Little dent on the aluminium case of my MPB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrhurst, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. mrhurst macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2007
    I have a little (not so little actually) dent on the top aluminium case (near the apple let s say)..
    .Does anyone know if i can replace just case without the screen?
    and how much would it cost?

    thank you
  2. a1dipship macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2007
    yes, the top of my case on my old powerbook was dented after it went in for repair and they ordered a replacement top bit from apple.

    so yes. not sure of cost as my repair was free as it wasnt my fault. im guessing at $30-$50 including fitting. im sure its something they can do in store whilst you wait if they have it in stock.

    if you are lucky they might even do a goodwill fix if you approach them the right way since its under warranty.
  3. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Are you crazy???

    You wat to replace the casing for one little dent?!?!
  4. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Depends how visible it is and how perfect you want your MBP to be.

    It will be very visible to others who will see the back of your laptop screen where the dent is.
  5. Jestered macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Ummmmm, no.

    It will cost quite a bit just to pay someone to do the job (plus the cost of the part).

    You literally have to take the computer apart completely to get to where you can remove and replace the display backing. You have to remove the topcase, all the drives, the logic board, and everything else in the computer. You have to get it down to where the display is no longer connected to the computer. That is a major job and you will pay for it.

    And no, you won't be able to have it done while you wait. Unless you want to wait a few hours.
  6. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    The worse it looks, the less likely it is to get stolen..the less you have to worry about keeping it perfect...

    the worse it looks. I don't really blame you, my pb has a dent in the same location and it's annoying.
  7. Avenger23 macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2001
    Clovis, NM
    I did find a site called Powerbook Medic where they sell replacment parts for Mac laptops. I believe that the case that covers the screen runs about $100 plus shipping. They have detailed tear aparts to walk you through the process if you feel like you can change the part out yourself. Looking on eBay might find you one cheaper. Hope this helps! :)
  8. a1dipship macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2007
    i stand corrected. thought it was a simple flick of a few key areas by a skilled tech and it would pop off... i was wrong.
  9. mrhurst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2007
    it s quite visible... it depends mainly on the light... from certain point of views u can't see it.. but still.. it s not that little...
    i just wanted to know if with like 200-250 bucks max.. i would get it repaired...

    Thanx for yr replies btw..

    ciao from italy
  10. The Macster macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2007
    It would be of the most upper satisfaction if you uploaded a photograph of the damage caused to the enclosure of your portable device, also known as Notebook computer or Laptop Computer, in which this case is an Apple Branded Portable device configured with the Macintosh operating system version ten point four.

    Yours sincerely,

    The Macster


  11. mrhurst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2007

    Fair enough ladies and gents...
    here it s the damn dent :( won t tell ya how it happened tho,,, ;) shame on me eheh...

    Attached Files:

  12. joekix macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2007
    earth, long beach CA to be exact
  13. The Macster macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2007
    Ouch indeed...:eek::(
  14. mrhurst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2007
    i mite have been in trance... but it actually feel off my hands on the bed edge.. not even 5 cm drop...but still.. perfect hit:D

    so yea.. i was just wonderin how much would it cost to replace it...callin apple they wouldn t tell me da bastards;)

    ps. there s also another thing i ve realized.. the past ten days.. when the mpb turns the fans on.. the one on the left side does, aside the normal fan noise, a strange"mechanic" sound... (on top of the fan spinnin noise,there s this metallic sound...i read it s quite common on mpb..has anyone experienced this issue as well?... thx...)

    specs btw way are:
    2.33ghz/ 15''/2GBram/256 MB graphic..

    thx everyone for bein so fast at replyin eheh

  15. invasian macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2007
    it hurts so much to see that dent...i would try to get that fixed...and i am interested in how you got that dent...i always fear dropping my mbp when i'm moving it from my desk to my cover/backpack..
  16. Jestered macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    That is the correct part you are looking for. If you have not done this kind of repair/replacement before, I would highly suggest you pay to have it done. Even with the manuals, if you have not done this sort of thing a few times before, you are going to get overwhelmed very fast. If you do decide to do it, be very organized and take your time doing it. Make sure that you get the display cabling routed through the hinges exactly how they were before. Try not to touch the display at all if you can (the back of it). Make sure you put the same size/length screws back where they went before. If you put a longer screw where a shorter screw was supposed to be, you can damage the logic board or other internal components. Then you will go from having fully functional computer with a dent, to a non dented computer that no longer works and requires a much more expensive repair.

    Good luck.
  17. a1dipship macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2007
    i read somewhere that its a criminal offence to harm apple products - intentionally or not .... its a crime against beauty!!!!! you are bad man!

    ... my guess is the mac police are on there way to your home now by tracking the ip address from your post.... run for the hills!! run run run!!!! :eek:

    the maximum sentence you can get is life with a windows computer :)
  18. mrhurst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2007

    thx man..
    i think i ll just buy the piece and then take it to the apple service to make them assembly it possible rite?(i mean they not gonna say like:"u gotta buy the case from us)...
    apart from that..
    is it also possibile to put the new "energy-saver" LCD display on the 2.33 mbp?
    do u think it would increase my lifetime battery even without the sr chipset?

    thx for listenin:)

  19. mrhurst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2007
    lol fair enough..
    i ll get spankd coz of that i m sure;):p:p
  20. rhcp128 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2007
    A word of warning... I had my display replaced. The repair guy told me that when they replace only the lcd it's very hard to get the lcd to match perfectly to the lid, so he ordered the entire top shell with the lcd. If it's not that big of a deal don't risk opening the computer for nothing.
  21. mrhurst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2007
    thx man
  22. a1dipship macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2007
    id wait until you pick up a few more dents and scratches, by then the parts will be cheaper etc... and in the meantime if you are like me youll just accept the dent and enjoy not having to handle the mbp with kid gloves.... knowing that under the hood you have a beast of a machine!!! ;)

    you can give it - plastic surgery - anytime later

    .. and im sure your mbp feels 'tougher' for having a war wound....
  23. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild

    Your warranty is now NULL AND VOID! Why not sell it off on eBay and buy a new one if it bothers you so much?
  24. Jestered macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    A repair shop does not care if you buy the part from them or someone else. Anyone that is in, or has been in, the Apple repair/retail business knows that there is next to no margin in parts. All the big $$$ come from service. They are not going to make much on the part if you buy from them, but they will make much more by installing it.

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