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wezman2k 03-17-2010 06:30 AM

should i replace the bottom of my mbp?
 
If i bought a new lower bottom case and brought it to apple (given the laptop is still covered under warranty) would they replace it for free do you think?

had an accident with it. would you replace it or live with it?

http://i44.tinypic.com/2ho90r9.jpg

there she be.

6string 03-17-2010 06:40 AM

The warranty won't cover that.
If you can live with, do so, as the replacement of the lower case is a major job.... It has to be gutted, but it wouldn't hurt to enquire as to what it would cost you if you provided the lower case, or if they provided the lower case!

chas_m 03-17-2010 07:43 AM

Warranty does not cover abuse, which this clearly is, so no.

As 6string mentioned, this is a big job and will cost you a good deal of money whether you buy the lower case and have it done or they do the whole thing.

wezman2k 03-17-2010 03:05 PM

it wasn't ABUSE it was an accident!!!! this happened just a few weeks ago and i got it back in 07. until then it was brand spankin new.

lol yah it should be fine as is...i've seen a lot worse before. the port still works at least, it should be alright

pigoo3 03-17-2010 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wezman2k (Post 1019394)
If i bought a new lower bottom case and brought it to apple (given the laptop is still covered under warranty) would they replace it for free do you think?

Quote:

Originally Posted by wezman2k (Post 1019606)
it wasn't ABUSE it was an accident!!!! this happened just a few weeks ago and i got it back in 07. until then it was brand spankin new.

I doubt it. Cosmetic or accidental damage is not covered under the Apple warranty.

And if this cosmetic damage was covered...then there would be no need for you to purchase a new bottom case...since it would be part of the warranty.

But the bottom line is...this situation is not covered...so your best bet (since you already have the new bottom case) is to figure out how to install it yourself...or find a knowledgeable person to do the install for a reasonable price.

Also...if you bought this computer in 2007...it wasn't "brand spankin new" up until a few weeks ago! A few weeks ago it was still a 2.5+ year old computer...so it couldn't be "brand spankin new"...it just looked "brand spankin new"!;)

Good luck,

- Nick

wezman2k 03-19-2010 04:11 PM

lol ok nick now we're getting into technicalities. the thing looked like it hadn't been used (despite constant usage).

i don't actually already have a new lower case. it's just such a bummer, i guess i should just be thankful the usb port still even works. depending on what's plugged in it can be a little tougher to pull out but i guess i'll have to deal.
guess it's not really practical to replace the entire thing just for that.

Miller_ 03-20-2010 08:10 AM

I'm in a similar situation, I dropped my black macbook on concrete and badly scratched top and bottom case. I bought them both from ebay and planning to replace soon.

This is the link for the bottom case diy, surely I can't be that difficult.

Installing MacBook Core 2 Duo Lower Case - iFixit

TattooedMac 03-20-2010 08:56 AM

@ the OP Can i enquire as to what REALLY happened to it to get it like that. For me to look at it, it looks as if your cord seriously overheated and caught fire ... Just out of curiosity, and for future reference :)
Thanking muchly :)

Cheers

6string 03-20-2010 08:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Miller_ (Post 1021111)
I'm in a similar situation, I dropped my black macbook on concrete and badly scratched top and bottom case. I bought them both from ebay and planning to replace soon.

This is the link for the bottom case diy, surely I can't be that difficult.

Installing MacBook Core 2 Duo Lower Case - iFixit

LOL.... easy as pie!!!

Good luck getting it all back together :D

chas_m 03-20-2010 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wezman2k (Post 1019606)
it wasn't ABUSE it was an accident!!!!

I apologise for upsetting you. I am a former Mac tech and use "mac tech talk" sometimes. "Abuse" means anything that the user did to a machine that caused a problem, including accidents (and even if the accident wasn't the owner's fault, the owner still has responsibility for it, thus the term).

I didn't mean to imply that you did it deliberately. Used in this context, "abuse" is a warranty term, not a judgement term.


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