New 15" PB: kbd question - defective????!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by furrina, Jun 13, 2004.

  1. furrina macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2004
    In tha 212
    I just set up my brand new pb 15 (1.5, 1 g ram) and everything is perfect EXCEPT there seems to be something wierd about the shut lock mechanism and the keyboard, though I wonder if that's just the way it's made:

    When I shut the computer lid, there is no "click" and it doesn't close all the way down flush with the bottom. Though it IS locked, and I have to press the button to unlock, there's space betw. the two halves and some "play", i.e. I can wiggle it a little. Is this just the way it is or is this machine defective (I hope not!!).

    Also, possibly related, the keys on the kbd closest to me seem to be raised, i.e. there is space between them and the computer. They don't sit down flush with the flat computer bottom. It's almost as if the keyboard's not pushed in all the way, but the keys work fine (though they're a little stiff for my taste).

    Can someone pls. help on this who has any experience, as I just dropped a bundle on this baby and it should be perfectly functional upon arrival of course.

  2. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    i would imagine that the space between the keyboard and the screen is normal as you don't want the keys scratching the screen

  3. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    It is designed to have a small gap between the screen and the Keyboard, this will leave you with a mm or 2 gap between the bottom of the computer and the screen. This is done to prevent the keys from scratching the screen. If you want to prevent the keys from doing this slip the piece of styrofoam in between the screen and KB when you are not using the computer.
  4. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    I believe that Macworld commented on this in their review of the powerbooks updates. I believe that it is designed to be that way.
  5. veedubdrew macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    My 17" has a gap between the machine base and the screen when the lid is closed. My old 12" PB was the same way so I'd assume it's normal.

    The raised keyboard is also normal, it's that way on my 17 and was that way on my 12.

  6. OziMac macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2003
    Not directly related to your 15" keyboard issue (regarding which I agree with the above posts that it has been made that way for a reason) - but my keyboard on my BTO 15" has other issues too. The 'L', 'K', ',' and the left command key all stick when pressed and make a (for want of a better word) thumping noise when they are pressed, unlike all the other keys which depress smoothly and make very little sound. Also, the screw on the right side near the screen has not been screwed in correctly.

    Small defects, but annoying - looks like someone rushed my BTO. Hoping to take it to an Apple Centre to get looked at soon, but they're all closed or don't have techs working whenever I've been in - hopefully they'll be okay during the week...
  7. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Answer to Q1: The gap is normal, like everyone else said.

    Answer to Q2: Depends on what you mean. The top of all the keys should be one or two mm above the top plate, if their not even, or if you think it's too big, take it to an Authorized Repair Center and have them look at it, as this would probably be too hard to explain over the phone.
  8. furrina thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2004
    In tha 212
    Thanks for the feedback, I guess the space between the kbd and screen is normal, (in the #2 part I was referring to how the keys seem too high above the computer, not space betw. the kbd, and screen).
    It just seems that such a well-designed machine would close with a nice "click" when shut, so you know it's shut...
  9. OziMac macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2003
    Ah, but it makes no noise because it is so well designed! ;)

    Wish the same were true of my sticky keys!

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