What to do about dust under screen (glass overlay)? (With a pic!)

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  1. AlphaDogg, Dec 15, 2010
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    AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    I have been noticing dust accumulating under the screen of my 2010 13" MBP. What should I do? Is there anything that can be done without having to send it in to apple? I just cleaned the glass panel on the outside, so I could take a picture to prove the dust below the surface. It is in the top section of the screen...

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    Edit: Here is a video proving that it is under the glass overlay (click on it to see it): [​IMG]
     
  2. grahamcracker macrumors newbie

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    should be covered by apple warranty. Nothing you can do unless you feel like taking the computer apart
     
  3. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    While the real question is how it got under the sealed glass, that cannot be fixed by an average user unless you are a ninja with a heat gun.
     
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    I may be a ninja, but I certainly do not own a heat gun :p. The reason I don't want to send it in/take it to the genius bar is because I just got it back from week-long repairs. They replaced the topcase, HDD, HDD cable, MagSafe board, internal speakers and battery.
     
  5. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    YIKES! A heat gun is required to remove the glass, so you can clean under it. There are multiple tutorials for doing so on Google, but it is VERY easy to shatter that glass, even if you do it right.
     
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    I have a heat gun, meet me out back in 10.
     
  7. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    By the blue pickup truck? ;)

    Edit: Also, I do not plan on taking it apart; it is covered under 3yrs of AppleCare... I just wanted to know if there was anything I could do from the outside of the screen... I think I remember someone on this forum saying (a long time ago) that you can take an electric toothbrush to the glass, and the dust may or may not fall... He may have been talking about an ACD, though...
     
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I would never take an electric toothbrush to my MBP :eek:
    I would just take it in. Good thing you have a bunch of spare Macs you could throw your HDD in.
     
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    I just got off the phone with AppleCare. They said that I will have to take it in the my local Apple Store so that a technician can verify that the issue (read: dust) is really there. I plan on taking it there, and asking for a replacement, because I have already had 2 major repairs (among other minor ones): HDD and topcase. And all of the other things I have said earlier in this thread...
     
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    I would have gave them hell, telling them I didn't buy AppleCare and *not* get phone support. At least, I would do that because my Apple Store is hard to get to.
     
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    I am hoping for a straight-up replacement of the entire MBP. I am also on good terms with my local Apple Store manager, so he may cut me some slack and allow for a straight-up replacement :)
     
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    I am curious about this too. I just read in another thread that the glass was sealed. Was that poster wrong?
     
  14. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The LCD is not sealed to the glass, like in the iPhone 4. But there is a strip of adhesive running between the black border and the aluminum lid. It isn't actually touching the aluminum; there is a structural support around the LCD (which is screwed into the aluminum lid). The glass is adhered to that support... Maybe I had a bad application of that adhesive strip when it was in the factory. Maybe I got it in this condition. I don't remember.
     
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    LOL If thats the case I'd drive to the factory and B****slap somebody. 3 months ago I cracked the glass on my Macbook Pro. I ordered the replacement glass for $75, and replaced it myself (scariest thing I have ever done btw...) There isn't a single spec of dust under my glass. If I can do it, surely they can.
     
  16. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Anyone have any ideas on how I could try to force the dust to drop to the bottom of the screen (preferably below the black border)? If not, please just post something amusing here (kinda like what jessica. did). :D
     
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    Well I'm betting the electric toothbrush idea works because of the vibrations...If you could find some kind of tool or toy that vibrates, and just put it against the screen or on the aluminum at the top of the screen if it vibrates enough, maybe you'll get lucky...doubt it though.
     
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    Lol I don't own a "vibrating toy" nor do I plan on owning one. I am a 14 year old male. I could try downloading the vibrator app on my 3gs and stick in on the glass of my mbp and see if it does anything...
     
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    LMAO! I was going for comical and useful at the same time. I'd say give it a shot. Worst case scenario it doesn't work.
     
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    I had it running for about 10min. No dice. I guess I need to go in to the  Store.. Again...
     
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    Ok. So I took it to the Apple store yesterday and they said that they would replace the display. They had to send it off to the repair depot for repair. I will update as I get more info. :)
     
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    Update: I got it back today. They replaced the entire display assembly.

    Positives: No more dust under the screen!
    No dents on the aluminum lid!

    Negatives: I lost the skin that I had on the aluminum lid. Whatever. I had a spare anyway... :)
    They misaligned the display assembly with the base of the computer. I got out my trusty screwdriver set, and unscrewed the bottom panel, unscrewed the hinges from the body of the MBP, and realigned. Then I screwed everything back together!


    :) :) :) I am so happy that my MBP looks so good again!!!
     
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    Glad it worked out Alpha Dog! I figured they would do that over giving you a straight up replacement for dust. How long have you had the computer?
     
  24. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Since April 24, 2010 (according to the Genius Bar work authorization form) :p
     
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    Ahh then I think that was wishful thinking :p

    From my past experience as a laptop repair technician, I have found is that companies would rather put money towards parts and labor than give out new machines...no matter what needed to be fixed. I even ended up replacing EVERYTHING but a bottom case, or EVERYTHING but a LCD - how the computer remained still that customer's computer, was beyond me when parts where being replaced everywhere.
     

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