Macbook Pro doesn't sit flush

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  1. lyptt macrumors newbie

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    I've recently bought a BTO Macbook Pro and I've noticed over the past week that the tab underneath the Superdrive is raised off of the surface by around 1-2mm, causing the laptop to rock on either diagonal corner. I've also got the standard lid not closing flush on the right hand side issue.

    I've called apple support and they've told me to take it to an apple store, however I'm skeptical that they'll actually repair it under warranty. With my last Macbook Pro I got case warping around the superdrive that ended up sealing the drive, and in the end they said I "stepped on it" and I'd need to pay the repair fees, so in the end I got it repaired and sold it off.

    Has anyone else faced this issue or is it just me?
     
  2. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    That's really odd, are you putting a lot of pressure on it, perhaps unintentionally?
     
  3. lyptt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope, never. I literally got this laptop 2 weeks ago. It's been out of the house, 3 or 4 times maximum, and when it is I keep it in a laptop bag.
     
  4. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    Hmm, perhaps it has something to do with where you place it when it's in the bag/in transport? I really have no idea because it seems like something that couldn't possibly happen without physical pressure. Have you checked the battery? They've been known to swell up and damage the case.
     
  5. lyptt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well it's in its' own compartment at the back, I don't have anything heavy in the bag like books, in fact the laptop's the only thing in the back at all apart from my keys and phone.

    I haven't leant up against a wall and crushed it, and I haven't let it fall over with the laptop in there, when setting it down it's always leant against a wall.

    I haven't crushed the laptop in my hands or handled it roughly in the slightest, like I said it's barely even been outside, it's mostly been sitting on my desk.

    I've just checked the battery now and no signs of swelling anywhere.
     
  6. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    hmm, I really don't know then, perhaps closer to peak time some other users may have some possible explanations because to someone like me, it seems that there's no possible way this isn't a handling issue. Though I believe you when you say it's not, I just have no possible idea how it couldn't be.

    On a side note:

    Anyone else using this computer unsupervised?
     
  7. lyptt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, no-one uses it apart from me, and it's never unsupervised :p

    Could it be possible it's the case warping because of heat? I do play a few games and work with Xcode a lot.
     
  8. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Shove a beer matt under one corner that'll stop it wobbling about,seriously though if your unhappy with it try taking it to Apple,they can either replace it or give you some spill about it being in spec
     
  9. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    I thought of that for a moment, but I mean... wouldn't this be a common MBP problem if that were the case? Unless you're CPU is getting inordinately hot, but I still don't think it could get hot enough to warp aluminum (without mechanical pressure, of course :p)
     
  10. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    I seriously doubt it has anything to do with heat,it would shut down way before it could get hot enough to warp metal,like i said take it back to Apple and see what they have to say about it
     
  11. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    Touche, valid point.
     
  12. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Who's being Touche ?,the only way to deal with an issue like this is to take it back
     
  13. lyptt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I suppose you're right, I'll take it to an Apple Store, hopefully they'll just repair it, but no doubt they'll tell me I kicked it into a tree or tried to feed it to my cat or something.
     
  14. iMouse macrumors regular

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    PowerBook G4 12" - Same Issue

    This appears to be related to the slight warping of the aluminum during use. My 12" PowerBook G4 does the same thing from time to time as it bends a few millimeters to match the surface it is sitting on. This most often occurs when the fans are blasting to keep the thing cool.

    I would expect no different of the MacBook Pro. I've had my PowerBook since 2004 and haven't had a single issue with the bending. You'll find that a lot of surfaces just aren't 100% flat to begin with and will gradually get used to it. Most wood and aluminum-topped desks have at least a millimeter of warpage somewhere on the surface anyway. :rolleyes:
     
  15. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touché

    Perhaps I should have put the accent on the E. :)
     
  16. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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  17. lyptt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It probably happened when I was playing the spore demo, the fans were blasting then :p
     
  18. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    One of my pro's i've had since they came out,i've run flash,done photo & video editing on it,on a desk and never noticed any warping ,oh OP you sure one of the little feet aint missing ?
     
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    I'm all out of idea's then, i think it's just a case of live with it or if you cant take it back in the hope they might replace it,
     
  21. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I had that issue and Apple replaced my computer.
     
  22. ilifecomputer macrumors 6502

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    I think I have the same issue but am too scared about getting dead or stuck pixels to want to return. Let us know what happens and good luck =)
     
  23. bov macrumors 6502

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    You should definitely call Apple up or take it to a store. A wobbling MBP must be really annoying even trying to something as simple as typing!

    Plus it's pretty new so they should believe you :)
     
  24. lyptt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've taken a look this morning and the nib is less raised than yesterday, so I'm guessing this is heat related.
     
  25. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Take it back and get a replacement
     

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