I cracked the ram slot plastics in MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ronald.sze, May 2, 2008.

  1. ronald.sze macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    You can laugh at me and It is my bad:( It really happened to me.

    But i need some suggestions from you.

    How I crack it ?

    I bought it last year July. It comes with 2.2g C2D and 2GB ram (1x2)

    I was greedy and wanted 4GB to ram vmware
    so bought 2 cheap 2GB ram to replace

    I opened case and didnt realised those plastics.

    I just pulled the ram out

    and they cracked.

    ................................................(time to laugh, guys).

    However they are not all completely cracked.

    The plastic in upper slot still manage to hold the ram..so my mbp can sill run
    the one in lower slot is half cracked ....the left is fine but the right one is completely out.

    I went to apple store. They said that if i wanna fix it i has to replace the logic board, which costs me 400pounds+...ya 400pounds+

    Here is what i think ...
    They are just plastic ... so i might able to fix it by using glue....ya GLUE.
    You guys think that feasible ?
    Will they melt coz the heat from CPU?
    What kind of glue is out the market ? as I know some glue can dissolve with heat but some glue actually can join parts firmly .

    pls comment.

    by the sorry for my bad english..i m not native
  2. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Automotive JB Weld should do it, and resists high temperatures (think car engine temperatures) You can find it in your local Pep Boys, etc.

    But if you get that stuff inside the RAM slot you WILL need a new logic board...same with any other adhesive you use.
  3. Animalk macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Montreal Canada
    yes excellent suggestion from the poster above me. Make sure you get the high temperature plastic one and not the metal one.
  4. ronald.sze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    Thanks man. I didnt know that there were glue for hight temp. I am in Uk so i might have to search for something similar.

    What do you think about applecare ? I know it is not covered by applecare anyway. My warranty will expire in coming July, buying applecare without "offical" fixing the ram slot seems stupid.
  5. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Suggest you research how to things beforehand. You didn't see the levers?

    Just pay for the repair.
  6. ronald.sze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    I admitted i was my fault and people do make careless mistake.

    I am paying for the repair but need to find the cheapest option.

    If I can fix it with a few bucks, why should I pay another hundred ?
  7. anirban macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    If I were you, I would take e12a's advice and glue up the plastic brackets very carefully and be happy.
  8. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    sorry... I can't quite figure out what you've broken...
    although it has to do with the memory slot, can you provide images?
  9. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    i believe he's broken some part of the RAM "cradle" where the metal arms attach to keep the RAM locked in.

    oh and about JB Weld, it should be very resistant heat inside the MBP. I've used it inside my car's headlight (can get up to and exceed 300 degrees F)and it does not melt. It turns rock hard and i had to use a dremel to grind it away. So just be careful.

    you could probably also find a good epoxy if you cannot find JB in the UK, try looking around some home improvement or hardware stores. Those dont have as high a resistance as JB probably, but a computer will probably be no where near the melting point.
  10. ronald.sze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    Unfortunately, i only got a crap camera and the photo is too blur that u cant see it. e12a has perfectly described the situation.

    To e12a, thanks for your advice. I will try to fix and once i have fixed it I will tell you guys here.

    Thanks alot. :D

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