A broken laptop hinge can render your laptop useless. If your monitor won’t stay open and the lid feels loose, you have probably damaged your laptop’s hinges. Replacing a broken hinge can give your laptop more life and save you the expense of purchasing a new one. But the question here is, how can we prevent laptop hinges from breaking in the first place?
Avoid Poor Build Quality
To answer this question, we first need to focus on what makes laptop hinges break. A lot of inexpensive casual laptops have poor build quality. For these machines it is pretty standard for the laptop hinges to break after a year or two of use. If you have a similar device, the best advice would be to keep it secured on a desk and do not move it around. If you take your laptop with you to school or work, then you risk hinge damage. It’s best to buy something of a higher quality.
Close Your Laptop Properly
When I was in school, I saw a lot of people carrying their laptops around in a hurry! Sometimes they would leave stuff in between their screen and keyboard, and they would put the lid down. This is a primary reason for hinge damage. Do not rush while closing the lid, always make sure that there is nothing in between.
Avoid Improper Carrying
One of the biggest reasons why people end up damaging or breaking their laptop hinges is improper carrying. A broken hinge is caused by people carrying their laptops while they are holding on to the screen. If you are working and need to move, you need to shut your lid, put your laptop in a bag and then go wherever you need to.
If you take your computer to school or work in a backpack, make sure that it is secured properly. If you take public transport and you have people bumping into your backpack then that will put pressure on the laptop and cause the hinges to break. If you are unable to avoid the situation, it is best to leave your computer at home. If you can’t do that then you must protect your bag or do not travel with your laptop during peak times.
How to Fix a Broken Laptop Hinge
Before you start, keep a few things in mind. The replacement hinge will require opening up the inside of your laptop, which will void the warranty if it is still under one. Also, laptop disassembly varies greatly by manufacturer. These instructions are general instructions only. If possible, try to find the service manual for your particular model.
- Remove the power cable and battery from your laptop. Remove the hard drive and memory sticks from your laptop as well.
- Remove screws on the bottom of your laptop keyboard. Some laptops don’t have a keyboard bolted on. Examine your laptop carefully. When in doubt, remove all screws on the bottom and sides of the laptop. Keep track of all your screws by drawing a quick diagram to make reassembly easier.
- Use a flat screwdriver to gently pry and remove the keyboard bezel. The bezel is located along the top of the keyboard on most laptops. Remove the keyboard and plug from the motherboard.
- Remove the hinge covers, if present, and remove any cables connecting the LCD display to the motherboard.
- Remove any screws securing the display assembly to the laptop base. Gently pull the screen away from the laptop base.
- Remove all the screws holding the two halves of the display connector assembly together. Use your fingers to carefully pry the front bezel away from the LCD display. Remove the LCD screen from the cover. The LCD screen is most likely connected with a video cable. Disconnect the video cable before connecting the screen.
- Remove any screws securing the hinges to the display. Replace the hinges.
- Assemble your laptop by reversing the previous steps.