I acquired a Late 2008 MacBook Pro. The bottom cover is a split bottom design. The battery cover is loose around the edge of the laptop. I'm guessing there was a magnetic strip holding it along the edge. It looks like there was a metal strip previously lining the edge but it is missing. The latch is only toward the inside (middle) of the laptop. Could someone confirm/explain how the edge of the cover is held in? I'm hoping I can get some magnetic tape to line the edge of the battery cover.

I'm trying to avoid spending $15-$30 on a replacement cover.

This is what the battery cover looks like.

  • It seems my question was edited to be "MacBook Pro". This is actually a MacBook. It is the only aluminum MacBook ever made. The MacBook differs from the MacBook Pro. Both use different trackpads and the latter has a backlit keyboard while the MacBook does not. However, I don't think the battery cover differs so I'll keep the edits.
    – www139
    Apr 10, 2018 at 14:34

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The battery cover is held in place by four metal hooks on the outer edge as shown in the image:

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Source: Macworld/Jason Snell, First Look: MacBook and MacBook Pro

  • Yeah, it looks like those are missing on mine.
    – www139
    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:57

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