Squeaky MBP Spacebar!

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Hello!

My beloved SR MBP has developed a squeaky spacebar and it's driving me insane.

Is there any way for me to 'pop it off' and try and figure out what's going on? Can I fix it myself? I refuse to send my *perfect* laptop back to Apple over a spacebar!

I wonder if I could get it sorted 'on the day' at one of the UK's Apple Stores?

Mhm. All*squeak*advice*squeak*appreciated.
 

sycho

macrumors 6502a
Oct 7, 2006
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Don't use WD40.

Do a search, this topic has come up numerous times. Just use it as per usually, and the squeak goes away.
 

maxp1

macrumors regular
Feb 12, 2005
204
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Mine squeaked too, but it's pretty much gone now. Took about a month.
 

Spoony Bard

macrumors regular
Apr 12, 2007
177
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If yours is anything like my first MBP (which I had exchanged for an unrelated issue), it'll squeak less or not at all if you press directly in the middle of the spacebar. Perhaps not the most ideal solution, but it's just an idea. ;)
 

Kawasaki

macrumors member
Aug 1, 2007
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Go to a real electronic parts dealer (like Carlton Bates, etc.) and get some electronic grease.
 

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
Original poster
I've booked in at a local authorised service centre for Monday. They're going to keep it for a couple of days, but at least it wont get shipped off anywhere.

I'm not hammering away on my MBP for a month to the soundtrack of a small animal being murdered.

No problems up until now, the squeak seems to have developed through regular usage.

Anyway, hopefully it'll be sorted out early next week. I'll post back with how it went - not sure if they'll just pop the key off and have a fiddle or order a replacement keyboard, but we'll see.
 

spy707

macrumors newbie
Jul 19, 2007
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Just take it to an apple store.

I bought my macbook pro 2.2 yesterday. Last night, I discovered pressing the spacebar squeaked, specifically around the "B" and "N" keys. Made an appt for the genius bar for 10 the next morning. Took about twenty minutes, but it came out working like a champ. Dude said they had to replace one of the three hinges. Hope that helps.
 

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Ok, so I had my keyboard replaced this morning.

Wow, what a difference! The new keyboard feels completely different to the old one. The keys are stiffer, and the space bar sounds like any other key (before the space bar definitely felt looser/more rattly). Key alignment is generally better with the exception of the up arrow key which is pretty wonky.

All in all I'm thrilled and I'd say that the new keyboard feels of a higher quality overall. Hopefully it'll stay this way :)
 

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
Original poster
For the love of God

It has happened again! As I type to you right now my keyboard is chirping like a canary!

I'm not going back to my local Apple authorised place because the last time they replaced my keyboard they left some sort of clip off that resulted in the thin piece of metal over my CD drive deforming. They bent it back and fixed the clip, but that's hardly the point - IMHO they should have replaced the case and the furry bit inside the opening, it looks really dodgy now.

So I guess I should book in to see a Genius? I don't think I can bear to be without my machine, though, and I doubt they'll fix it there and then. *grumble*

WTF is going on with these space bars!
 

dcv

macrumors G3
May 24, 2005
8,021
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I think you should sue Apple for a million dollars :rolleyes: :p

Seriously though, that is really annoying. Hope you manage to find a solution for it! Maybe try playing loud music while you type :D
 

Zadillo

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Jan 29, 2005
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Baltimore, MD
It has happened again! As I type to you right now my keyboard is chirping like a canary!

I'm not going back to my local Apple authorised place because the last time they replaced my keyboard they left some sort of clip off that resulted in the thin piece of metal over my CD drive deforming. They bent it back and fixed the clip, but that's hardly the point - IMHO they should have replaced the case and the furry bit inside the opening, it looks really dodgy now.

So I guess I should book in to see a Genius? I don't think I can bear to be without my machine, though, and I doubt they'll fix it there and then. *grumble*

WTF is going on with these space bars!
They absolutely can fix it at the Genius Bar; when I had this issue and took my MBP in, they took it in the back, and came back in 5 minutes. They said it happened because of part of the mechanism underneath breaking/coming loose.

-Zadillo
 

DaLurker

macrumors 6502
Mar 30, 2006
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They absolutely can fix it at the Genius Bar; when I had this issue and took my MBP in, they took it in the back, and came back in 5 minutes. They said it happened because of part of the mechanism underneath breaking/coming loose.

-Zadillo
I had a squeak with my spacebar as well and I decided to investigate. Took 2 seconds, popped the space bar up and low and behold there was no lubrication between the metal supports and the space bar.

So I took the metal pieces, applied some Vaseline (no electric grease) placed it back and voila, squeak free :)

I would recommend this to anyone!

as for the spacebar coming loose, unlikely. Probably just a batch of keyboards where they forgot to lube up the spacebar!