MBP - Slot drive opening showing wear and tear...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by schmons, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. schmons macrumors newbie

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    so I have a 1+ year old MBP where the superdrive is located right under the right hand plam rest... well my palm is usually resting right above the opening when im using the trackpad and it's starting to show signs of wear.
    The opening towards the center of the slot is pinched down a little. if you look at it straight on, there is a slight concave look to it. the left side is just fine.
    well im starting to notice when i eject a cd/dvd, the top of the disk is starting to rub against the top of the slot opening. is anyone else noticing this or is it just me?
    should i take some pliers and open it up again?
     
  2. CapitalQ macrumors member

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    My MBP has this problem, and I've had it for less than half a year. Here's a picture of the slotdrive, and then a picture of the drive with a yellow outline showing what shape it should actually be (note the concave/dip). Discs are starting to eject improperly or not at all. Any suggestions?

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  3. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    Wow. That's actually quite a big problem. Do either of you have AppleCare? I'm sure Apple will give you a new MBP if it's under warranty.
     
  4. CapitalQ macrumors member

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    I do have AppleCare, but I really don't want to have to start over after putting six months into this computer (on both the OS X and Windows partitions). I guess I'll wait until it stops working completely before I report a problem.
     
  5. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    Just use a program like Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper to make a backup image of your hard drive contents. Then you can restore that on your new MBP. (Not sure if it'll work with Windows partitions.)

    Or, if you use Time Machine that makes it even easier. When you get your new MBP, just plug in your external drive, and boot off of the Leopard DVD. Then you can restore OS X.
     
  6. CapitalQ macrumors member

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    I don't use Leopard, and I really care more about keeping the Windows partition intact, heh.
     
  7. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    There are so many weird problems with the MBPs; they've been out for several generations and multiple years now, and stuff like this continues to happen. I wonder how people expect things will be any different with the MBP that debuts in January.
     
  8. amrk47 macrumors regular

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    macbook pros are good for 6 months and thats it
    they either dent, scratch, chip, bend, whatever

    u never hear Dell users complaining about these issues

    this is why im awaiting the redesign of the MBP
     
  9. rogair macrumors member

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    Unfortunately Apple won't give you a replacement for that. Its caused by you pressing down with your palm when typing, or when you pick up the machine with 1 hand and squish it yourself (intentional or not). Take a flat head screwdriver and wrap it in a thin cloth (tea towel), insert and twist it slowly. Only way to fix it.
     
  10. CapitalQ macrumors member

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    The slot was bent from the day I bought the laptop; I assumed it was a design flaw but never thought it was a big deal. Only lately have I begun to notice problems with ejecting discs.
     
  11. just02 macrumors member

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    :rolleyes:

    The screwdriver idea sounds good, but contact Apple or head over to an Apple Store to get their opinion. :) If they replace it, you could always request that they transfer your files ($$); or like others mentioned, just move all of your data to a different harddrive and boot off of it to make sure every thing is a go. Good luck!
     
  12. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502

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    You don't know many Dell users, do you? :)
     
  13. CapitalQ macrumors member

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    The poster was correct; MacBook owners typically have much more hardware-related problems than Dell users. Apple's quality control department leaves little to the imagination.
     
  14. CapitalQ macrumors member

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    Thanks for this idea, I did something similar with a similar object and similar covering... and, uh, it worked pretty well. Discs eject nice and smoothly now. The drive looks a little funky, but, hey, functionality over design (whoops, wrong forum).
     
  15. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Totally agree. Dells may not be pretty, but they get the job done. And in the end, I'd rather deal with a cheap machine that's built like a brick and lasts like one, than a gorgeous machine that self-destructs piece by piece, taking my bank account with it. If two computers break down in a year, but one costs three times as much as the other, it's pretty hard to argue the cheaper machine was a worse deal than the expensive one.
     
  16. broken macrumors newbie

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    i also had the same problem.. and i now i can't insert any cd because i'm afraid that my mbp will swallow it.
    I'm planning on taking it to a nearby apple store, but i'm not sure wheter they will get it covered or not.. and i doubt that the repair will take a shor time..
    and i just have my mbp for 4 months now.. *sigh*
    Is the complementary 1year warranty can cover this up?
     
  17. RealaT macrumors regular

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    i've just joined these forums to find out about this exact problem (see, some of us are capable of searching first :p)

    i'm having this same problem on my 3 month old MBP, and i see the cause is exactly what i thought it was, i have a habit of leaning hard on the very edge of a desk with the ball of my palm when i'm using a computer, and this is obviously what i've done on my MBP pressing the damn thing down too hard!!

    i've actually fixed it using one of those plastic 'ipod opening tools' you get with replacement batteries

    nice to finally be a member of the forums after reading posts for the last couple of months
     
  18. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    That's a very bold statement based on what? Your subjective opinion from spending equal time on both types of forums and in their repair stores?

    I am not disagreeing with you, I am merely arguing about your basis for uttering non-backed up claims. :)
     
  19. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Every Mac bar the Pro towers uses slot loading trays... do Dells? No wonder you don't hear about the same issue. Genius.
     
  20. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    If Apple would let Dell to make Mac compatible notebook, opposite to IBM compatible then it would be nice one but I doubt that Apple would let it.

    Windows is just blah.
     
  21. CapitalQ macrumors member

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    It's my subjective opinion from being a Windows user for ten years of my life and a Mac user for half of one year. The amount of problems posted daily in this very forum is mind-boggling.

    When he said "these" problems, I assumed he was referring to the more frequently appearing topics in this forum, like screen "yellowing," overheating and keyboard unresponsiveness; not just CD drive issues.
     
  22. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    I'VE SAID IT BEFORE, AND ILL SAY IT AGAIN. THE TIBOOK WAS THE BEST LAPTOP DESIGN APPLE EVER PRODUCED.

    I have owned one, my friend owned one. 3 years of use, dropped 3 times, the thing will not break. It doesn't bend, warp, or any of that. The only issue was the paint would chip but I don't care about that, I just look at it like a used race car. They look scratched up, but underneath it's top notch. I really wish Apple would introduce a completely new case and material. The aluminum case apple is using today, is really soft/thin. They need a harder, more durable material that's not brittle! It's common ***** sense. Why do companies always take a great thing and ruin it. Human nature i suppose. :rolleyes:
     
  23. jnc macrumors 68020

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    That as may be, I think Apple issues seem more prevalent as the market is smaller, and due mostly to the machine's pricepoints, the complaints are louder ;)
     
  24. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Exactly but for the Price you shouldn't have these stupid problems reducing up-time of the machine I mean if it's for work and you have to do a presentation and your computer doesn't work your screwed.
     

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