My MBA wobbles on a flat surface... What should I do??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by eggersj, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. eggersj macrumors 6502

    eggersj

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    Today I discovered that my MBA wobbles while on a perfectly flat surface. Has anyone had this problem? I bought it in early March. It is driving me nutz while typing!!! I keep it in pristine condition. It doesn't even have a scratch on it and is always in it's WaterField sleeve in my messenger bag....

    Wobble wobble wobble... Should I take it back?
     
  2. pgharavi macrumors regular

    pgharavi

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    Take the bottom left end, and the top right end (of the keyboard) and flex it out.

    Seriously. It works. I usually do this once a week. lol
     
  3. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

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    Is this a recent turn of events or did you just not notice it when you got it?
     
  4. StealthRider macrumors 65816

    StealthRider

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    Find a not-flat surface?

    Honestly, flexing it is probably your best bet if you don't want to give it back to Apple for any length of time.
     
  5. Sesshi macrumors G3

    Sesshi

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    Yeah. Gentle flexing does straighten it out - recently my Air has also started to wobble. I bent it slightly so that it wobbles a bit less. My oldest, just about to be replaced TZ - straight as a ruler.
     
  6. eggersj thread starter macrumors 6502

    eggersj

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    Def a recent event. Haven't had a problem until last night. I will try to flex it to straighten it out.

    It was on a granite counter top when I first noticed it. Then I tried it on the kitchen table, and then the coffee table. All the same thing.

    Thanks for the advice!!!
     
  7. bartman-chinese macrumors member

    bartman-chinese

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    Why would the thing flex? Would heat be a factor?

    (Aside from the nasty dent I have no issues with mine)
     
  8. aussieinrome macrumors regular

    aussieinrome

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    Check the surface.

    is the surface flat? i thought my mba wobbled until i discovered it was my office desk surface that was distorted...
     
  9. Sesshi macrumors G3

    Sesshi

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    It doesn't so much flex as deform over time in everyday use.

    The shell is aluminium. As I said in your thread, it's a 'dead' metal, not a springy one like steel. So once it's shape is changed, it has a habit of staying changed. The Air does have a thick shell - indeed, it's necessary since it effectively has no internal chassis - but it can deform.

    For example, if like me you carry it in a non-rigid messenger bag most of the time than it is subject to mild flexing forces, which can over time deform a machine built like the Air (or the Macbook Pro). I doubt from the relative ease that I can bend the Air that the metal is treated in a way that optimises Aluminium's strengths. It's made for relative ease of manufacture - trading off weight, form and rigidity.
     

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