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I DROPPED MY POWERBOOK PLEASE HELP

No emoticon can express the dire feeling i am experiencing in the pit of my stomach. A friend accidentaly knocked my powerbook off of a desk and it hit the carpet and now there IS A DENT in the front left corner (the left corner from the latch). The metal base is grooving about 2 millimeters from the grey rim so it is open. It is working fine but the screen got bent minimally, so minimal there isn't any dead pixels or anything so that is good but this bump is killing me. I honestly feel physically sick. Any help would be much appreciated. Thankyou.

Will apple be able to fix this? I don't have apple care but am willing to pay? Any estimates?
Any other suggestions?

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Everything is fixable

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The only caveat to that statement is how much you want to spend.
Apple have a Fixed price repair for Powerbooks, about $350 but don't quote me, and for the price will fix everything that is defective on your machine, including the case.
800 SOS APPL should set you in the right direction.

Hope this helps.

P

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Powerbook Dent

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Last year I dropped my 12" PB off a desk and it landed on the corner. The entire edge was distorted and wavy. The aluminum edge and plastic was separated. After freaking out for a few minutes, I began massaging the dent out with a bone folder wrapped in a soft cloth. After some patience, I was able to rub out the entire dent and it was barely noticeable. The aluminum surface didn't crease. If you take it in for repair be prepared$$$$$$$. Good luck.

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dropped

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I did not have this experience but a friend of mine did.
He ended up sending it to Mac for repair. They said the fall just Knocked the motherboard loose so it was an easy fix.

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Totally Understand

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I would contact Apple first of all. At least find out what it would take to have it fixed. You might be surprised at the amount. Still, it is important to realize that it might cost a good bit of money. Even if you had Apple Care it is likely that it would not be covered as it was more of the fault of an accident. However, they might have been kind enough to fix it anyway. Hard to say. Let this be a lesson though. NEVER ever ever buy a laptop of any kind without an extended warranty of some kind. If that is beyond the budget, then don't buy the laptop. Laptops are notoriously expensive to repair.

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Computer Insurance

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This post reminded me to get computer insurance. No, not extended warranty stuff. For information check out http://www.safeware.com/

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Sooooooooooooooo ?

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Throw up ...... punch your "friend" in the back of the head, put some duct tape on the corner of your "Powder Book" and get back to life. More "schtuff" will happen soon ... no time to wine.

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Personally, I would ask the person that caused the accident for some financial help in the repair, as much as is possible. If you are willing to pay something too, that is fine ... but I think whoever caused the accident should shoulder some (or all) of the responsibility of the cost of the repair.

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Replaced bottom case for $250

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I also dropped my power book 4 months after purchasing it. The bottom case was bent to the point where it wouldn't close. I took my laptop into a mac repair shop where they ordered the bottom case. When the part arrived 2 weeks later I went in where they replaced the bottom case. Now I couldn't tell it was damaged. Bottom case ~$160, labor $90.

Good luck.

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You broke you bought it

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Friend or no friend. Respect is everything. Format and reinastall---make him pay fair market value. And go get something other than a MAC...

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What a good idea

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Then he would really have something to be sick about!

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If that is your stance on this

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why are you posting in this forum? The person needs help not attitude.

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This thread appears to be over 3 years old

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so it is likely the problem was taken care of by the original poster.

-BMF

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My apologies

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its been quite a month so far. I shall pay more attention.

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No problem

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Just thought that this discussion was over and that adding to it wouldn't do much for the original poster.

-BMF

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Don't worry, be happy

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I dropped my Powerbook in the carpark (it fell out of my backpack), denting a corner, warping the screen a little bit, but the case was so warped that my DVI port couldn't be accessed.

I took it into my friendly Apple dealer who just massaged the case a bit so that it didn't look too bad, and all the connectors could be plugged into but he couldn't get the screen to stay closed.

I was considering my options when I dropped the PB again, on the other back corner - and now the latch works fine!

Don't try this at home, folks.

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Dropped Powerbook

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Hi.
I can imagine how you feel I did the same last year.I decided to do it myself (Do not attempt this unless you have some build experience or a friend who is)
When I could afford the bits I bought one at a time and slowly rebuilt it. It took six months but I am pleased to say that I was successful. and extremely satisfied with my success and I saved a lot of cash.I did not have much choice because after the drop my m/c no longer worked.
Good luck with whichever way you decide to choose.
Regards
Brian B.

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i dropped mine from 2nd story on hardwood

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it was bent, but no technical damage.......
the bend was undone with a $180 replacement of the bottom casing.
the guy said he also threw in a free part for me, but it sounded minor.
he unbent the screen as much as he could without damaging it.
end of story -- it looks like new now.
and works perfectly.

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