Any way to fix the latch on my 12" powerbook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by lfielder06, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. lfielder06 Guest

    Dec 5, 2004
    Ok well I did a little searching and found a thread that said that the only way to fix it is to replace the dislpay which is like $900 bucks. The only thing that is wrong with it is the little piece of metal that holds the lid closed is missing. I am currently using a rubber band to hold it closed, but I have some ideas on how to fix it. I am wondering if anyone else has any ideas. I plan on taking it in to compusa to see how much it would cost to get fixed, but I am sure they will just say that I must replace the entire lcd. If anone has any experience with this problem let me know. Thanks!!
  2. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    You need a new bottom case. At the AASP I work for I would charge about £75 for labour and about £110 for the parts.

    Can you take a photo of where its broke, it could be that you may be able to adjust the catch to make it work. Hope this helps

  3. lfielder06 thread starter Guest

    Dec 5, 2004
    no the latch is right above the lcd, the bottom is fine.
  4. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    Then I would say that you need a new display bezel (around £45 pounds with £50 labour). Is the hook just stuck by any chance inside the little hole?
  5. lfielder06 thread starter Guest

    Dec 5, 2004
    The small metal piece is missing. I think what I will end up doing is super gluing a little piece of metal so that it will close. It will stick out little but I think it will work.
  6. lfielder06 thread starter Guest

    Dec 5, 2004
    Problem sovled!!!! Cost= 0$ I used a paper clip. I bent it in such a way that it acts just like the original latch. The only difference is it is always out, but it is very sturdy. Not sure if i got lucky or what but o well. Very excited about fixing it due to the fact that i got this for around $650 since the latch was broken.
  7. Monk Edsel macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004
    Wow, what a steal. A shame about the latch but what a bargain.
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I just had my latch fixed on my ibook. I have applecare, so it didn't cost me a thing, but here is the bill:

    $100 Labor Charge, iBook
    $180 Flat Rate Repair Charge, iBook
    $280 Total
  9. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    I had a similiar problem with my display not closing. The apple guy told me that I would have to replace the whole lcd which would cost $1500 canadian. I might as well have bought a whole new computer!

    I ended up finding this guy who said he would be able to fix the problem for me for only $300. It doesn't work perfectlly now (once in a while it will pop open (and simetimes even in the case)), but it's better than having to spend $1500.

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