How to Fix a Broken Laptop Hinge
A broken laptop hinge can render your laptop useless. If your display monitor won't stay open or feels loose, it's time to replace the hinges. Replacing the hinge can give your laptop a new life and save you the expense of purchasing a new one. Before getting started, keep a few things in mind. Replacing the hinge will require you to open up the inside of your laptop, which will void your warranty if it is still under one. Also, laptop disassembly varies greatly by manufacturer. These instructions are only general instructions. If possible, try to find the service manual for your specific laptop.
Things You'll Need
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- Replacement hinges
Contact the manufacturer of your laptop to order replacement parts. When you call or email, have your model number and serial number on hand. If you can't get parts from the manufacturer, contact local computer parts retailers to see if they can acquire the necessary parts for you. If that doesn't work, look for parts on eBay or other online sellers.
Remove the power cable and battery from your laptop. Remove the hard drive and memory sticks from your laptop as well.
Remove any screws on the bottom of your laptop that hold the keyboard to the laptop base. Some laptops do not have a keyboard screwed in. Examine your laptop carefully. If in doubt, remove all screws located on the bottom and sides of the laptop. Keep track of all of your screws, and draw a quick diagram of where each one goes to make reassembly easier.
Use a flathead screwdriver to carefully pry up and remove the keyboard bezel. The bezel is located along the top of the keyboard on most laptops. Remove the keyboard, and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the hinge covers, if any, and disconnect any cables connecting the LCD display to the motherboard.
Remove any screws connecting the display to the laptop base. Carefully pull the display away from the laptop base.
Remove any screws connecting the two halves of the display assembly together. Use your fingers to carefully pry the front bezel away from the LCD display cover. Carefully remove the LCD display from the cover. The LCD display probably will be connected to a video cable. Unplug the video cable before removing the screen.
Remove any screws holding the hinges to the display cover. Replace with new hinges.
Reassemble your laptop by reversing your previous steps.
Tips & Warnings
- Several laptop manufacturers offer service manuals for free download on their websites. Explore the website of your laptop's manufacturer to see if you can find the manual.
- If your laptop is still under warranty, do not attempt to replace the hinges yourself. Doing so will void your warranty. Contact your laptop manufacturer.