Uneven Macbook feet

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by brentsg, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I saw a few posts on this a long time ago, but when the screen is open, my Macbook rocks on 3 feet b/c the bottom isn't level. It does this on all surfaces, so it's not my desk.

    Did anyone exchange and get rid of this annoyance? When using the device, it's the right front (keyboard side) that doesn't touch except when you're typing or using the trackpad and it moves enough to make the screen jiggle as it rocks back and forth.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    There's been a couple of reports of twisted MacBooks right across the range. More common on airs if I'm honest. Pop into Apple
  3. brentsg, Dec 15, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015

    brentsg thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    LOL! Apple wanted me to leave it for a few days so they could repair it. It's a brand new device so I'm just ordering another one and they can have this back. **** that ****** service.

    Edit: Or mail it in for service and be without anything..
  4. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    This was actually pretty common when the Macbook Air first came out. The fix is really easy. With the display open grasp the machine on both sides of the palmrest and twist the base slightly. So whatever foot isn't touching needs to be twisted down. Mind you the action is very subtle. You may need to do it a couple of times to get it just right. Back in the day I had to do this a few times. Either when the unit came out of the box or after using it a while since I had a tendency to carry the machine around with one hand with the display open. The weight of the machine would be enough to slightly warp the base. The machines these days are quite a bit more rigid so you don't hear about it as much. Occasionally, this would even happen to the full size machines out of the box. It would take substantially more effort to tweak those back.
  5. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    The above post is right. You can return it, but it's likely to just happen to the new one again. The chassis on this machine isn't all that stiff, so it's common for the base to twist a bit. Twist it back as above. Works fine, takes 2 seconds and isn't going to cause any issue because the twist is so subtle.

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