Sharp Cracking Noise from Hinge

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mew2468, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Mew2468 macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2009
    Home of the 2010 Winter Games
    My new 13.3" Unibody MacBook Pro has been great up until now. I've had it since September and it's worked without a charm. For some reason, as I went to close the hinge (slowly) today, it made an extremely sharp cracking sound, as if the screen had broken off. I had mini-heart attack on the inside, thinking that the screen of my MacBook Pro had just broken. I quickly opened the screen to see that nothing was damaged. I went to close it again and I went past the point that the cracking noise happened at (it sounds like it gets caught). As I kept closing it, the cracking noise happened about 3 more times. No noises come from it as I open the MacBook Pro, but when I slowly close it, it cracks (really loudly).

    I've been closing the lid really quickly now, and no cracking sounds occur when I do that. Do you think it's a loose screw or something like that?

    Should I take it into an Apple Store to see if they can fix it? This laptop is like my baby. :(

    Edit: I somewhat temporarily alleviated the issue by pushing a piece of paper through the hinge and out the back of the laptop an pulling it back and forth. The hinge worked well for about 5 times, then started cracking again.

    Edit: Now that I think about it, it might be caused because it's been on for about 11 hours. I've never worked it this hard before. I'll try again after I go to sleep, and see if the problem has gone away.

    Edit: Okay, the problem is a little better now. There are still tension points (there are less though), but they don't crack very often as I go past them.
  2. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    If it's under warranty you should definitely take it in.
  3. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    Take it to apple if it continues, if not just give it some time, only you know how bad it sounds
  4. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
    my 03 powerbook does that..
    been doing it for a couple of years now (after it fell off a table)..
    still works though.

    but yeah, if it's still under warranty, might as well have it looked at.
  5. maladroit macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2006
    I'm having this issue, too (same series 13" MBP). It's probably not as loud as yours sounds, however the hinge when opened makes a cracking sound. Doesn't matter if it is fast or slow. Also, it almost sounds like something is loose in there. It's been doing this for about two months.

    I plan on taking mine to my Apple store, but I've got a month of school left so it'll have to hold off til then.

    I also have sleep/wake problems, but I'm going to make a new thread about that. Let me know what they tell you.

  6. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I just took my 13" MBP to Apple to have my hinge repaired for the same reason. The hinge is connected to the screen so they are replacing the whole screen as well. All I can recommend for you is not to wait long on this. If your hinge breaks they will blame you for physical damage.
  7. maladroit macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Thanks for the heads up. What was the turnaround time for you?
  8. maladroit macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Just an update--

    Took the computer in about a month ago and the Apple genius didn't seem to care about the problem and dispatched me real quick.

    Went to a different store today and they acknowledged it was a known problem and is in for repair.


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