Something is rattling inside my Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by afk7867, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. afk7867 macrumors newbie

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    So a couple of days ago my macbook was sitting in its laptop carrier case and it fell. I didn't have time to check if anything was wrong so I simply went to class. In class and throughout the day my laptop was working perfectly fine. Except, when I moved it around and tilted it vertically there was this very distinct shuffling/rattling sound inside, as if multiple parts were loose. It sounded like there was loose change rattling around inside.

    So now, I am 100% sure that there are some loose pieces moving around my laptop. The thing is, this happened on Wednesday and my laptop has still been working fine. I was going to take it to bestbuy because I have warranty there but I am scared that they are going to take my laptop in for a couple of weeks to repair, and I don't have that time because finals are coming. I've backed everything up but what do you suggest? Should I take it in sometime next weekend or let it be since my laptop has not stopped working? Thanks!
     
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    Personally I would just open it up and see if it's an easy fix. Could be a simple as a lose bracket, nut, cable etc. Just lookup a guide for opening your model on iFixit.
     
  3. cheesyappleuser macrumors 6502a

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    I'd look for a spare computer right now and send it to Best Buy.
    In case you can't have someone to borrow you a computer you should use it until finals and then having it fixed.
    Opening up your computer might be a very bad idea since it will probably break your warranty.
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Something loose could be metal and cause a short so power down and take the bottom cover off, then try and shake out whatever is loose, if/when it drops out replace the cover and do your finals, your MBP is not likely to fail due to the removal of something loose but it could well fail if it shorts something out. Once you have your finals done then send it in, or not as you wish....removing the lower cover does not invalidate your warranty as there are user-serviceable parts inside.
     
  5. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't see where he says which model he has. Surely if it is a late 2013 there are no user serviceable parts inside so it would invalidate the warranty.

    Barney
     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Only if he disturbs something - but then there IS damage inside already.

    Why assume the worst warranty case of a 2013 model, on random ownership statistics is it more likely to be out of warranty and he refers to it as a "Macbook" rather than an MBP...if he takes it for Apple investigation/repair it will likely be chargeable anyway.
     
  7. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    He also states he has warranty at BestBuy, that suggests it is still rather new.

    Barney
     
  8. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    Take it to apple instead since it sounds fairly new. They can problem get the job done faster the Best Buy.
     

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