I dropped my MacBook Pro today. [Photo!]

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The General, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    So I use this backpack that has a slot for my laptop and camera storage compartments. I had forgotten to zip it up, and when i slung the backpack over my shoulder, my MacBook Pro went flying out of the slot and onto my driveway. Here's a photo:


    So that's as far closed as it will go because the bottom of the display is bent down and stops it.

    All the internals are fine, I'm still able to use my laptop for everything but ethernet.

    I hate my life.

    I'm going to take it to the Genius Bar and see how much it will cost to get it repaired. If the cost of the repair + how much I could sell it for = the cost of a 17" MBP, I'll just sell it and get a 17".

    How much do you think I could get for this as it is? I might be able to bend the collapsed corner down so that the lid will close, but I don't want to hurt it any more.
  2. ZenoVT macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2009
    Ouch, your heart probably skipped a few beats when it happened didn't it? That's a real FML situation. Hope you could get everything sorted out.
  3. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    To be honest, i don't think you get much at all if you sell it unrepaired. If it can be repaired decently it should still sell decently. This incident really shows the limitation of the aluminum cases, and is one disadvantage of them is that they dent extremel easily, something hardened plastic generally will not do.
  4. The General thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    I was in shock for the first 15 minutes. Then I just felt like throwing up.
  5. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    I asked the Genius Bar how much to repair the screen (in the past) and they told me $800 by apple and like $690 or something by a third party because of how it's all one piece.

    Add that to the casing >_<.

    Sounds like close to 2K you'll be paying for repairs...
  6. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    you're lucky that the magsafe port didnt get messed up. looks like the impact just missed it.
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    wait a year. then get a case off of ebay for about $100. Shove the old components in it, then sell it for a bunch of money.
  8. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Aye. The display housing is all glued together (because of the glass) and the topcase is one solid piece (because of the unibody construction). Those two pieces together, plus a new bottom cover (I can see yours bent) will probably run at least $2K for parts.

    If you don't want to wait around for a busted MBP/spare case off eBay, you're probably just better off buying a new one.
  9. The General thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Okay, I managed to bend back the bad parts of the display housing, letting the lid close all the way and stay closed. Then, I was able to open up the ethernet port and got it working.

    The problem is 100% cosmetic now.
  10. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    it's pretty impressive that it took a fall like that and you just bent it back into shape and it still works and everything. pretty tough arent they.
  11. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    that sucks, but great it working, surprised the screen didn't crack.
  12. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    Can we see a picture of it after you bent it back? Glad to hear it is functioning.
  13. jarenado macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2007

    i agree the aluminum is going to dent more easily, but honestly from the description of what happened and the photograph of the aftermath, looks like plastic would have cracked and shattered and there would have been no computer left. it looks like the metal kept the computer functioning at least
  14. The General thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    It doesn't look much better, but at least I am able to close the lid and use the ethernet port.

  15. Zillicah macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2009
    Wow, I'm truly amazed..... I'm speechless!

    I really want to see a picture of you fixing it...

    I cant believe you just bend it back and it works.. AHA - amazing.

    how did you bend it back?

    Oh, and for flying out of a backpack... that's not bad... you're actually lucky. :D
  16. zorahk macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    North Korea
    2k to fix...I would sell it on ebay for 1200 and buy a new 17 inch...
  17. budkid macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    thats a FML story....

    hope you are able to get it fixed!
  18. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

    Jun 2, 2008
    :eek: That looks yucky! Hope you are able to get it repaired.

    I thought unibody construction was stronger. :confused: I don't remember ever seeing anything like this (bending) from the last gen.
  19. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    Owie, it should have hit a hard surface!

    By the way, I also dropped my white MacBook once. It only got a little scratch and still worked fine. But a month later, its HDD started making a weird clicking sound every time I tried to open certain files and soon stopped working. I don't know if the drop had something to do with the HDD crash, but you might want to watch your drive.
  20. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Yep, there's be a nice crack in the plastic, especially since it looks like the impact was localized to the area around the ethernet port. Dropping anything other than a toughbook onto a driveway is going to cause damage, and the aluminum probably absorbed a lot of the energy by bending instead of transferring it to the components.
  21. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    What Apple essentially did in designing the unibody was make out-of-pocket repairs cost more money.

    Perhaps there's a reason certain types of equipment should be built using more than one section. ;)

    I read the keyboard is also much more expensive to replace as well. Three years ago, I broke 2 keys on my keyboard (my fault) and it cost around $150 (USD equivalent at the time) to get a new keyboard from Apple and have it installed. I'd hate to ask what a new keyboard would cost today.
  22. omgwut macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2006
    Meh, that's no big deal. Scratches and dents give it character. I draw with paint markers all over mine.

    If the components still work just fine and the cosmetic issue is tucked away in the backside like that I would just keep it. :)
  23. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The unibody construction, in my opinion, is one of Apple's most clever moves. It streamlines the manufacturing process and is noticeably sturdier than the old style. Cuts down on material, increases profit margins. And I don't really buy the whole "Oh, Apple just did this to make things harder to replace." Computers aren't meant to be broken, and cosmetic damage isn't Apple's problem. If it costs more money to replace, just be more careful.
  24. enophi1 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2008
    wow that's incredible!! in my opinion you're very very lucky that the screen didn't get cracked or the internals busted.

    It's also pretty amazing at what a good job you did bending it all back as this unibody chassis is tough! I am impressed.

    I agree with the other posters, sell it and get the 17 inch. :)
  25. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Ouch...my heart feels for you. :(

    Glad you managed to get it back in shape though. I dropped my MBP a year ago, dented it around the same area as you did. So I slowly hit the metal back into place with a spoon and some tissue.

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