MacBook Hardware Flaws

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nickdj, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. nickdj macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    I have only had my macbook a couple days now and it is a great little machine. I am however noticing some possible physical flaws.

    1. There is a slight gap between casing and keyboard area on left above the ports.
    2. Seems to get pretty hot. (heard this was normal)
    3. When macbook is closed the top half (display) seems a little loose and shifts slightly from side to side when pressure is applied at front corners. (noticed while whiping)

    Are these things normal? Any feedback from new owners would be great.
  2. Sicarius macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    From what I've heard, the screen/top casing is supposed to be a little loose. Something to do with the magnets, otherwise it'd be really hard to open. The heat is a wide-spread issue. Not sure about the keyboard though.
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    It is all normal. If you encounter the same issues on a Dell you wouldn't even give it a second thought.
  4. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    Can you post some pictures please of what your talking about?
  5. iBorg20181 macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    #3 sure doesn't sound normal - do you mean that the lid's hinges are loose, or that the screen itself moves within the lid?

  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I'm assuming you're only asking for photos of #1, because #2 and 3 are a bit difficult to photograph.

    I think 2 of these observations are indeed real issues, and not someone being too whiney. There's no gap on the top left of my keyboard, and when my laptop lid is closed, the lid is as stiff as a........a....really long metal rod. :eek: No wiggling.
  7. Nuks macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2006
    #3 happens to my macbook. The top feels... flimsy when its closed. You can kind of move it from side to side... I thought it was normal but I guess not. I just figured it was because the magnets weren't as strong as a physical latch.
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    the lid on my MB doesn't move when closed... that doesn't sound normal.
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6

    No, that does not sound normal to me either. :eek:
  10. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    my one has an ever so slight movement if you hold it on thje right side of the book..
    not enought to bother me, but obviously, if it fell apart, i will be calling apple :D
  11. nickdj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    To explain further.

    On the gap: When looking at the left side from the side. (not looking down) you can notice a slight gap. where the glossy casing meets the off white inner. Very small, almost unnoticable.

    Loose Cover: Loose is probably the wrong word. But when the macbook is closed if you were to place your fingers at the front corners and apply pressure from side to side there is a little give. The give is only a matter of millimeters.

  12. andrewmulligan macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2006

    1. I have that as well. A friend with a MB had this happen as well and the Apple Store repaired. I'm taking it in soon to get new palmrests and such so I will bring this up then.
    2. Normal. Make sure both firmware updates are installed.
    3. That happens to me as well. I got over it fast. ;-)
  13. andrewmulligan macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2006
    I've tried to photograph this but I lack a dSLR and a Macro lens *crosses fingers for chrismtas ;-)* I'll try again with my camera. It's really not that wide.
  14. andrewmulligan macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2006
    We expect more from Apple.
  15. scott523 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Saint Charles, MO
    For my MacBook, I'd say the white casing along the side of the ports/SuperDrive aren't firmly secure (you press the white casing along the left side inwards and you can see the plastic moves under the gray bezel.

    Besides that, I'd say there's some flaw with the AirPort. The AirPort works flawlessly at my home network since there is minimal security protection (64-bit WEP encryption). However, at my university, they use 802.11b along with 128-bit encryption and a proxy. Here's my situation:

    1. Connected to Temple University wireless (wireless4owls).
    2. I put my computer to sleep (disconnects from 'wireless4owls').
    3. I wake up my computer.
    4. The AirPort 'sees' the Temple University 'wireless4owls' network name but refuses to connect while displaying an error message, "There was an error joining the network 'wireless4owls'."

    To wrap this up, my previous CD MacBook did not have this problem connecting. :confused:
  16. clicq macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    On my new (got it today!) Macbook, I haven't noticed the two fit/finish issues you were describing. The area near the ports where the bright white plastic meets the grayish plastic is flush, though if I push in on the area near the ports, it will deflect about 0.5mm (though I see the same thing on my DS lite). When my screen is closed if i push on a corner, the screen moves *maybe* 0.5mm, but it feels pretty rigid to me. As for heat, mine gets warm in normal usage, but it's comparable to most PC laptops I've used.
  17. Jahz macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2006
  18. nickdj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
  19. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
  20. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    1. I don't have that gap and I wouldn't consider that normal. The left side of my MacBook is slightly buckled outwards, you can actually push it in.

    2. They are somewhat hot. Be careful with the new firmware, quite a few people are reporting temperature increase. you can always download SMCFanConrtol to adjust your fan speed.

    3. My MacBook has the same problem, and I was wondering the same thing.
  21. nickdj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    Dan o Mac: is yours loose or just has some give when you apply pressure to the sides? Seems like it could be normal and not a defect, but if we have the one in a hundred that have it than thats a prob. I would be curious to know how prevelant it is.

    As for the pic i posted referring to the gap. Mine is not that prevelant but that is the area and type of gap. mine is much smaller. that is an extreme case.
  22. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    Mine has give when you apply pressure, not so much on the right as the left. There is a slight bow around the bottom left side of the laptop it sticks out just a little more than the rest.
  23. nickdj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    i think i have the exact same thing. except mine bows out a little on the right. I wonder if this is very common?
    How long ago did you get yours?
    Do you think you will bring it in?
  24. nickdj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    The more i read about macbook issues the more i find wrong with mine. I'm now noticing 2 black pixels.

    What the hell Apple!
  25. whawhat macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    yeah, i have this with my black macbook as well. i am content for now, however, as i don't have any other of the issues to speak of (knock on wood) :rolleyes:

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