There is nothing worse then sitting down, ready to power on your laptop and suddenly opening up the laptop just to realise the hinge has broke, moving your head closer you begin to inspect what has just occurred ‘you bet its the screen arm hinge that gave in’ although you know that you can continue using your laptop, you just don’t want to, nor do you want to close the lid or move the laptop anywhere because you feel it may damage it even further. You are not alone because:
A broken laptop screen arm hinges are some of the most common parts of a laptop to break first (or get loose) even without significant wear and tear. This problem for most part falls on the quality control of the laptop manufacturer, as in, some laptop models will have screen hinges break for no good reason at all.
This is because some laptop screen arm hinges are held together simply by a bit of aluminum, soft metal or even plastic, and some laptop models have the angle of the screen, or pressure required to make the mechanism which lid swings on too tight, therefore, just a wrong tug, or sudden movement of the screen often is enough to get them damaged. Even in many high-end laptops such as Macbooks, Asus gaming laptops, or Dell this was an increasingly common occurrence.
If you were unfortunate enough to notice that your laptop screen hinges or the frame of the screen itself is loose or ready to dislocate, then the first step is to not open the laptop as you normally would. This creates the risk of damaging more wires and causing lasting damage.
Tips for Preventing Screen Hinge to Break
Prevention is great to prevent this sort of inconvenience and it can be as simple as putting your hands behind the screen as a support before you open the laptop, not slamming it hard when you’re shutting off or putting it on sleep mode, and also being wary of tabletop edges or carrying it indiscriminately without a case because that increases the chances of screen hinge breaking.
Many Brisbane’s leading computer repair experts warn against the simple mistake of using an expensive laptop on just any type of folding table which can be unpredictably unstable to say the least, especially smaller tables that collapse easily. Investing in a good carrying case that can hold your laptop upright and give the screen some sort of support is also a great idea especially if you are continually traveling with the laptop for school or work purposes.
Get the Right Screen Hinge and Repair Tools for a Successful Outcome
Depending on the level of your technical prowess you can fix laptop screen arm hinge problem at home with a few tools such as a screwdriver, drill, short screws and spare hinges.
Before ordering spare hinges make sure you have the exact serial number of your laptop model right otherwise the specifications of the hinges will most certainly be different rendering them unusable because the wrong one just won’t fit.
First, order a spare hinge fit for your particular model of laptop from an authorised part reseller as opposed to cheap aftermarket ones. They usually arrive pretty quickly in Australia. Once you got your new screen arm hinges, you are now ready to get to work.
You may at the stage before disassembling get your smart phone to record the process so that you know exactly which screw or part belongs where.
Ready? Turn off your laptop and disconnect it from any power source. First analyse the underneath area to see where the screws are and how many you will need to remove. Unplug and remove the laptop battery (if its external) as well as the dvd or bluray drive (remember that some laptops don’t have these drives).
After this begin removing the screws that attach the black plastic and keyboard to the base. Gently remove this (if it seems hard for it to come off, keep in mind to jolt it around gently as there is always a trick to remove these hard to come off parts). Once this is done, this will reveal the hinges of the screen and you’ll be then able to reach them. The plastic frame around the screen needs to be removed next. Neatly lay down the part separately so you don’t mix up the screws.
Remove the hinge as it becomes visible and easy to to come off. Install the new hinges and reverse engineer the entire process to put your laptop parts back. And voila, this is how you fix a broken laptop screen arm hinge by yourself
Precautions for Fixing Any Type of Laptop Problems
If you fear there may be a residual or latent charge left in the laptop, wear basic protective gear to avoid getting an electric shock. The shock is unlikely to be significant (because you’ve unplugged the cable from a power point right?) but can still be dangerous. One way is to double check that you’ve turned off the laptop, remove the charging cable and inner battery, and let the laptop sit for 2 to 3 days for the electric charge to wither. When working with computer parts, you should always ground yourself or simply wear anti static gloves (also known as ESD gloves)
We Can Fix Your Broken Laptop Screen Hinge in Brisbane AU at Affordable Rates
When searching for cost effective laptop repair services here in Brisbane we at The Electronic Fix can help fix and restore your laptop back to its original glory. Basically, we’ll make your laptop work good as new. Here’s one of the reviews we got from one of our valued customers.
John did a great job fixing my MacBook Air late last year. I am still so happy with it, I am so relieved I took it to “The Electronic Fix” to have a look at as I was about to dump it & have to buy a cheapo for my studies. I have been recommending John to others in need. (Review from our valued customer)
Wondering How Much Will It Cost for Laptop Screen Hinge Repairs in Brisbane?
Rest assured that unlike other laptop repair services in Brisbane Australia, we provide you with useful insights just as we did in this blog post. Meaning, we’ve outlined the steps required for fixing broken laptop screen arm hinge just in case you want to attempt to do it yourself to save some money.
When searching for affordable and upfront quote so that you know exactly the cost of laptop screen hinge repairs, talk to us. Although we would love to provide you with exact amount for repairing your laptop right now, we just can’t because the estimated price will depend on your particular laptop brand and model. We have original hinges in stock for wide range of laptop brands or we can order the correct one right away. We encourage you to contact us for affordable service.
We’ll advice you accordingly to your laptop model and once again, provide you with upfront competitive rates for all types of laptop repairs (including laptop screen arm hinge fixes). Our job is to provide exceptional customer service and most competitive rates for all our repair work in Brisbane Australia.