Something growing under my trackpad!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hotspur00, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Hotspur00 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    OK, this is really weird. See the pic.

    This MBP13 mid-2010 was carefully stored clean, dry, and safe in its original box for about 5 months, from last August until sometime in December. It was in perfect condition when I put it away. When I took it out about a month ago, the right side of the trackpad was sticking up just slightly. The trackpad still mostly works for tapping and dragging, but won't click down. Since then it has continued to "swell", and this morning (Feb 4) it looks like this. Bulged so much it has cracked. Surprisingly, it still works (but no clicking, can't push it down, so I have now attached a USB mouse), but is bulging up so much I can't even close the lid all the way.

    Something underneath it is growing!

    Has anyone seen this before?

    Macbook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13” Mid-2010, model A1278


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  2. krishmk macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2010
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    It's your battery. Eventually, it will burst and leak, destroying the machine. Take it in for professional care ASAP.
  4. Hotspur00 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    --- Post Merged, Feb 4, 2016 ---
    Thank for the reply. I may try self repair.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

    Feb 20, 2009
    As others have said, the battery is failing and "expanding" in the process.

    You want to replace it (and the damaged trackpad) as soon as possible.

    You can take it to an Apple Store or it might be possible to do it yourself. The trackpad is ruined, but the rest of the top of the MacBook looks ok.

    For battery replacement, go to this page:

    For the trackpad, go here:

    You can find them at Home Depot, Lowe's, hardware stores, online, or at ifixit.

    Also, the part numbers you need are on ifixit's page.
    Be aware that they may not have the items in stock (trackpad, battery), but with the right part numbers you can find them elsewhere, such as ebay.

    The MacBook Pro from 2010 is very easy to open and repair.
    Even I could do it!

    While you're "in there", you might give some consideration to replacing the platter-based hard drive with an SSD.
    You will be AMAZED at the increase in performance.
  6. Hotspur00 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    Fishrrman, thank you. iFixit is a good site. So I was in fact following the DIY route, and have installed the new trackpad and battery. All good, but the trackpad now needs adjusting (barely functional once all is reassembled) and I can't fix it because I need yet another tool. Damn,why can't all screws just be Phillips? I have now ordered a toolset that includes the T6 Hex Screwdriver I need. -Hotspur
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Because apple doesn't want you opening the computer and fixing the problem. Not that you shouldn't but clearly they don't want you or anyone else opening it up
  8. Count Blah macrumors 68030

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    An intermittent failing trackpad is a good sign of a swelling battery
  9. McBeresford macrumors regular


    May 31, 2005
    That's your battery, power down and disconnect from AC immediately. Contact Apple and file a safety hazard report.

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