Loose battery cover - replace with Macbook 13" pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by sheltem, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. sheltem macrumors member

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    Hi, I bought my Macbook 13" 2ghz unibody back in October of last year. The battery cover was loose after installing more ram and a faster harddrive. 2 questions:
    (1) Would Apple replace my machine entirely? If so then:
    (2) Should I wait until later this year so that I would get my machine replaced with a Macbook 13" pro and Snow Leopard?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ahjjones Guest

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    Why would they completely replace your machine if the battery cover is a bit loose? That seems a bit overkill. With that being said, Apple loves to please its customers so they just might. We don't work at an Apple store so we don't have a way of knowing if they would replace it or not. Your only option is to go and ask. Also, if they do replace your MacBook I doubt it will be with a MBP. They will most likely give you a refurbished UMB since that's the comparable replacement. It seems to me that you just want a free MPB and are not worried about the battery cover. If you want to upgrade that bad you're going to have to pay for it just like everyone else. I love when people like you try and manipulate Apple. It's quite funny. :rolleyes:
     
  3. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

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    1) No.
     
  4. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    no they wont, they arn't that generous.

    if anything they'll give you a new batter/batter cover or check out the scene to see why your battery cover area is loose. thats about it
     
  5. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    just the fact that you added 3rd patry RAM can make them say "NO WAY JOSE!"

    ...explain where it is loose??? is it the latch or something else?

    CrackBookPro:cool:
     
  6. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

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    Not true at all, 3rd party RAM is perfectly allowable, though if you have a problem hardware wise with components they will try to point to the RAM.
     
  7. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    I've seen it happen firsthand...and I recall asking an Apple Technical Specialist on the phone back in February when I was going through some trouble with my BlackBook. - same answer, both times - Warranty can be denied if you install 3rd party RAM on your own...

    sounds bogus then, sounds bogus now...but, it's the truth.

    CrackBookPro:cool:
     
  8. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    That's if they can prove it caused damage to it and even then that's kind of hard to prove. But I do know what you mean, the tech. rep won't know what the problem is and if it so happens you did change something, by default it's your fault. That's one thing I don't like about Apple, they think they're in their own world where their hardware is so much more different than reg. hardware found in PC's. I love the excuse, "yeah, the RAM shortened the board - your fault" pfft :rolleyes:
     
  9. sheltem thread starter macrumors member

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    I still have my original RAM and 160gb harddrive, so those parts will go back in if I take it to the store. Aren't these parts considered user serviceable anyway?

    I should have been more detailed with my problem. The battery cover doesn't completely close all the way. I definitely didn't put in the battery cover wrong or break the tabs. The left corner makes a constant clicking sound when I apply pressure. Usually I don't notice it because I am typing on the keyboard when it happens.
     
  10. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    THe UMB had user replacable ram.
     
  11. ahjjones Guest

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    And yet the above responses are still valid. I'll copy and paste my response:


    Why would they completely replace your machine if the battery cover is loose? That seems a bit overkill. With that being said, Apple loves to please its customers so they just might. We don't work at an Apple store so we don't have a way of knowing if they would replace it or not. Your only option is to go and ask. Also, if they do replace your MacBook I doubt it will be with a MBP. They will most likely give you a refurbished UMB since that's the comparable replacement. It seems to me that you just want a free MPB and are not worried about the battery cover. If you want to upgrade that bad you're going to have to pay for it just like everyone else. I love when people like you try and manipulate Apple. It's quite funny.
     
  12. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Loose cover != new computer....

    haha, if that were the case, oh my....
     
  13. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

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    Dude (original poster) get a (are we allowed to swear in here?) grip

    Your machine is not faulty. you said that it was after you ripped it apart that it became loose, so therefore is your fault. sometimes squeezing the tags on the cover can help but be careful, you can break the 'weld' like i did so i just put a dab of epoxy resin there to glue it back down.

    some things its just easier to fix yourself than take back to apple.
     
  14. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    haha morris.

    You "can" swear, but it's instantly replace with ***** inserts
     
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  16. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    let me just try. please nobody get angry at me. ****
     
  17. sheltem thread starter macrumors member

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    Ripped it apart? The section containing the battery, ram and harddrive are all considered user serviceable areas. I simply opened the battery latch to install my upgraded parts. When I put the battery cover on, it was always a little loose, no matter what I did. None of the tabs were broken or bent in anyway.

    I looked around the forums and apparently a lot of people were having this issue with early alum. macbooks (I bought my macbook back in October 2008). I probably won't bother replacing it b/c everything else is working good. Thanks for the input everyone.
     
  18. ahjjones Guest

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    You're quiet welcome. Now, if you want a new shiny MacBook Pro I suggest you start saving. :p
     
  19. tomster2300 macrumors member

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    Those guys are right. If you check out your manual, ram is listed as user serviceable parts (go check, it's in the table of contents...I'll wait).

    Now that we all know that, now do this. Put your old parts in when you take it in to the Apple store to get serviced. Why? Because putting in new ram or a hd isn't brain surgery, and doesn't alter anything unless you're really violent with it. You're literally taking something out of a hole and putting something else into it.
     

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