Bent Ethernet port

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Stuart21, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Stuart21 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Anyone have any suggestions on how I could possibly bend this back without harming anything. I was thinking about using a G clamp and put peices of wood in between the laptop and the clamp and slowly tighten to bend it slightly back. I was just worried about messing up the charger port. Everything still works fine on the laptop. I just thought yall may have some suggestions.


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  2. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    :eek::eek::eek: I would say that is about the only thing you could do. Just be careful with the bottom of the case side, it looks a lot more bent than the top. You wouldn't want to crumple it any more. Maybe push it gently to re-straighten it as you are tightening the clamp.
  3. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    My gods, that photo makes me wince!

    How in the heck did that happen anyway? o_O I want to make sure it never happens to mine!

    Did it get stuck in a car door or something? That's wild... I hope you can fix it.
  4. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    I`m curious as to what happened too, call it morbid curiosity...

    The G clamp idea might work but you`d have to be really careful/gentle with it.

    The ethernet port always bites the bullet in any impact on that side, the alu is just so thin there.
  5. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    he dropped it
  6. dime21 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    hahahahahahaa!!! you would think that someone who just spend several thousand dollars on a fragile electronic device, would be more careful with said device. my advice? stop dropping it.
  7. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
    visit the apple store man. that mag safe looks like its no longer safe :eek:
  8. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Wow, why do you even bother posting?

    That photo really makes me cringe! Hope you get it fixed, OP.
  9. dime21 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    the sole purpose of my posts is to offer very valuable and highly informative advice. also, it gives me something to do while i'm taking my evening dump. it takes my mind off of defecating, which always helps to get things moving; my old ibook is a wonderful device for posting to forums from the toilet. and you?
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    Personally, I would first disassemble the computer so I could get at the case alone. Then you could try the block of wood as you suggested. Although I would also invest in a small hard plastic mallet to minimize in scarring of the case and use the wood block as bracing behind where you strike to help shape the metal and avoid damage to the lip. You could also use a lead hammer but you don't really need that much weight for thin aluminum.

    A mallet such as this. Not the large rubber type.

    You may also need to use pliers for the kink on the short metal strip under the Ethernet port hole. When gripping I would at least place a towel in between the teeth of the pliers a rubber sheet would be better. To minimize impressions the steel will make in the aluminum.

    As for the Magsafe port. I think the port is separate from the motherboard and attached by a short cable so you should be safe there.

    I've done this a couple of times for people. Since it is much cheaper than buying a new case.

    Edit: It looks like you will also have to disassemble the screen. So it will close properly. I would not try anything with the LCD installed. It would be too easy to crack the screen while hammering or bending.
  11. Stuart21 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2010
    I never dropped it. Someone on craigslist was selling it and I wanted to see how difficult it would be to fix. I don't think I'm going to mess with it though even though I could get it very cheap.
  12. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Thanks for the deep insight...:rolleyes:

    Sometimes these things have a cool story attached, maybe it deflected a bullet or got hit by a meteorite there are many ways to trash your MBP.
    Like the girl on this page who dropped hers in a pool.
    If you`re gonna kill your MBP at least the obituary should be interesting.

    Good luck OP, be very careful bending that sucka back into shape, I have seen some good results from people who`ve done this before.

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