Part That Fails Most?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cambookpro, May 6, 2011.

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What part had failed when you took your MBP to Apple?

  1. SuperDrive

    10 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. Hard Drive/SSD

    27 vote(s)
    54.0%
  3. Screen

    9 vote(s)
    18.0%
  4. Fans

    5 vote(s)
    10.0%
  5. RAM

    3 vote(s)
    6.0%
  6. Graphics card

    10 vote(s)
    20.0%
  7. CPU

    2 vote(s)
    4.0%
  8. Ports (USB, FireWire etc)

    2 vote(s)
    4.0%
  9. Speaker/Microphone

    2 vote(s)
    4.0%
  10. Other (specify below)

    10 vote(s)
    20.0%
  1. cambookpro, May 6, 2011
    Last edited: May 7, 2011

    cambookpro macrumors 603

    cambookpro

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    Hi,
    Just thought it would be interesting to know what are the parts of the MBP most liable to go wrong. Vote in the poll above about what you've had to take your MBP to Apple for.
     
  2. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    Had my trackpad replaced 3 months ago. Current one plays up occasionally too.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You didn't include "None" or "Battery" or "Keyboard" or "Display" or "Hinge".
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    LCD, Motherboard, SuperDrive, Hard Drive, Top Case, Keyboard, Battery, hinge and Trackpad. This is spread over a three year period, I believe it was somewhere around 12 repairs and three replacement computers.
     
  5. RetepNamenots macrumors 6502

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    My mid-09 17" had its Logic Board, LCD and hard drive all replaced. I got fed up with it so just sold it and have ordered a new 15" (should be here Wednesday!)
     
  6. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

    cambookpro

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    That's why there's an other option...
     
  7. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    but that would be silly. When you have 'other' as an option, one would take that as a fault that hasn't already been mentioned. Surely 'None' is not a fault... or am I the only one thinking that?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not to mention the fact that there are most likely more battery, keyboard and hinge issues than some of the other items on the list. Also, there are FAR more who would select None than any of the other items. This is an example of the type of survey that results in misleading conclusions being drawn.
     
  9. Mal macrumors 603

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    If you're talking about failures, and not parts that get damaged or simply wear down (like the battery), then I can tell you from experience as a tech that the Hard Drive is by far the most likely part to fail. At many times, I've seen that half or more of the machines we were servicing were there for hard drive replacements. Very few were because of anything the user did to the computer.

    jW
     
  10. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    The parts that fail the most often are the HDD and the SuperDrive.
     
  11. amarcus macrumors 6502

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    I've had my superdrive fail on me. But I'd imagine that the hard drive is just as easily damaged.
     
  12. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Okay, okay, okay, sheesh...

    Just don't post if nothing has failed then. This is to find out what part fails most, not if your MBP does actually fail.
     
  13. discounteggroll macrumors 6502

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    I am in and out of unibody MBP's multiple times a day. #1 part that dies consistently and constantly is the hard drive/sleep LED cable.

    I actually have at least 5 on hand at any given moment so I can do the repair instantly. Not a pain in the ass repair either, but a really poor product and design.
     
  14. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    It's easier to damage a hard drive than it is to damage a SuperDrive.
     
  15. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    How the he'll is this fair when you group Hard Disk Drive with SSD?
     
  16. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I've had a bunch of operator failures that I didn't think a trip to Apple could resolve.
     
  17. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    The nut in front of the screen is the biggest failure point.

    (Based on Macrumors Posts anyway ;))
     
  18. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Google's study shows how quickly many of them fail.

    With that said, I cannot speak to many of the cheaper netbooks, as I am used to the MBP and higher end PCs. I've heard cheaper plastic parts such as hinges tend to break more often, but many times people simply ignore those issues, where as massive hard drive failure cannot be overlooked.
     
  19. ayeying macrumors 601

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    For laptops, I only brought it in for a awkward smudge on the black bezel, probably a defect. It wasn't hit, no dents or scratches on the lid or on the glass, it just looks discolored and smudged.

    For iPhones, I only brought it in for dust under the screen.

    Beyond that, none of my parts failed.
     

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