

Altemose

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Yikes. Exploding battery. Get a new battery.

It is user replaceable. Spend $10 on a tri-wing screwdriver and a #00 phillips screwdriver and you'll be just fine.

Apple won't replace your battery. They'll come up with some ******** about how you need a flat rate repair that costs $280-$750 on your laptop that is now worth $300, when all you really need is a new battery.

A new top case would be nice, but not necessary.
If under standard usage and provided the OP didn't hot wire this Mac into the power grid directly a battery should not swell or explode like that. That is a huge issue.
 

vinegarandsalt

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If under standard usage and provided the OP didn't hot wire this Mac into the power grid directly a battery should not swell or explode like that. That is a huge issue.
I trust your judgement.(and I want to) I just booked an appointment with Apple. Eventho warranty is not an issue anymore I desperately want to see how they will react to such a bizarre condition :)
I ll keep you posted. Thanks:rolleyes:
 

Altemose

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I trust your judgement.(and I want to) I just booked an appointment with Apple. Eventho warranty is not an issue anymore I desperately want to see how they will react to such a bizarre condition :)
I ll keep you posted. Thanks:rolleyes:
They are probably going to go get a fire extinguisher ready before booting. Just to warn you...

In all seriousness, they will probably say "not our problem" but the last time I checked, electronics are not supposed to bulge and explode into a volcano and pose a fire risk at any age.
 

l.a.rossmann

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May 15, 2009
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They are probably going to go get a fire extinguisher ready before booting. Just to warn you...

In all seriousness, they will probably say "not our problem" but the last time I checked, electronics are not supposed to bulge and explode into a volcano and pose a fire risk at any age.
What they will do, as they have done with at least five people who've walked in this year(two had the good sense to record it), will say it did not EXPLODE - it EXPANDED.

They will argue with you explode vs. expand because explode they can be sued for, expand they can't.
 

Altemose

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Mar 26, 2013
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What they will do, as they have done with at least five people who've walked in this year(two had the good sense to record it), will say it did not EXPLODE - it EXPANDED.

They will argue with you explode vs. expand because explode they can be sued for, expand they can't.
Well when a battery expansion causes property damage then they should cover it. If they disregard it and let the OP bring it home and plug it in. If it expands more then the plastic battery shell could break and acid could leak. Then they have a problem since he would acid burns...