My MacBook Air screen now opens to 160+ degrees... crap

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by uberamd, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. uberamd macrumors 68030

    uberamd

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    So my MacBook Air screen has decided it wanted to recline a little more and now opens to around 160 degrees or more instead of the standard 125 degrees. Basically, the screen on the air opens almost flat. Crap.

    My girlfriend was using my Air and sent me a message saying it suddenly started opening further. I didn't believe her, so she sent me picture mail of it. The Air still works perfectly, screen and all, and the hinges are just as tight as they were on day 1, however it just opens significantly further.

    I brought it to a service provider, hoping they can fix it for free as it is under warranty and was a refurbished system when purchased back in May. Only time will tell.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

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  2. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    Well, the good news is this is a feature you previously didn't have... The bad news is that CANNOT be good for the hinges.
     
  3. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

    uberamd

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    Thats exactly what I was thinking. This is the part that broke, very small and doesn't look like it can take too much pressure before breaking off and letting the screen open flat:

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  4. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just thought I would update: 23 hours later my on campus Apple Authorized Service Center replaced the display assembly, free of charge. Now that's service.
     
  5. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Ive seen that in an Apple Store before. I asked the genius and they didn't know what was going on. lol
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I suppose that sense Apple is aware and has accepted responsibility with the faulty hinges that most repair centers can do it on the spot and cover it via warranty/AppleCare.

    Congrats. How is your display? Any line issues?
     
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I had the same thing happen I guess about a month ago. Apple just replaced the hinges which I though was odd. Nice and tight now with no more max tilt.
     
  8. uberamd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The display looks good, it is the 9C73 LCD and I haven't noticed any lines.
     
  9. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Are people getting new screens or just repaired hinge?
     
  10. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    Getting a new screen. Apple Service Manual list the screen, housing, hinge and iSight as one part. No way to get hinges alone.
     
  11. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    Kinda ridiculous really.

    @uberamd you got it repaired at the U of M I take it?
     
  12. matelot macrumors regular

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