How I fixed My Loose hinges:
Delltm Inspiron 300m
(Based on true events)
Someone made this tutorial with better pictures, you can find it HERE
If you are here, chances are your $1200 laptop has been made useless by $2 pieces of metal
that DELL refuses to sell to you and other places either donít have them in stock or want
$100+ for them.† After nearly giving up, I decided to take matters into my own hands and
see if there was an alternative to being ripped off and luckily there was. In the process
I have banned DELL from ever selling anything to me again, unless I get a written
apology from Michael Dell himself, who should be in jail. Or get a ton of free shit from
someone at DELL who cares about customer support to reimburse me for the countless
hours I spent talking to Indians and Argentines on the phone, only to never get any help
on anything Iíve ever called about. Anyway, I digress.
Disclaimer: This is what worked for me. It may not work for you and if
break your laptop its your fault not mine. If you donít know what
you are doing then donít do it. This could possibly void any warranties
you have on your unit. I do not know if the same hinge technology is used
in other models so I do not know if they are fixable in this way.
you can email me if your model was fixed this way, my email is at the
bottom of the page.
The bad news:† I had to take the entire LCD assembly apart.
I stripped every screw along the way. Scratched the screen.
Scratched the bezel. Stripped some wires bare. And made my
laptop look like an Iraqi mule stepped on it in a war zone
as it was running for cover.
The good news: You wonít have to do any of this. All you
need to do is remove 4 screws and the hinge covers to get
to what youíll need to work with which is this:
This is one half of the hinge mechanism and most likely the culprit
for your looseness (As for your wifeís or girlfriendís looseness
see the black guy next door).
The other half is just the shaft that the rod circled in yellow
goes into. The shaft and rod create friction, if you know what
I mean, and this is what keeps the screen up. That shaft is
attached to the inside of the LCD bezel and you do not need to
remove it (I did like an asshole).
Anyway, see how the rod extends from where it is circled in
yellow to where its circled in red? Itís one piece. The red
part was sticking out even more than this when I first removed it
but I didnít think to take pictures until this point so yours might
vary as to how far out it sticks out(if youríe asian for example).
Itís not suppose to stick it at all or not much anyway so all you have to do is hammer it down back towards the yellow part so its not sticking out on the red side.
I had to use pliers to grip it. Firm but gentle hammer hits. You donít want
to hit it too hard so you donít expand the mechanism and lose its grip
inside. I didnít hammer it down all the way. I went just a little bit
farther down than you see in the picture and its holding up just fine
and feels pretty sturdy. Obviously you will be doing this to both
hinges so just follow the same rules for both.
To get to the hinges you only need to remove the blue hinge covers
which you can do by opening the screen all the way flat. Removing
the black screws below that are in the corners below the LCD on
the† laptop underside.† And then carefully removing this screw, circled
in red, so you donít strip it:
The yellow part is the hinge we talked about above before I removed it
And you see it on the palm of my hand in the picture before this one.
After hammering those parts in, you just replace it into the shaft.
You should notice that it is now creating friction again. Replace
screws and the hinge covers and you should be good to go:
Any questions you may have or if you would like to supply better
pictures for this site, or if you just want to let me know that it
worked for your laptop model too, email me at:
Fuck you DELLTM assholes.