Dropped my PB...now what?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gdl96, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. gdl96 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2004
    new jersey
    So a few months ago, I placed my 15"PB into its nylon sleeve and then into my backpack as I was getting ready to leave my class. I put my bag onto my chair while I collected my things when it then proceeded to slowly slide off the chair, making a gentle "thud" as it hit the ground no more than two feet below. I thought nothing of it at the time, and it wasn't until a couple days later that I noticed what the "thud" did to my precious laptop:


    When it happened, my Apple Care was about a month away from expiring, and since the drop would not have been covered, I didn't bother taking it to Apple. Other than the dent and exposed opening, everything works fine, and has been working fine since it happened ~3 months ago.

    Since I would love for my PB to hold up another 2 or 3 years (at least as a secondary computer), I wanted to see if anybody here could offer some advice. Should I take it to Apple and pay whatever they charge to fix it? Is there a trick to fixing this myself? Is there a piece of hardware in that spot that's at risk of failing on me?

    Thanks for the help!

  2. rodman109110 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
  3. DMC-12 macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    All of my friends with PBs and MBPs have dropped them on that front right corner.
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Well, this one's different: It's the front left corner :)
  5. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Well, seeing as you are about to run out of AppleCare, thus making it somewhat aged, I would recommend that you start to save up for a MBP. If it still works, you're fine. If you want to keep using it, you can do as they say and buy some case parts for it.
  6. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Looking at the pics, is it just the bottom case that's warped? You could buy a bottom case or maybe find a non-working Powerbook on eBay. I'm not familiar with the breakdown process and assembly but I imagine it can be done by someone with enough patience and an attention to detail.

  7. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    It would be good if you were able to partly dismantle and have a careful look at what's bent out of line,it appears some delicate metal bashing would cure the problem.If you're confident and use the ifixit guides shouldn't be too difficult.
  8. Marley macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2007
    wow, you didn't notice that until a couple days later? did you not take your laptop out of your sleeve for that long or something? anyway, since the case is aluminum, you might be able to just bend it back into place like Peterkro said.
  9. gdl96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2004
    new jersey
    The trackpad side is also bent up a little, so it's not just the bottom piece.

    Replacing the case sounds a little out of my league, so I think I might try some "delicate metal bashing" as Peterkro put it. :)

    What bothers me most about the dent is the opening it created in the casing. Is there a good way to seal that up without replacing the casing?

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