how does apple know if you open the case?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ducatidoc, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. ducatidoc macrumors regular

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    so i am tempted to crack the case on my air and go poking around, but before i risk voiding my warranty, i wanna know - how do the mac genius people know if you open your laptop? is there a seal, or security tag/sticker?
     
  2. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Well your warranty is voided if you break something in there while its opened. There really aren't many other indicators. The screws do have the paint on them that shows if they've been used heavily. However, I don't know how heavily that weighs in.
     
  3. Kane.Elson macrumors regular

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    Does poking around mean actually installing a new drive or something ?

    If you don't actually need to open it then I wouldn't. They aren't designed to be opened all the time and it just lets dust and stuff get in. I have actually broken ribbon cables from opening up laptops too often. Plus you have the chance of breaking all the plastic clips and stuff that hold components in and so forth...
     
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    I changed the hdd in my MBP with a non Apple one and they didn't say anything about it when it went in for a logic board replacement.
     
  5. DaveOZ macrumors regular

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    There is a trigger in there and as soon as you move the backing case the iSight snaps away and send the pics to Apple. Make sure you wear a balaclava when you do it!!
     
  6. ducatidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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    roger roger, but there is a method to my madness....

    1) i am considering reapplying thermal paste to my 1g mba

    2) i am considering switch the hdd for a 160 gb intel x18-m ssd when they debut.

    thanks all!
     
  7. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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  8. dibara2003 macrumors 6502

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    afaik, as long as your careful and don't break anything, it doesn't matter. there's no seals or tell-all way of knowing that its been open. i previously opened mine and took it for a repair later and they didn't mention anything.
     
  9. ShALLaX macrumors newbie

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    Correct, there are no indicators. Just make sure you don't knurl the screw heads up. The paint on the screws is "Loctite" (thread lock), which makes sure that the screws don't come undone by themselves. If you want, you could reapply this before putting the screws back in, but it's not necessary.
     
  10. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    I believe it's loctite.

    They should use red tho. They would know if you tried to open it up with red. :D
     

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  11. ansontin macrumors newbie

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    For the SSD drive, it should be SATA adaptor, not suitable for Macbook Air 1.0 :(
     
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