Mac Pro Side Panel Won't Lock

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TSparger, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. TSparger macrumors member

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    I just realized that I can open the side panel of my Mac Pro even though the lock lever in the back is in the locked position. Is this normal? I have a refurb unit and am wondering if it is a defect.
     
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

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    That shouldn't happen. It sounds like you are missing the tabs that lock the panel into place.
     
  3. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Double check that the side was closed properly to begin with...
     
  4. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    All four tabs above the HDD bays should be straight when looked at from above, and when you lock the lever back into the closed state with the lid off, you should see them slide to the left in a definite 'hook' arrangement with an orange indication coming into view.

    In addition you should be aware that there is an additional push that is required beyond just putting the lid on, until it clicks into place.

    Defect Refurb? If you don't find the above probably, who knows. I wouldn't have believed at first that refurb QC is even worse than new given how crap that is, but it seems to be the case in terms of the refurb replacements that we've received.
     
  5. TSparger thread starter macrumors member

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    The tabs are there and appear to be straight and I see the orange when I push the lock lever down, but the tabs just don't seem to move laterally enough to catch the slots on the cover. I guess I will just live with it :(
     
  6. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    Do the hooks move the entire distance of their opening when you "close" the lever?

    If so, make sure the top of the panel if flush against the rest of the computer before you close. It does require a little push to get in line.

    If not, and it bothers you, you could always take it in if you have an accessible Apple Store.
     
  7. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Perhaps if you can post pictures of the tabs and possibly more importantly, the raised 'strip' inside of the lid where the tabs go into - we can help a little more.
     
  8. gb1 macrumors newbie

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    Try This to Fix Mac Pro Side Panel not locking

    I have had the same problem for years. I finally solved it. While this may be way too late for you, I'm adding the reply to help others, this is the first thread I found in a search on how to solve this.

    I had replaced my DVD drives many years ago. Turns out that you have to give a really hard shove to the sled to seat it properly. If it's not in all the way, the locking mechanism can't slide all the way forward to lock the side panel. Once I got it in right, the side panel locks perfectly.
     
  9. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for sharing this nice post. :)
     

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