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I dropped my macbook pro a few weeks ago. Everything was working normally, even the cd drive, which is on the side where I dropped and heavily dented it. The worst of it seemed to be that the casing is so dented that my computer won't stay closed. I had plans to get the dents repaired and everything checked out a couple weeks from now when I will have less constant need of my computer for a while, but now I'm worried that something is really wrong, and by using it the way I have been, I'm making the problem a lot worse. There is a weird thing happening with the fan, but it doesn't seem that bad on its own, just now that I'm having these other problems. I have smcfancontrol, and normally, my fans would be running in the 1000-3000 rpm range, only getting higher when the temperature was above 60C or 70C, which only happened when I was doing the normal things that overheat computers, like streaming video while holding it on my lap. Now my computer will be flat on a desk, at 40C or 50C, and running at 6000-7000 rpm! It isn't quite constant, but it happens very often. It does seem to have something to do with how much cpu I'm using, but shouldn't it have more to do with the temperature? And I'm not doing anything new with my computer that I wasn't doing when the fans were behaving normally. The sleep problems are worrying me much more. As I said, my computer won't stay closed, it pops open just a little bit. If I hold it closed, it will fall asleep. For several weeks after dropping it, I had no problems with sleep, I would hold it closed, it would fall asleep, it would pop open slightly, when I wanted to use it again I would open it all the way and it would wake up normally. Now, whenever I open my computer, it's off. I move my computer around a lot, and it doesn't seem like I should be booting it up this often. The first time this happened, I had left it unplugged and asleep overnight, and the battery was exhausted when I went to open it in the morning. This seemed strange, since I've often left it unplugged all night with no problems, but at least it being unplugged for a long time explained why it turned itself off. This has now happened several times, plugged, unplugged, fully charged, barely charged, after being asleep for a short time or long time. I've looked through some forums, and I've tried a couple things, like turning off time machine and changing the sleep mode every which way. It doesn't seem to have made any difference. All my firmware and software is up to date. Also since it is booting up several times a day I've noticed that it takes at least 5 minutes to boot up. Is there anything else I can do to try to fix this problem on my own? Should I keep it plugged in and open and stationary all the time until I can get this fixed? Should I stop using my computer entirely until I can get this fixed?

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I'm going to tell you what the Apple tech will tell you, because it's true:
In many cases, the damage and the system failure do not occur at the same time. Sometimes, a customer will drop a system or spill something on it and find that the system continues to work for a while. Sometimes components can crack upon impact but the electrical and data connections may not open or short until well after the crack occurs. This can be due to flex on the system chassis or expansion or contraction with temperature change. Another example occurs when a hard drive is damaged by an impact but may continue to work at a lower standard of performance. In some cases, quite some time may pass before the unit finally fails.

Further bad news is that accidental damage is not covered by product warranty, including Applecare extended warranty, so the cost of the repair you need may be significant.

I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news here, but my recommendation is that you repair or replace this computer ASAP.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009


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