I came across a job here recently that required a little ingenuity. Now while I'm not one to commonly "rig" a repair, sometimes it's what the customer needs. In this case the screws that held the monitor hinges in place had all stripped out and the casings cracked. The tension caused the top to completely pop out and yanked a bunch of cords out of place. The computer would technically come on, but it was unusable.

The correct way to fix this problem really would be to order a new case, or shop the internet for a non working notebook of the same model and switch the cases out. however not everyone has the money to do this, or is really worried about the job being nice and neat when they are done. In this case it was a school laptop that needed to be fixed ASAP, and the customer didn't really have money to invest in a new case or spare parts. So I proposed a cheaper solution that would work just as well and cost pennies on the dollar. The only down side is a few cosmetic changes. 

For this project you will need. 
1. (6) #4-40 x 3/4" bolts with nuts. 
2. Screwdriver
3. Power drill with a 1/16 bit
4. Needlepoint Pliers

Step 1: Drill Your New Holes

First disassemble your laptop to the point of removing the screen. This should be right after removing the keyboard and top bezel on most notebooks. Check all the spots where the monitor bolts to the bottom of the notebook. Note any spots where there is still good bite on a screw. Avoid tampering with these, the less modification you have to make the better. In this case, all the screws were stripped, so I had to replace three on each side. 

Use the bit to drill all the way through the case where the screws would normally go. You may have to remove the metal tabs that the screw is supposed to thread into. If the chassis is cracked they are useless anyway.

Use compressed air to remove any debris from drilling.

Next, put your monitor back in place and run your bolts through the holes. You may have to lightly thread the bolts through the plastic. Use this to your advantage and go slow, do not try to over tighten using just the case plastic. Thread them down just far enough that the bolt sticks through the other side of the case. 
<p>I have a broken hinge with my Lenovo Z580.<br>There is metal foil around the hinges (just like jreal07), but it's not attached anymore.<br>How worrying is this?</p><p>And is there any electric danger with the bolts sticking out of the bottom?</p>
<p>Worked as reference to repair my Lenovo Ideapad broken hinges. </p>
very resourceful! how did it get stripped in the first place?
Well the owner said they didn't do it, but it looked like maybe the laptop had been dropped or maybe the lid was opened to far and the housings cracked from stress.

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