display housing partly unattached

My display housing of the LCD is unattached near the hinges of the display in the one side.

It's kind og hard to explain so please see picture:

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/1004/ds...

It somehow looks to me, as if the housing was originally just glued together, but i don't know.

I will appreciate any help thanks

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Same thing happened to me, mines a late 2008 model. & I'm honestly sick of being saying that it has been dropped. Search it on google if you don't believe, they are hundreds of people with the same problem.

No it hasn't been dropped, this is a laptop that cost me 2.6k. I've been incredibly careful with it.

I believe it is due to unibody design of the macbook, and the way the hinge is fixed and heat is released. The air vents of the macbook are right behind the hinge, & considering how hot macbooks can get from the hot air being vented out.

This is weaking the black hinge plastic (making cracked lines the way plastic has when it is stressed and stretched), or weakening the glue that holds the screen to the unibody screen. Both of which has happened to mine, the gap in my led screen and unibody is significantly larger than yours btw.

Utterly disappointed with this design flaw, do hope apple changes the entire design in their next release in late 2011 or 2012.

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I have read all solutions and I got the same issue with a 2008 macbook pro 15 too.

I understand I have to use some kind of epoxy. but anyone with a good long term fix can say which one I should try ???

Also, I have heard about E6000 glue, did anyone tried it ?

Thanks people!

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I had the same problem with my MacBook Pro 2009 15". The Apple Store was specifically told it had NEVER Been dropped. Until the hinge failure, it was pristinely put back in the box half the time. When I picked it up it looked 'sprung'. Unfortunately, I fiddled with pushing and pulling them back into place and that SAME GLUE U mentioned came apart and a HORRIBLE CRUNCHING sound later, my display is loosened downward and the display cracked in the closing pinch. 1 guess what Apple Store put down. - dropped! It is pristine!

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After a lot of searching and trying, I have fixed it using J-B WELD Original epoxy bond. Works like a charm today :)

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Thanks to Amir, I didn't need to do a lot of searching and trying. J-B WELD rocks!

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The Apple Store replaced the entire display assembly of my late-2008 MacBook Pro in January 2013 for free, long (long, long) after the warranty expired. The aluminum lid was separating from the glass bezel near the left hinge, making the laptop difficult to close or open safely.

Apparently there is a documented issue with the adhesive used to hold the display together. Apple must have issued some guidance to tech staff that it is a permissible out-of-warranty repair. My work order referenced article EM209.

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now they don´t. but ive found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEKwBsKl...

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The Apple Store just replaced the entire display of my early 2009 MacBook Pro for free, and it's been out of warranty for nearly a year. I was also having the problem of the aluminum housing separating from the glass, but all the way along the bottom and partly up the sides.

I actually took a photo of professorpolymath's post above to bring with me, and it served me well - I was able to give the tech assisting me the referenced article, EM209, and he pulled it up right away. I was out of the store in 15 minutes, and got the call that my repair was complete (completely free) less than 24 hours later.

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I had that same problem with my mac book pro A1286. my screen was separated from body,

I used different kind of glue after couple of days again separated, Then i found this 3M™ Windo-Weld™ Super Fast Urethane, This is usually used to bond vehicle windscreen to body, its did my job well. first clean both parts , remove old glue . when you apply glue use a clam or similar kind

of heavy object on top until its cure, i kept 24 hours ,

its a rubbery glue can withstand heat and vibration ,http://imageshack.com/i/ng8py1j

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Someone has dropped it

breaking the hinges or been inside it. There are screws and catches to hold it in place - You need to disassemble and reassemble it properly.

Good Luck,

N.

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I am 100% sure i didn't drop it, but maybe the lower right corner experiences allot of force every time i close it, because i always close it with my right hand, at the upper right corner.. i don't know... but broken it is ;)

Anyways before i saw your response i verified that it was just glued together, so i bought some two component epoxy (i do not know what it is called in english, but you have to mix it from two components). It's supposed to be really strong. I was scared to take of the display so i applied glue thru the crack. If it doesn't last, i will do it your way Duane.

Picture to confirm glue

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2149/im...

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thanks for the response.

I don't think the guide shows how the display housing is attached to the display and hinges, it merely shows how the hinges and display are attached to the rest of the computer :(

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this isn't a common issue with these clamshells, but I agree it usually happens from a drop.

Not sure the exact epoxy compound apple uses but we haven't found any that will properly hold it in place once its happened. Sadly, your best bet it to get a new clamshell. If there is no sign of physical damage, go to apple and speak to a manager. If they don't do it, call apple and ask for customer care.

If you have to purchase it on your own, it's pretty pricey.

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What this person has said is actually incorrect this does not happen because the machine has dropped therefoe that is false information as I have never dopped my macbook pro

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Hi Torben,

DO NOT LISTEN TO MOST OF THESES GUYS!!! DO NOT USE GLUE, SUPER GLUE OR PERMANENT ADHESIVE OR PERMANENT ADHESIVE TAPE!!!

My advice to you is to fix it with an adhesive...

Start to use a heat gun and a putty knife, Pro Tech Tool kit has a spudger set which can help... A proper double sided adhesive tape such as 3M. If you glue it just tell me how are you gone deal with another problem, such as broken LCD, glass...

There are quite a lot of videos about that issue on you tube...

Good luck,

Max

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Mine had the same problem, but it had a DROP to encourage it to come loose.

I fixed it by taking the screen assembly off, removing the glass (with a putty knife and a heat gun - you can read about it on the web), removing the screen, and regluing it with some epoxy. Get the strongest epoxy you can find...

The screen is actually really easy to take off of these newer Unibody models... PowerBookmedic.com offers videos.

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Just having the same problem. Never dropped it, but the top is coming off. Will first check the Apple store, if that doesn't work, will use epoxy, as mentioned on different sites. Any body a suggestion what proxy to use?

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I just used some epoxy that you mix from 2 componets. It was metallic gray when mixed, and it was pretty thick, like paint.

The description said that it could hold pretty much anything together.

I didnt get very much epoxy in the crack (i used a small brush), and it still holds and works like a charm. good luck with it :)

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I have tried several different epoxies and they all came loose after a few days. I spoke with s guy who repairs broken Macbook Pros and re-sells them. He told me to get 3M double sided adhesive instead. I'll give that a try and let you know.

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Hi alison. Mine came loose again. How did it go with the 3M tape? Allso did u take the backcover fully off the LCD?

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I tried the epoxy route and tape but after about six months when it was coming apart again I was about to give up when I came across a web site. They sold me the display housing and my husband (long suffering over this) very carefully, methodically and with the help of on-line guides, took the whole thing apart and rebuilt it all to the new housing. I also bought a new screen from them and now my macbook looks brand new. It cost me less than $300 for the whole operation and I am very pleased.

The web site is: www.pbparts.com

Good luck everyone!

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My display housing of the LCD is unattached near the hinges of the display in the one side.== Heading text ==

It's kind og hard to explain so please see picture:

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/1004/ds..

It somehow looks to me, as if the housing was originally just glued together, but i don't know.

I will appreciate any help thanks

Torben - Get Apple to do it !

Hey mine has did exactly the same thing though on the left side,

took it to apple and they replaced the entire screen on the same day. Though mine was under warranty as long as you haven't dropped it they would replace it warranty or not …

Apple dude said wasn't common but he had seen one before mine

it's probably a better than mucking around with tape and glue ...

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Oh yeah, i thought it was a no go when warranty had expired.

If it the problem reocour, i will give it a go :)

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Same happened here, when I tear down the upper assembly, I found out that the inside frame(Apple didn't use a unibody design on the upper assembly of this model) was broken. A crack was found on the lower left where the screw was located. The only way to fix it is either replace the whole assembly or the back case.

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Same problem as Colin, though there was a crack in that lower part of the 'inner' frame on both sides. I don't get it -- if you look at the frame, it's screwed into the back cover along the sides and top, but the bottom is just glued down. If they had used screws down there, too, they would not be breaking. Very poor design.

IMO, replacing with a new back will likely just lead to it happening again. Try a good thick coat of epoxy all the way along the bottom, use clamps, and use the 24 hour stuff instead of the quick drying stuff. Then keep it clamped for 2 full days instead of just 24 hours.

If there is some sort of corrosion coating on the inside of the back cover, it may mean cause a poor bond, so you might consider roughing it up a bit. Problem is, in addition to the screws along the top and sides, they ALSO USED GLUE!!! So you can't just pull the frame to have easy access to clean it out. You have to work around the broken part of the frame (assuming it isn't broken COMPLETELY out). On this one, the rubbery/plastic gasket isn't broken so I didn't want to break it just to get to the old glue.

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I'm just weary of buying a part that is known to go bad. But if it's the only somewhat long term solution (repair doesn't hold up, then I guess that's what ya gotta do). Anyone tried rivets? ;)

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I have a late-2008 unibody that is getting up in age, and mine has just done this on the left side too. In fact it was just sitting on the table closed last night when I saw and heard it come loose. It has never been dropped, and I strongly disagree with the people who seem to insist that drops and mistreatment must occur to cause this problem. The bottom parts of the display assembly near the clutch experience torsion during normal opening/closing. Add to this that these models emit most of their heat from the left rear fan, and I think you have the formula for a pretty simple heat and mechanical fatigue problem.

I am going to repair mine soon, and I expect the similar problem of the frame coming unglued from the housing and possibly being cracked. If this is the case, my repair will be to rough the inside of the housing if I am able to access it, apply JB-Weld and clamp overnight. JB-Weld is a metal epoxy and bonds particularly well to both aluminum and plastic. For those who have had failures with other epoxies, I would suggest either JB-Weld or LePage Metal Epoxy as a proper adhesive for this job.

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@Supan- thanks for this suggestion. Considering it's used for adhering windshields to cars, this seems like a good solution.

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@Supan or anyone here- i have a macbook pro 13" mid 2010. i admit it fell down and broke the glass, so i decided to replace the glass by myself. but the problem is i don't know how to separate or unglue the aluminum cover inorder to get the old glue and clean it before applying the 3M WINDOW WELD. Can anyone give me a link on how to do this??? Thanks

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sorry. actually i am looking for the comment section and really cannot find it. can someone help me here? thanks

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At the top of each post If you look you'll find: Permalink • History • Edit • Actions • Add Comment you want the last one.

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here i can find "add comment" option. but from the previous posts, it is not there. only Permalink and History is available.

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could someone send me a tutorial link on how to dettach the aluminum cover from the display where the glue was on it . what i found is up to where they removed the lcd display only. thanks

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I also having same problem with right sight of the screen and I am looking solution for it. Since I can fix it if adhesive is available. But if apple replace even after warranty that will be great.

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Hello,

I had the same problem 3 years ago and Apple did replace it for free.

But... the problem appeared again, and now since the mac is "vintage" they won't accept it.

It was fine for me as long I was careful with it, but last week the screen is always black. I need to use an external display to use the computer.

Can someone tell me what they think the problem for the screen to be black is? The webcam works...

Is it the Display Data Cable? If yes then I could repair it myself instead of paying 300GPB or more as it costs, using the tutorial

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Display Data Cable Replacement

Is it another problem? Another connection that is lost and that just awaits to be reconnected? It is a shame to replace all the display assembly if it is only a cable...

Please help me in finding the reason, the machine works perfectly otherwise... I need it to be mobile.

Thank you so much.

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Black screen is à backlight issue, can be the cable lvds, the 2amp fuse or the backlight controller chip lp 8545? Shine on the screen with à lamp, torch, if you have a picture it's the backlight. Sometimes reseating the lvds cable into the lvds connector Will solve the problem, good luck

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The problem is as follows. The lcd is mounted on a frame, which is glued in the Outer aluminium case. The frame is screwed to the Outer case at THE bottom near THE hinges. This construction isn't strong enough for THE torsion created by opening en closing the screen assembly. I tried to epoxy glue THE frame to THE outer case, but this wasn't strong enough. Now i drilled 4 holes through the outer case into THE frame at both sides beside the hinges and made m3 threat, screwed m3 screws in. Done, not really beatifull, but strong. My next step Will be grining the screwheads and welding them with durafix after...

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I found the solution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEKwBsKl...

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Originaly it's glued and put together with some spotweld aluminium taps. As there's a big force on the frame in the aluminium shell on the location of hinges the glue break lose and the spotwelds break. My solution is to drill holes through the outer shell beside both hinges. use 2.4 drill and m3 tap and screw a 3mm screw right through the shell into the frame.

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