HP Laptop Hinge Fix

Those of you that are passionate about laptops and those of you that had the misfortune of owning a HP Pavilion DV 9000, are aware that this series has had some trouble with cracks in the hinges. In this article, we are going to show you the steps to HP laptop hinge fix, something you could do at home by yourself if you have the necessary patience and tools. Be aware that for a HP laptop hinge fix like this one over here, you are going to need a bit of mechanical and tech knowledge. We have found an user that managed to repair the broken hinges of the display on his Pavilion and he was kind enough to share with the how he did the job. You are sure going to need a lot of material but this user says that the repair is indestructible.

Just like we explained in one of our previous articles about how to clean your laptop keyboard, in this case you will also have to carefully place any part that you remove from the laptop to make sure nothing gets lost. Just use a container or a box to keep them all together. Remember that opening up your laptop can void the warranty so if your laptop is still in the warranty period, we recommend you don’t mess around with it. If the broken hinges are a factory problem, the manufacturer can fix them for you or give you a new laptop. Read the return policy very careful before starting any do-it-yourself home fixing process. Before starting any repairs you are going to need the following (be prepared because the list is loooong): one mini Philips Head and one mini Flat Head screwdriver, pliers, a razor blade, a file, vise grips (sound to me like you’re planning a prison escape and not a laptop repair), 4 one inch mini clamps, a grinder, pop rivet gun, a cordless drill, three metal cutting drill bits – a 1/16 inch one, a 1/8 inch one and a 3/16 inch one (the sizes depend on the pop rivet size and the screw head size). You are also going to need some fast drying super glue, paper towels, 2 inch brackets, 1/8 inch pop rivets and Devcon Plastic Welder.

Now that you have all of this in handy, let the festivities begin! First you have to remove the display and in order to achieve that, you must locate the three top edge screws which are hidden by rubber covers. Remove those covers and then remove the screws with the help of the mini flat head screwdriver.  The next step is to remove the outer screen bezel with caution because using force can cause the plastic to crack. Make sure there are no remaining screws that hold the bezel attached to the display. When the display is entirely exposed, the damaged hinge can be visible. If you pay attention, you will see that there are 2 very small screws which are located on the left hinge. You must remove them. In order to free the tired hinge you have to unscrew those Phillips head screws (all 4 of them – note that if you removed the screw that was covered by rubber, you have only 3 screws left to take out). Next you should push the display all the way open but remember to hold it by the left and right hinge in order to prevent any more cracks. See if you can now rotate the left hinge away from the display and towards the closing position. If you can’t manage to move it, carefully use the set of pliers you have in handy. Once the hinge is in the closed position, the next thing you should do is to move those pliers to the outside and try to work the hinge out from that connection point and move it to the base of the unit. Be careful because too much force can break the arm of the hinge. Now you must remove the brass inset fasteners and the screws as well and put them in a box or container to make sure you don’t lose them.

A bend needs to be put on the angle bracket. This can be done with a bench vise or using a hammer and large pliers. This step is very important because the bend must take the shape of the hinge. Over bending can weaken the strength and you also have to make sure that you are bending the hinge in the right direction. The join on the arm can be super glued to make sure it does not move. Next you must overlay the hinge using the new support bracket. You can use a permanent marker to mark where you need to grind out.  The bracket must sit on top the hinge. You can use the vise grip or bench vise to cut the length on that front face part because otherwise it can cover the 3rd hole of the hinge. You have to mix up a batch of epoxy and apply it at the contact points on the hinge and then clamp carefully not to throw off the shape of the hinge. You may have to use 3 or 4 mini clamps and it you have to wait around 10 minutes for the epoxy to set. When it has set you can remove the clamps which are on the arm. Now you have to drill for the pop rivets and push them from the exterior of the hinge arm and inwards to the screen. If you use 1/8 inch aluminum you can use only 2, if they are smaller, use 3. Now you have to make sure that the original screws also fit in so start drilling though the back of the hinge. Make sure everything is done slow.

The next step requires grinding the bracket because it has to take shape with the arm. Put the new and repaired hinge in place so you can see if it fits as it should. You need to push the hinge to the opened position and be careful that it is aligned with the top cover holes. The 2 inch brackets which you use will only require a razor cut for a little plastic mount clip (this should be cut from the cover casing). Before you cut, you can remove 2 screws from the right hinge sidearm in order to take out the LCD. Then you have to put back the screw on top of the right arm into the display (which is best if you placed it on paper towels and onto the keyboard).  Put back the bottom hinge screws because you want to have a true shape for the following steps. The next step depends on how bad those mounting holes have been damaged. If all 3 of them are damaged and broken off, put 3 screws in place and make sure you tighten the brass contact points to the hinge. In order to access the set points you have to cut that HP insulating Mylar that voids the warranty. You have to mix up another batch of epoxy which needs to be applied around the set points. Be careful with over gluing because there is a risk that the LCD won’t fit into the chassis anymore. Put the hinge back in its place and screw the top of the arm into the notebook’s cover. The key is holding the screen by its corner into the correct position and you can even use the keyboard as you guide. Any excess epoxy has to be carefully removed using a razor blade but you have to do it quickly before the glue hardens.

Once the epoxy has hardened, you can put the LCD back into its place. To so this you have to remove the two top screws that hold the arms to the cover. After that, you have to put the two left and right side screws into the display. Be very careful to properly align the contact points. Flip over the LCD bezel and cut those two clip contact points off using a razor and smoothen them to the bezel. In case you have grinded down the face of those brackets against the edge of the hinge, the bezel can snap on as if it were brand new. Time to put those screws you removed first back to their rightful places and remember to put the rubbers covers back in there as well. If you want an even more detailed explanation at how to fix you HP Pavilion laptop hinges, try reading some articles which are available online for this same subject.

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