My Macbook is falling apart.. (with pictures)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by saaborac, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. saaborac macrumors newbie

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    I have been searching around for this topic, but it seems like this is another kind of "falling apart". I don't have warranty, I bought this in the US and I live in Denmark.. therefore, I can't get it fixed here.
    This is a late 2008 model.

    It started with the hinge being loose - which I found was normal for this model of the Pro - and I wanted to get that fixed, but never really got the tools ordered. So this has come gradually.. the hinge became more and more loose, and all of a sudden, one day, it looked like my screen was falling off my macbook. I am pretty sure the hinge is like non existent now!
    The only way I can use my macbook is by having the screen at a 90 degree angle, with something that supports the screen - or else it just looks like this.. Here are some photos:
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    I have been taking very good care of my computer and it hasn't suffered falls. It pains me to see this. :(

    Help, please?
    Caroline
     
  2. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    That can't happen unless you've misused it ... the hinge can't just break off like that :eek:
     
  3. kitzuki macrumors regular

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    there is a dent in one of your pictures....but yeah it may be just cheaper to replace it with a refurb model or buy a new
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I guess we have different definitions of "taking good care"
    Where did the big dents come from?
     
  5. saaborac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bought it used this summer, and it came with this dent.
    The loose hinge problem started only two months ago.
     
  6. boshii macrumors 68040

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    Why would you buy a used MBP, or any piece of electronics for that matter, that has a dent in it? :confused:
     
  7. saaborac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I read that the loose hinge is common in late '08 models. I believe this has happened because I have kept using it with a loose hinge for two months and it eventually broke.
     
  8. adztaylor macrumors 68000

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    Wow. That is a fair amount of damage. The cost to fix that might be a lil too high.
     
  9. saaborac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Because I bought it for 1000 bucks where as in Denmark they were 3000 at that time. I don't have that kind of money laying around.
     
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  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Guess we can see why it was sold on the cheap then
     
  12. Kalach macrumors member

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    Put it out of it's misery and sell the individual parts on ebay.

    Buy a new one... looking at those pictures was painful! :(
     
  13. saaborac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There wasn't any problems with until 6 months after I had bought it.
     
  14. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    My opinion? Unless you enjoy "do it yourself" jobs, and are pretty handy, it isn't worth fixing
    You can find parts and videos to help you rebuild it, but I wouldn't bother
     
  15. gox81 macrumors member

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    best option is to get a refurb.., I think you were too naive to listen to the guy who wanted to sell...dents are common in the late 2008 models?
    good luck.
     
  16. saaborac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Let me repeat I don't have 2000 dollars laying around for this.
    I made this thread for people to maybe repost some videos they have seen fixing something like this, and yes, I am rather handy.
     
  17. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

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    go to ifixit's site and watch tear down vids and you going to have to order new parts
     
  18. saaborac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Loose hinges are. I think a dent is worth 2000 dollars out of my pocket.
     
  19. saaborac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I repeat again, this dent was present 6 months before there was any problem with the screen.
     
  20. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    If you were so "handy" you would have been smart enough to not snap the front of the screen in half. Looking at the pictures the hinge looks fine...you just snapped the screen off of the hinge because instead of moving the hinge you were pulling on the top of the screen when you knew it was loose.
     
  21. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

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    maybe so but it was still the cause without any doubt in my mind that is the cause this computer was severly abused before you bought it. the dent should have been the first clue.
     
  22. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Regardless of the dent or it being "common" to have a hinge problem, the bottom line is you have a severely damaged computer

    In order to fix it, as stated by others, you will need a lot of expensive parts and a fair amount of expertise

    ifixit.com will help you to decide I'm sure

    But if it were me, I would take whatever money I would spend on fixing this and invest it in another computer, even if it was older and less powerful

    Your asking for help and opinions... this is mine
     
  23. Cully411 macrumors member

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    Let me repeat again, stop being a cheapskate and buy a case for your macbook.
     
  24. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    What is a case going to do when you snap the hinge mount off the screen?
     
  25. Cully411 macrumors member

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    Maybe clumsiness prevails over stupidity here, but MBP's are very durable machines.
     

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