Dropped My Baby =O

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Sadd, May 29, 2008.

  1. Sadd macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    My husband dropped my MacBook off of our high-rise bed onto our hard wood floors today. It froze for a good 5 minutes (colourful circle thingy twirling and all). I force quitted her and when I turn it on now, the screen is grey and there is a question mark flashing. No other options. Everytime I turn it on, same thing happens.

    I'm guess it's a hard drive issue?

    There is very minimal physical damage, but it's there alright. Very hard to miss the teeny weeny crack. And to top it off, there are two small cracks (caused by the two bars that come down on the top case) that I was procrastinating on getting fixed, so now it'll look terrible when I walk in with 3 cracks.

    Should I even TRY to go in and hope my warranty will cover?

    I'm guessing there's no way they'll cover it under my warranty, eh? She would've been a year in August :(

    What's the price range I'm looking at?

  2. richardsim7 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2007
    Sorry for your loss :(

    Sounds like the hard drive's gone to me :\

  3. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    When the flashing question mark shows up it usually means that the computer can't find the system software on the hard disk or any disks attached to the computer.

    Wait a few seconds. If the computer doesn't soon start up,shut it down by holding down the power button for about 8 to 10 seconds. Disconnect all external peripherals and try restarting by pressing the power button while holding down the OPTION key. When your computer starts up, click the hard disk icon, and then click the right arrow. After the computer starts up, open System Preferences and click Startup Disk. Select a local Mac OS X System Folder.

    If that doesn't work, try using Disk Utility to repair the disk. You could insert the Mac OS X Install Disk 1 into your computer, then restart while holding down the C Key as it starts up.

    These should be done before you take it to Apple Store. Did you have AppleCare? You might want to get it in as soon as possible. :(
  5. me_94501 macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2003
    Unfortunately AppleCare doesn't cover accidental damage (including drops), but it wouldn't hurt to have a genius take a look at it if you live near an Apple Store.

    If it does turn out to be the hard drive, replacing a MacBook drive is relatively easy and isn't too expensive. ifixit.com is a good place to start for info on how to go about it.

    Dead drives suck. I hope you have a backup. :(
  6. Qwest905 macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2007
    before anything

    i think you should try to see if the hard-drive was unseated like someone else said

    try plugging and replugging the hard-drive back in
  7. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Was the macbook turned on or off when it was dropped?
  8. chinarider macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008

    Sorry to hear that - I assume your husband is now banned from said bed for quite a while now?

    Never share your bed with both your mate AND your Mac -It's one of the other in my book....
  9. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    The OP has already stated that it froze and she had to force quit.

    Do you have Accidental Damage Insurance?
  10. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    I doubt if it is the hard drive that has unseated - the hard disk is pretty well rammed in position by the L-shaped memory cover bracket. Hard disk physical damage is more likely although the sudden motion sensor should have kicked in and saved the disk.

    As others have suggested, try booting from an install DVD and then run Disk Utility and see if the HD shows up.
  11. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    I'd ask Apple if it's under warranty anyway. It just might. You have nothing to loose at this point. As someone said before, the sudden motion sensor should have saved the drive. With any luck, Apple will replace the hdd.

    If Apple won't fix it then I'd pick up a new drive anyway and try it. If that does the job, you can then pick up a case top/bottom on eBay for under $50. That will be way cheaper than having Apple do it.

    If the hard drive doesn't fix it then eBay the whole thing. You'd be amazed at what people will pay for a broken MacBook. I guess they want parts. But I've seen them go for $500, sometimes $600 bucks. Put that towards a new machine, and have your hubbie pick up the rest!
  12. Sadd thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    You guys are simply awesome! I was totally depressed last night but your responses brought out some optimism.

    Good news! (I think :D )

    I remembered that I purchased a 2-year warranty with Future Shop (Canadians know what I mean) where I had originally made the purchase. They don't cover physical damage, they only cover internal damage- perfect! Good thing, considering they literally prodded me to buy the coverage! ($199 CAD)

    So I went in today and it was pretty smooth. They sent it in for repair and I should be getting a call back within 4 weeks. That's a mighty long time to keep her away from me, but I just can't wait to get it fixed. I plan to get the cracks (caused by the MacBook herself) fixed by Apple when I get it back.

    And yes, the husband was banned from the bed ;)

    That's it, I've regained my obsessive ways. Nobody will see her (let alone use her) when I get her back, enough is enough!

    Thanks everyone, I'll update once I get her back! I'm so relieved!
  13. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Sounds good to me. Hopefully, they won't take the full (4) weeks, but if that's the timeframe then go with it. Good to hear you had Future Shop coverage, that's going to make it easier to get the internal problems addressed. Now, when you get your MB back, do like I did and put iAlertU.com on your MB, and you'll have a motion detection alarm (sounds like a car alarm when you arm it, when you turn it off, and when the alarm goes off), and a photo (of the culprit) will be taken and sent to your email address. It's cool and it's free. Good Luck. Keep Us Advised. :cool:
  14. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Good to see that that warranty came in handy. :p

    4 weeks though? Best Buy never had that bad of a turn around time.

    They must be slipping.

    (Future Shop is owned by Best Buy)
  15. me_94501 macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2003
    Good to hear. I never buy a laptop without an extended warranty. The peace of mind is so worth the extra couple hundred dollars.

    And keep your husband at least five feet away from your MacBook! ;)
  16. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    Personally I wouldn't tell Apple about the drop. It might bar you from future warranty coverage on that machine.
  17. Sadd thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    Oh I definitely don't plan to do that!!

    I was actually told 2-4 weeks, he mentoined that it usually doesn't take the full 4 weeks. Heck as long as it comes back working, it's fine with me :)

    I've learnt my lesson alright! I almost didn't buy it. The though of paying $1,600 for a laptop was absurd to me, and so I wanted to save whatever I could. But it turned out to be an investment.
  18. Sadd thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    I picked up my laptop today from repair (it was ready for pick-up yesterday) It took about 7 weeks! Yikes! In any case, she's back, I'm happy, and the husband's staying faaaaaaaaar away :D

    Whatever they did to it, everything I had on it is gone. It's like brand new on the inside, and the outside has some dirty fingerprints (yuck) that I'm trying to get off. My screen is also pretty dirty. They also replaced the keyboard and the base due to a crack caused by the bars on the screen.

    Thanks for the support everyone!

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