Mac mini wobble?

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  1. Zubba macrumors member

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    Out of curiosity, do all mac minis wobble towards the front when laying flat, or did I just get lucky?
     
  2. newellj macrumors 601

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    I think it's just you... :eek:
     
  3. brentmore macrumors 6502

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    I think it's just you friend.
     
  4. Zubba thread starter macrumors member

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    :( Got a 2012 refurb unit from Apple that has a warped case. I contemplated keeping it because these are hard to get, but it's so bad that 1) it's lopsided, and 2) it slides around on the desk with the faintest of pressure because it's not making proper contact. Sending it back. Oh well :(

    On the bright side I still have my rMBP. :D
     
  5. brentmore macrumors 6502

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    I would imagine that the warranty would cover something as bad as you describe. Hope it's resolved!
     
  6. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, surely Apple can fix it? Otherwise you could stick rubber feet on, or perhaps the circular access panel is not clicked in properly (remove and re-attach).
     
  7. Natzoo macrumors 65816

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    congrats u got the limited edition one. no but that shouldn't happen unless those things on the bottom of the mac mini has fallen out.
     
  8. Zubba thread starter macrumors member

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    It's not the plastic piece, I removed and checked it. Unfortunately it's the aluminum case that bulges towards the center front. I called up apple and asked if it could be fixed/exchanged, but they said that since it was a refurb all they could do was issue a refund.
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Nah... refurbs have the same 1-year warranty that a brand-new unit has.
    Either you were told incorrectly, or you misunderstood what they told you.
    You can't exchange, because they would need to have another like refurb in stock, and that's not too likely.
    Can you take to an Apple store, or authorized service center - so you can show what you have?
    Apple can certainly repair, unless you got a "refurb" from a non-Apple source.
     
  10. brentmore macrumors 6502

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    Is there an Apple Store near you that you can stop by with the mini?
     
  11. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    This is why I could never buy a refurb. My OCD would never allow it
     
  12. brentmore macrumors 6502

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    I used to buy new, by 4 of the last 5 macs that I've purchased were refurbished. I think they're an exceptional value. I had a PBG4 with some screen issues and I was able to take advantage of AppleCare, eventually getting a full screen replacement. That's been my experience, I'm sure there are others good and bad.
     
  13. Zubba thread starter macrumors member

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    :rolleyes:

    Apple needs you to call them to fill them in on what their policy is.

    It's a DOA issue, so I was told I had no repair options, and since it was a refurb no exchange option.
     
  14. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Ah, that makes sense now.
    DOA - damaged on arrival.
    No exchanges - because those are not available.
    No repair, as the case is bent?, and would usually be called a cosmetic repair, etc (or shipping damage, which is not a factory defect)
    Now, I can understand why you are only offered a refund.

    Is it so bad that it can't sit on a pad. My un-bent mini sits on a sheet of that cushioned vinyl drawer liner that you can find at any store that sells kitchen accessories - it doesn't slide around on my small desk...
    If not, then it's a refund.
     
  15. Zubba thread starter macrumors member

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    It's pretty bad. I'd definitely have to disclose the issue if I ever sold it. I'm still kicking around the idea of just keeping it, and getting a sideways stand, as the internals look brand new.
     
  16. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    I've used those little round rubber stick on pads under my mini ever since it was new.
    First to get a bit of elevation for better ventilation, and second for better traction on my desktop when inserting cables and USB connections etc.
    BTW, best to use 3 pads in a triangle setup, 3 will always sit level, try to use 4 and 1 will always be too long or too short.
     
  17. brentmore macrumors 6502

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    Tool box liner, in addition to being a great way to protect tools, also has really nice leveling qualities so I second this recommendation.
     
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  19. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    Warped Aluminum?

    I am stuck trying to figure out how your problem is not linked to the black unipod base section. :confused:

    I suppose that the factory could have machined the case improperly but I can't imagine what environmental conditions or forces could have warped the case. Could you please post some pictures of your case and base?
     
  20. newellj macrumors 601

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    Same here. The Mini sits on the black base, not the aluminum case.
     
  21. Zubba thread starter macrumors member

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    The aluminum is misshaped, which retards the plastic base when you place it on. Removing the plastic, it pops back into a flat piece, but it can't stay flat and fit on to the aluminum. I decided to just send it back.
     
  22. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    That says it! It seems like returning that mini is your best option. If aligning the base index dot with the case mark makes the base deform then something is wrong.
     

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