anyone else feeling loose hinges on their albook?

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anyone else feeling loose hinges on their albook?

i wanted to see if anyone else with one of the older albooks noticed this. mine is getting some freeplay in the hinges. not much, but some. wondered if it was a common issue.

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I haven't owned my 12" Powerb

I haven't owned my 12" Powerbook for long, but I did think the hinges felt a little loose compared to my girlfriend's same model. Definitely not as tight as my MacBook Pro's hinges.

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My MB Pro's hinges are defini

My MB Pro's hinges are definitely looser than the were when I bought it.

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Faceplanted recently?

They definitely loosen up with age. That said, out of my stable of Al's the only one with *really* loose hinges is the junker/parts mule, which faceplanted from several feet up. (Didn't break the display, but did a number on the rest of the case.) It's positively "wobbly", which implies at least something in the hinges is susceptible to damage from overstressing.

I suspect how quickly they get loose has some relation to how violently the lid gets opened on a regular basis. If you're the type to just whip the thing open it's going to show quicker.

--Peace

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I've had 4 MacBook Pros and s

I've had 4 MacBook Pros and so far all of them have had their hinges come loose, but not the hinge itself, just the screws. So I opened it up and tightened the screws and they've all been fine ever since. One of them is also the very first model MacBook pro.

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My MB Pro is also a first gen

My MB Pro is also a first generation. How hard is it to get to the screws? If its not too difficult I might give it a go.

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Just take off the top case(pa

Just take off the top case(part with keyboard and trackpad in it) and you can get to all four screws. There's two in each hinge, torx 8 IIRC.

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Re: I've had 4 MacBook Pros and s

protocol6v wrote:
I've had 4 MacBook Pros and so far all of them have had their hinges come loose, but not the hinge itself, just the screws. So I opened it up and tightened the screws and they've all been fine ever since. One of them is also the very first model MacBook pro.

Dang, you've had 4 already? I feel left out being only on my 2nd Smile

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just a screw adjustment to ti

just a screw adjustment to tighten them back up? well that's simple. i'll do it when i swap my hard drive. this computer still has the squealing one in it. Shok i have an external one to back up to, and i will get to that and ordering another drive.

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