- 01-08-2012, 11:39 AM #26
I don't normally allow mechanics to fix my car either. If it's warranty work I check it in the parking lot and most times have to have them fix something they broke in the process.
It's not for everyone but I welcome diy posts like this.
01-08-2012, 12:03 PM #28
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I think folks have said SimCity can really heat things up. Those others might be just as good.
Obviously, taking the rear "plastic" shell off and doing it off-pb might be safer if that shell comes off with little effort and returns as completely. Is it "glued" at all or just friction fit?
I don't take mine out of its otterbox often but recall a slight bulge.
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01-08-2012, 12:06 PM #29
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Or as others mentioned if you just grab one of those gel cases that'll make it sit flat. CB sells one that's very inexpensive.
I think that the back is just friction fit, but I think that you need to have some special tool to remove it without damaging or scuffing anything. Also, I am not sure how good it would be afterwards for keeping the dust out. I do agree that this would be safer (and easier!) to do if you take off the backing. For me it is safe enough as-is hehehe
It's funny though, there is a lot of hate seemingly from other members of this DIY mod and I am not sure why...I mean nobody is making anybody try it It's something that I did and I know how to do so I was not least bit worried about it, well maybe "least" bit
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01-08-2012, 12:28 PM #32
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If its a new pb why would you even bother with this. If your past the exchange date then just buy a case for the thing. Me personally, I would try the mod and ignore the busy bodies who don't have much to do with their life except impart their (self proclaimed) wisdom upon this forum. I say dingle it, crack it, beta it or leave as is. Its YOUR playbook.
- 01-08-2012, 12:30 PM #33
The back is friction fit and those plastic case opener tools will get it off without damage. If you feel confident enough to perform that kind of task.
I don't think removing the back will void any warranty. There is no way for RIM to know . No stickers or any paint that I see.
- 01-08-2012, 12:56 PM #35
Seriously why on earth is everybody so angry and annoyed by this? Simple if you don't like the idea don't do it. Some people like to tinker with their own stuff.
I am glad the OP has put time and effort into letting others know, if i need to do this at least i have this option!
I for one build my own PC's and have never taken mt PC or any gadget in for repair and most likely never will!
It is no different than playing with your car
- 01-08-2012, 01:23 PM #36
while you guys are busy worrying about how and why would anyone do this to the pb, i got it done within a minute. came back and continue reading page 2, and STILL seeing people worrying about the effects. This is very simple and straightforward. i think op has explained in his 2nd post on why it will not likely damage yr components.
anyway, I now have a flat PB that feels even classier without the bulde should've thought of it loooong ago despite my hair dryer sitting on my table everyday.
- 01-08-2012, 01:57 PM #37
Mine has a slight bulge on the back, right at the logo/cpu. It did not have this when new.
I am tech support for a living and have been for a long time. Fixed so many iPads/iPhones/Computers and so on its sickening.
I chatted to RIM over this. They said the first Playbooks are completely flat but after a while the started to make them with the slightest bulge (way less than a mm) to facilitate better air flow over the CPU. If yours has a bulge and get hot under normal use it should be looked at, not fix by yourself.
If you have an early one (like me) that was flat and now isn't, it should be looked at by RIM. There could be thermal damage to the Logic Board from exceeding the thermal limit for the hardware.
Mine is going in to Rim in the morning, got the fedex box yesterday.
My professional advice to everyone is NOT TO DO THIS!. unless you are skilled and knowledgeable in the thermal limits of the hardware, the bulge should be reported to RIM.
In my personal experience, you will regret it later if its not dealt with properly.
Sorry OP, Just my opinion. Had to share.
- 01-08-2012, 02:29 PM #38
Tom, What is the serial of the early one you bought?
I just question RIM's explaination.
We have a 1343-0 and a 1343-1. They both seem to be early builds. The 1 was bought in April and the 0 bought late summer. Both have bulges and the earlier build is bigger. I am assuming the serial numbers go in order.
Do you have battery guru? I would like to know the tempature for "hot".
This is a sealed unit, and it is passively cooled. Whatever heat is produced simply leaves the unit through the case itself and through any other cracks/openings there are on the unit. So, unless your unit is faulty to begin with or you have had one where the back is actually making contact with the motherboard and the chip in the back this is all a moot point. Nice try though whoever told you this from the RIM side. Reminds me of the saying, "it's not a bug, it's a feature", or Apple's "you're holding it wrong!" hahaha
I do agree with you though that if you get a bulge developing over time you may need to get your unit serviced. So far the unit I'm using now barely feels lukewarm, even under stress (extended 3D gaming).
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- 01-08-2012, 02:34 PM #40
I take my hat off to the op and those that have the courage to mod their devices. But I have a question. Why does the bulge bother so many people? My PlayBook has the slight bulge in back, but it never bothered me or my usage. It runs just fine and as some have stated, once placed in the journal or converter case (such as mine) the bump is not noticed. I hear some taking them back to the stores for this issue. Is it really that big of a deal? And I don't mean this in a nasty way, just curious on the reasons why it bothers so many people?
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- 01-08-2012, 02:36 PM #41
None of this adds up to me at all.
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- 01-08-2012, 02:40 PM #42
No Battery guru here. Hot to me is wen I bought it I would feel the slightest temp at the logo when streaming video now its way hotter. As the heat increases my wifi performance decreases. I firmly believe there is a problem with some units and their heat sinks. I think they have an issue that results in diminished performance (heat dissipation) and as a result the play books components suffer for the excessive heat.
- 01-08-2012, 02:51 PM #46
I can't disagree with your decision to send your PB back if the back is changing shape. Doesn't sound good.
- 01-08-2012, 03:01 PM #47
Not many of us have removed the cover but if you look at those teardown videos you should see some foil tape on the inside over the logo. The foil is about the same shape as whatever component it's covering. Could that help with radiant cooling? Maybe help spread the heat to a larger area?
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01-08-2012, 03:31 PM #48
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I'm afraid RIM is just trying to feed us some BS with this whole the bulge was introduced in later models for air flow or whatever reason they are spewing. You don't just introduce a bulge in the middle of the product to increase airflow. It's a damn bulge!
While I do have the slight bulge it does not bother me, but passing excuses for an obvious manufacturers defect does. I'm willing to bet that even later build models than mine have a flat rear and mine is a 1344 build.
As a matter of fact, my playbook's back cover does not even align properly with the remainder of the body at the bottom of the unit (dark grey trim) hence producing rough edges at the bottom and the bottom corners, so it's obvious there is an issue with the back covers.
- 01-08-2012, 04:03 PM #50
Mine is 1343-0582-3361 and build date says 050411. Had a 1 mm bulge at the logo right out the box. Unit seems to get warmer a little over body temperature at times and the bulge stays the same. Performance never changes in any way, except getting a GPS lock in the house is a 50/50 chance.