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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
    My black MB has started to make slight popping/creaking noises when I open the screen, esp. if it's cold and I haven't used it for a while. My guess is it is the plastic flexing/wearing but I thought I'd ask you all who have them if it's anything to worry about. The hinge seems to open/close just fine, but I remember when I got it it was quiet.

    Can anyone who has a black MB tell me if this is normal?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZcfaqNuvn8

    PS: This is a [new] 2.4 that I've had for about 6-7 weeks. Never dropped or misused.

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    Hard to tell from the video and sound clip, but it almost sounds like static discharges. Do you live in a very dry climate area of California?

    Regards.

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    Thx chscag. No, it's pretty temperate here in SoCal; warm but not dry or humid. The sound seems to be coming from the plastic around the hinge. Nothing appears to be rubbing, per say.

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    JuanGuapo,

    That doesn't sound at all normal to me - it's as if the plastic has a buckle in it or some bit of plastic has torn away and is interfering with the top opening, thus the clicking sound there. If I had that problem I'd have mine to an Apple Store right away.

    Are you still under warranty? Or under Apple care? If so, they should repair that or replace the hinge at the least. If you're not covered, I'd still check it out with Apple, maybe they'll fix it for you anyhow, or for cheap

    Good luck, Noel

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?

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    6-7 weeks.. i'd say it'd be under warranty

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    Well, I went to the Apple store yesterday while my fiance was shopping at the mall and I was able to take a look at the blackbooks on display. It appears they all sort of do it in one way or another, so I imagine there's either not much they can do about it or it's semi-normal. The sales guy I talked to said that the black ones are a little noisier than the white books ("...made of a different material, so it creaks a little depending on how you open it or pick it up.")

    Anyone else w/ a black macbook experiencing this?

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    JuanGuapo,

    Well at least you know it's "normal."

    Noel

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    My white MacBook creaks - I'm not sure if it always has, but it has for a very long time.

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
    JuanGuapo's Avatar
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    Thx guys... One thing I love about this community is that we are there to help each other out, even answer "is this normal?"-type of questions..

    Yeah it appears thus far to be normal, at least from what I've seen w/ the black MBs on display.

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    I was opening and closing my MB, and mine did a sort of popping sound when I opened it. I noticed that the bottom of the screen butts up against the base part as I open it. not so much to keep it from opening, though. I should post a YT vid, if that was unclear.

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    I have a black MacBook and mine does the same thing occasionally. I have found that if I am opening it at a funny angle (i.e. on my lap or couch) then i will get a noise but I'm pretty sure you have nothing to worry about. Part of it may also be the natural expansion of the plastic due to thermal changes. Again, not a big deal, just a little noise is all.
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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    Thx guys! You know, come to think of it seems to only make sound when I have it on a hard surface like a desk or counter.

    If I have it on my lap, it makes no sound. It will most definitely make the popping sound if I open the lid holding anywhere but in the center (above the isight). The sound seems to come from the seam between the display lid, and the hinge cover on the bottom that runs across the back of the display.

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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanGuapo View Post
    If I have it on my lap, it makes no sound. It will most definitely make the popping sound if I open the lid holding anywhere but in the center (above the isight).
    That is just because the screen flexes a bit if you put pressure on it off center. Playing with mine just now, that is the only explanation. You will be fine it is nothing to worry about.
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    do the MBP's make noise as well?
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    Pop (or creak)...normal?
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    my sisters black MB does it all the time, but she has a spec case on it.

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