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




March 5th 2008:
IMPORTANT UPDATE! The fix in this tutorial appears to be TEMPORARY. The hinges continue
to wear down over time and get loose again. Makes sense considering the hinges in a
brand new state got loose to begin with which has brought you here in the first place.
What I have done is found after years of looking is a VERY ugly solution to the problem of
the laptop becoming unusable becasue it wont stay open. I love this laptop and would perfer nothing
more than for it to be pristine again, but the need for using it has now overshadowed any aesthetic
desires.
***Pictures will follow when i get a chance

If you are willing to permantly sacrifice aesthetics and some portabilty such as transporting in a close position
heres what I did. This may work with the regular battery but I have the extended life battery and
the design of that appears to help, but I think it can work with either.

There is a glue you can get at home depot called Gorilla Glue. This is hardcore stuff used in carpentry,
not that regular shit you can rub on your dick and get off with. Anyway, this glue dries kinda soft. Almost like
calk, that plumbing stuff they use in the porn movies. So I removed the laptop hinges that are the culprits in this
mess to begin with, and i propped the LCD back in place and put the hinge covers back on which help keep it inplace.
I then pour the Gorilla Glue into valley where the LCD rests into the laptop crevace. I basically drowned the area in glue
hoping that it would harden and attache itself to both the bottom of the LCD and the battery. As it hardens it expands
and starts to create like pillow of support to hold the LCD open. First I applied to the front without realziing I should
Create a similar pillow of glue in the back on the extended portion of the battery. It was holding up OK on teh front only
which is why I dont think you need the extended battery but it certainly appears to help. Be very careful becasue this
glue is no fun to get everywhere like i did. Wipe off excess glue before it gets into important nooks and crannies your unit.
The glue dries brownish color so it looks like SHIT, worse than this website. BUT, the screen is open and I can sit
on the couch or in my backyard and work on it. Give it a shot. Like always you can email me any questions. If i here
enough interest I'll supply screenshots. Done properly the unit wont look so bad with this method but I didnt do it properly
so it looks like ass.

TonyMontanaDEA@yahoo.com







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

thelaptop 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:

 

TonyMontanaDEA@yahoo.com

 

Fuck you DELLTM assholes.