screen hinge weak? Too much play

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by noles200, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. noles200 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    Ok, so on my old white 13" MB when I pick up the computer to take it to another room with the screen open it would never move back and forth. When I would tilt it at a 45% angle it wouldn't move.

    Now I just purchased a new 15" MBP (sweet btw). My only issue seems to be that when I tilt the computer 45% or more the screen almost closes.

    Is it a weak hinge? Can that be tightened at an apple store (I am lucky and have 4 that are within about 35 to 40 minutes here in NJ)?

    I would open it up myself and take a look but since it's only a couple days old and I have 2 weeks with it I'd prefer to take it back to get fixed or replaced so I don't think I should open it.
  2. veterator macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2007
    My screen moves very easily compared to others I have owned, but not a loose as what you are describing. If yours is that floppy you might take it back and have them check it. I would play around with others at the store to make sure mine was in line with the actions of others.
  3. noles200 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    Thanks veterator. I think I'm going to do exactly that. If the screens in the store are the same I guess that I'll live with it. I'm going to bring mine with me just in case they are not as flimsy as mine.
  4. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    I have the same issue... did you check out the store for comparisons? And are they all like this?

    Let me know.
  5. jshelton macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2008
    My white Macbook had a pretty solid hinge, but I noticed the lid on the 13 MBP I bought seemed loose. I ended up exchanging it due to screen issues (that I conjured out of thin air), and the new one is the same way.

    I wouldn't worry about it. I have figured out in the past few weeks that this forum will make you insane and overly particular. It's just a computer. You have a 1 year warranty, and AppleCare if you choose to. Enjoy your computer and don't spend every second trying to find a defect. :D
  6. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    THanks for the update. Since I got my hard-case Speck Satin cover for my MBP I have been much more relaxed :cool:. The weak hinge or design is poor for usablity as I cannot use my laptop on my lap unless I sit at a 90 degree angle ± 30 degree or avoid making any sudden movements.
  7. noles200 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    I did check them out at the store and they are all the same. I was told, and it sounds legit, that because it is all aluminum the screen does way a bit more. I've since gotten used to it.
  8. Belm macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    This is so true. I don't even have one yet and this board is making me paranoid.

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