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Old 07-25-2009, 01:25 AM
 
Location: California
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Ok, so I have a question. The hinge on my mac book air is seriously ruined. But what I don't understand is that I really never move my computer from my desk accept when I travel, and I noticed about last week there was a small crack on the back of the hinge. Well, now it is getting bigger. I actually moved it in the last week because I am taking a break in San Francisco, but honestly, I don't get where this crack is coming from or where it started/what started it. It just seems like every time I use my computer it is bigger. What could be causing this? I never dropped my computer or anything. It really just showed up by its self.
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:42 AM
 
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Hard to say exactly but try dabbing a bit superglue where the crack terminates. The piece of plastic is probably under stress and it's will continue to grow. Same thing happens with a windshield if you get a crack. It will just keep growing...
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:24 AM
 
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As with any defect you may run accross on your Apple product, your not alone.

Apple - Support - Discussions - Apple macbook air hinge defect -closing ...

MacBook Air hinge defect not covered by Apple's warranty?

macbook air hinge damage - Google Search
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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I had a similar issue with an old CTX computer. If it gets to the stage where the screen hasn't the physical support of the hinge, it gets to be a PITA. Superglue, epoxy, etc. just don't work for any length of time. Make a mount that you can rest the opened computer and screen on, velcro the thing to the mount and don't remove it unless absolutely necessary.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: California
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Thank you all for your support. It was all very helpful. I happen to have another question, what exactly is a graphics card error? I've looked it up but I'm trying to find an explanation that I can understand.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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could be any number of things, bad driver, defective graphics chip or memory. Is there an error message to go along with this question?
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: California
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could be any number of things, bad driver, defective graphics chip or memory. Is there an error message to go along with this question?
Well, no. Things on my screen have just been blinking and such lately, and a friend of mine who used to work on computers told me it was a graphics card error and that it would effect other things aside from the blinking too.
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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You also could have damaged wires in the area of the hinge. Sounds like your unit is on its way to the dumpster.
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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When you open/close the "lid" of your laptop, make sure to hold it either by both corners or in the middle. A lot of people just grab it from the right or left corner, which puts uneven stress on the hinges. I've seen a lot of laptops (lots of different brands) with broken/cracked hinges, and their owners all opened/closed it from one corner. This *shouldn't* happen, regardless of how you operate it, but "shouldn't happen" and real life are so often not the same thing...
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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Is it less than 1 year old? I'd take it into a store for replacement if so.
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