Found what was causing rattling in my wife's 13" MBP

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  1. Ryan700 macrumors member

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    I opened my wife's 13" MBP and found a ball bearing size amber plastic bead. Anyone know where it comes from? Is is important? Sorry for the blurry image as my phone doesn't focus that close. IMG_1245.JPG
     
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    Are you serious?
     
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Unless you bought a bead-to-order configuration, I wouldn't worry. It's not part of anything on the machine.
     
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    It laid an egg! Keep it warm, and a tiny Gold 12" MacBook will emerge from it in a few months.
     
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    As long as it's not any part of anything in the computer then I'm relieved. Thanks.
     
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    could it have been in her bag and jammed itself in there?
     
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    It's possible. She takes it to work once a month to do inventory. As a side note her display kept turning off the last couple of days which is why I opened it. The rattling has been going on for months. I was worried that something shorted out and was relieved it wasn't a screw. The display shutoff problem? A thick coating of dust on the cooling fan. Glad I caught it before the processor failed.
     
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    Definitely glad you caught it. Considering how everything's glued down, it's surprising that the case isn't on tighter.
     
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    It's hard to see how small it really is but could that bead have lodged into the mic jack and into the laptop that way? I can't see how something like that could have got inside unless it was there from the factory.
     
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    it's Timmy's seed!

    sell it before they replace him as CEO

    I wonder if thats packaging silicon (that is in that fabric-y pouch) with packaging materials?
     
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    Mid 2012
     
  14. ocnitsa macrumors 6502

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    Oh wow. I got the same model I think. Maybe if we get 50-60 other people we can gather enough for a piece of jewelry? Bracelet or something?
     
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    Don't quit your day job! You'll never make it as a comedian.
     
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    :(
     
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    Just found this old thread today (April 2, 2018)

    Mid 2012 MBP 13" - rattle inside - opened up the back and also found an identical tiny plastic bead/ball rolling around loose - easily removed.

    I have opened up the back on 2 occasions to upgrade to an SSD and later to replace the HD to CPU Cable.

    No idea where this bead might have come from.

    Google search found a number of references to this issue but no answer as to where the bead might have come from.

    Anyone out there with the answer??

    Thanks!

    …John
     
  18. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Looks like some kind of spacer/insulator. Might be some little part that helps with original assembly, maybe to simplify the alignment steps at some point, and that tiny bit comes loose on some units.
     
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    Or a small piece of silica gel which could come from the little moisture removal packets.
     
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    Maybe --- but aren't the silica gel chunks actually quite soft, and wouldn't make a noticeable sound, compared to something like a piece of glass, or some other, harder piece more like a tiny bit of quartz?
     
  21. csurfr macrumors 68000

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    Little plastic beads are also used.

    Edit: But yes, I’ve seen those clear packets you’re referring to as well.
     

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