14 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2010 1:49 PM by Kerosen
Kerosen Level 1 Level 1
I have a Macbook unibody (white) bought in January 2010 that I use at my lab. This morning I left the laptop in sleep to run some other things around the lab and when I came back 2 hours later I noticed that the soft cover on the underside had a bump under the trackpad. On the side there is now a space where one can see under the soft cover. Did anyone else experienced something similar? Should I contact the Apple reseller?

Macbook unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2GB RAM
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  • abbyface Level 1 Level 1
    This just began happening to mine, as well. What did you end up doing with yours?
  • elmapache1983 Level 1 Level 1
    The same with mine - TODAY! It was shut off for 2 days and not connected to power. I came back home, turned it on and registered that bump at the bottom of the soft rubber case.

    What is going on? I will go to Gravis tomorrow...
  • ratliff19 Level 1 Level 1
    I'm having the same problem and I'm pretty sure its no the battery I was wondering what you ended up doing
  • JGonzo Level 1 Level 1
    yeah this is happeneing to me too. it started out as a little bubble near the headphone and USB ports and now its three times the size. i can see inside my laptop now. should i take this to apple?
  • kallabalik Level 1 Level 1
    Same problem with mine, probably is the rubber protection, is insinuating the bottom, ceping the heat inside the case. Probably the bottom should have some opening, exposing the aluminum sheet, would probably give a much better cooling.

    I beleve the separation of the rubber, is divided in to two parts. The glue is degraded from the heat
    , and the rubber expands of some reason.

    I se it as a design problem, I am a mechanical designer, and hve had a lot of problems with parts getting over heated.
  • liljoeblue Level 1 Level 1
    Mine has done the same thing, and I think it is related to the heat of the battery. I also notice that the charger gets outrageously hot (so much so that it can blister your skin). I am taking mine in to be repaired this week, I will let you know what they do. It seems to be a very common problem, so I expect they will fix it quickly.
  • FusionOpz Level 1 Level 1
    Mine is also doing this, just started maybe 2 nights ago...
  • dredg_00 Level 1 Level 1
    Hello all:

    This issue is supported for service apple under the warranty for the macbook?
  • FusionOpz Level 1 Level 1
  • JonnySpace Level 1 Level 1
    Just got it too.
  • itslyndsayy Level 1 Level 1
    I just got this too.
  • firelight7 Level 1 Level 1
    This happened to me a couple of weeks ago, and a friend of mine had it happen to him today. No idea what causes it, but I was able to go in to the Apple Store and have the rubber plate replaced under warranty. As far as the techs at the genius bar could tell, nothing else was wrong with it (like a bulging battery), so I guess this is simply a design flaw of some sort.
  • Kerosen Level 1 Level 1
    How I solved it: since the mac was in warranty, I brought the laptop to the nearest Apple Retailer. They checked if the battery is swelling and since it was OK they refused to changed the soft cover, arguing that it could be the user's fault (like keeping the macbook on a heated surface, doh!). Then I called Apple Germany and the guys from the support team asked for photos of the damage; after they analyzed the photos they accepted to service the laptop and change the deformed soft cover.