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Broken hinge on macbook pro 15


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HI,

My niece pushed back the screen on my Macbook Pro 15 and broke the hinge. Now, the screen is slightly disconnected from its hinge on the left side. When i close the computer, the top is misaligned. Is there a way to fix this? Is the best option to take it to the Mac Store?
I am no longer under warranty. I've had my Macbook for 3 years.

Any suggestions or advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Is there a way to fix this?
Sure...replace the hinge (assuming nothing was damaged additionally).

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Is the best option to take it to the Mac Store.
The Apple Store is probably your best option if you cannot do it yourself...otherwise a "DIY" project would get it done. This website (iFixIt.com) has procedures & photos.

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Bmwlissa,
I have a similar problem with my MacBook Pro, though I don't have a niece that broke it. I think this is a defect in the product as my computer is just under 3 years old and coming apart at the hinge. I have never dropped or mishandled it. After a little research on the Internet it seems that this is a common problem for late 2008 MacBook pros. I purchased mine early 2009 and unfortunately for me don't have AppleCare. I took it to a Mac store, though not official Apple store, and was told that because I damaged the body I would have to pay $700 to replace the display, not to mention being charged $62 for that sage advice.
I plan to follow up with Apple. A friend has a MacBook air and the case is cracking near the hinges. She said enough people with a similar situation have complained that Apple is dealing with it.
Anyone else out there with similar problems?
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Your best option would be to replace it yourself or deal with the messed up hinge.
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