Dent in corner of macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by DC Hurricane, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. DC Hurricane macrumors member

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    I recently dropped my macbook on accident and the corner got a slight dent and the metal shifted, so the battery cover does not fit flush any more. In addition to this my macbook was not working properly previously to this but of course apple won't believe that and they will void my applecare if they see the damage. I wanted to know if it was at all possible to maybe lightly try and hammer the metal back in place. The damage is not too bad so I feel as if I can make the cover fit on flush they will fix my computer with the apple care since no physical damage would be evident. Any suggestions are welcome, I'm getting desperate.
     
  2. DC Hurricane thread starter macrumors member

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    MacService

    I just found this site named MacService and it says they will replace the bottom casing for $195 which is significantly cheaper than the $655 that some apple store employee said it would cost to replace the casing. Does anybody have any experience with this site? It sounds like this would be the most logical thing to do.
     
  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    What's not working properly? Perhaps someone here has help or advise for you to avoid taking it in at this time.

    As far as the dent from dropping effecting any future service from Apple, this is a major concern. If it were me, I'd take it in and explain what happened, get it fixed or replaced at your expense and perhaps try and make a claim on your homeowners/renters insurance. Also if it were me, I wouldn't take a hammer to it.
     
  4. aluminumapple macrumors regular

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    if it is just the battery section it wont be that hard to put it back to place, but even after you do that your going to have to paint/ spray paint it, to get rid of the hammer marks and etc.

    just try to be careful and if your really going for hammering , i advise you to get a not heavy hammer and when you are hammering put a light cloth around the part your hammering, also think about heating it up for easier movement.
     
  5. DC Hurricane thread starter macrumors member

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    Well it's weird because the Macintosh HD part of the partition would take 10 minutes to boot up. Then I did a Time Machine restore and it wouldn't boot up at all because I believe the boot files were deleted. After that I reinstalled Mac OS X and it booted up and I tried to put all my files on the HD from the Time Machine Backup but it stopped with like less than a minute remaining and I turned it off and on again and it wouldn't boot. I tried to reload Mac OS X and now the Macintosh HD doesn't even show up as somewhere that it can be installed to. Running Disk Utility shows that the HD has a fatal error. However, my Windows Boot Camp partition still boots up fine as I'm using it right now.
     
  6. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    Ouch. You might need a new HD (I'm just taking a guess). Good luck getting the dents fixed or the bottom casing replaced.
     
  7. DC Hurricane thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't have a problem getting the new HD as long as it's free. I think I'm just going to get the case replaced with MacService. Then, I can take it to Apple and get it replaced that way I assume
     
  8. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Good luck cause the drop definitely screwed up the hard drive.
     
  9. DC Hurricane thread starter macrumors member

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    Maybe but is there any way to prove it, without physical evidence?
     
  10. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Hard drives fail all the time.

    If your able to get the case replaced, then good. However.. there's a sticker on the inner part of the case that would need to be transferred to avoid any suspicion at Apple.
     
  11. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

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    Why not try talking to Apple first, and if the warranty is going to be voided, at least you can get some money back from your remaining Applecare I believe.

    Buy some computer insurance. I use safeware (www.safeware.com) and they're great. A bit more than Applecare, but it covers accidental damage, which is amazing.

    Buy your own harddrive, and swap it out. The drive is easily accessible, and can be replaced in about 5 minutes. Pull the old drive out, put the new one in, stick some CDs in there, life is good.
     
  12. stringbeanie macrumors 6502

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    Similar thing happened to me

    I had my macbook inside a neoprene sleeve and that inside of a messenger bag which I stupidly didn't close. When I took the bag out of my trunk, the messenger bag flipped over and the neoprene sleeve with the macbook inside tumbled out onto my driveway. It sustained a dent in the lid at the right hand corner which made the dented corner hit the main part of the computer when closed.

    I took my iphone to the genius bar and brought my computer as a "by the way" (I didn't want them to take note of the damage in writing so I used the iphone as the reason to visit). They told me that the warranty would definitely be voided for nearly any problem. They wanted over $800 to replace the top because they said that they needed to replace the lcd too since that was the only way it was sold.

    I found this company http://dttservice.com/ spoke with a guy named Brian. He wanted $195 for a new top case http://dttservice.com/macbook.html In any case, I shipped it to them and the computer now looks like new. They are located in Northern California (Fremont). If you are lucky enough to live nearby, you can take it there in person.

    Good luck with your repair. I think it is important to get it repaired at some point even if you buy yourself a new hard drive because inevitably, something will go wrong prior to the applecare expiring.
     

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