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Indestructible repair for the broken HP DV 9000 laptop hinge & case

This fix worked for part # 3JAT9HATP05 and 3JAT9HATP21.
But probably could work for other models.

Well like everbody else who has purchased a HP DV9000 laptop, my left
hinge has cracked and in doing so, also broke the embedded locknuts in
the top LCD cover. I have had this HP DV 9000 for under a year but refuse
to send it back for service. I havent tried to contact HP after reading
all the hell stories everybody else have had in doing so... So being creative
and having all the tools, I decided to give it a shot to fix it myself after
looking for parts and seeing a $200+ price tag. My laptop now closes like
new and the monitor turns off when in closed position.

I wouldnt recommend just anyone trying this repair if you dont have patience
and a little bit of mechanical know-how... There are a few steps here that are
critical that they are done correctly or the LCD screen wont fit back into the
case chassis. I will try to go into futher detail with the step by step pictures
that I have taken during my repair. *Any pieces that are removed must be put
into a separate container so they will not be lost during the repair process!!

YOU are on your own with this fix!
It worked for me but I can not be held
responsible for voiding your warranty
or if you break your laptop any further
because you tried my fix.

I would also read through the whole page to familiarize
yourself before trying this and to locate items I might not
have spoke of in the tools and materials needed lists.

If you have questions : HINGEFIX@hotmail.com

TOOLS NEEDED

mini Phillips Head screwdriver
mini Flat Head screwdriver
2 or 4 - 1" mini clamps
razor blade
pliers
vise grips
grinder
file
pop rivot gun
cordless drill
1/16" metal cutting drill bit - (step 12)
1/8" metal cutting drill bit - (or smaller depending on your pop rivot size)
3/16" metal cutting drill bit - (or smaller depending on screw head size in step 12)

MATERIALS NEEDED

Devcon Plastic Welder
2" stanley L bracket - (get more than 1 in case of error!)
fast drying super glue for arm - (step 9)
paper towels - (for your LCD)
something to mix epoxy on
something to put your removed parts into
1/8" pop rivots




 
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I have exactly this problem with the left hinge of my HP dv2600 series laptop. I never would've imagined I'd be learning DIY computer repair before I bought it. Thank you.
PrettyGeeky3 years ago
Great article! I can't praise it highly enough. Excellent description and photos.
If possible, could you tell us the size of the three screws that were removed in step 5. The screws were missing when I disassembled it and I would like to find some replacements. Need to know the size to do that :)
Thanks again for the great article!
rwoudenberg3 years ago
The instructions are great except why don't you just get a new hinge!!!! I bought a set on ebay for under 20$ What I would like to see is how to remove the left hinge as ther is a fan under over the screws. Luckily my right hinge broke andthat is very easy with screws directly under.
thebuzzah4 years ago
It's not easy to tell exactly what to do at this step. Which direction to bend? Maybe a more clear picture including the hinge?
The lid on my HP Pavilion dv4000 was cracked at both hinges due to poor design by HP (it is only 3 years old). My solution: cut rectangular patch of hard PVC from the case of an old tv or similar appliance, (preferably  silver, to match the laptop). Use pvc pipe glue to cover the cracked part of the lid and the patch. Press patch in place. Wait 15 minutes fo glue to set. Voila!  Mine has been in place for 3 months, no more problems.  Important point is to use PVC glue which will dissolve or melt the pvc case, other glues, eg epoxy or hot glue sticks will not be strong enough
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bogamebo1234 years ago
Hello,

If you are having problems with video failing with your HP DV 9000, 6000 or 2000 laptops then have a look at the below video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnkQNmKauEc

It is very helpful resource i came across and i managed to fix 2 of my laptops with the help of that video, i hope it will help others aswell.
Repair Services: Laptop repairs, notebook repair and Computer repair services includes systemboard & motherboard repair, Lcd repair, keyboard repair, software repair services and data recovery solutions  
RogerB5 years ago
By the way you can also get a set of replacement hinges at www.nylaptopparts.com , Brand New and for a good price , got meself a set of em hinges and now my laptop is up and running , It sure will save you the hassle of repairing your old hinge but then again for a do it yourselfer you might might want to try it the old fashioned way , getting out the tools and getting the job done. Whoaah !!!!
There are different hinges you can use in HP Pavilion dv9000/dv9100/dv9200/dv9400 notebooks.
For LCDs with single lamp use this part number: 432963-001
For LCDs with dual lamp use this part number: 432964-001

You can find the LCD part number on a sticker blued to the video cable. Use this part number to find out if you have LCD with single or dual lamp. This info is available in the service manual.

I just finished creating another guide with step-by-step instructions for replacing the broken left hinge. I also list all part numbers in the guide.

Check it out here: How to replace broken left hinge in HP Pavilion dv9000

By the way, recently HP was fixing this issue at no charge under the service enhancement program. But this program has expired. Apparently a lot of people had a problem with the left hinge.
Stuart York5 years ago
I followed your advice almost to the letter and the fix worked a treat! My laptop now opens as smoothly as it did when brand new and cost me the princely sum of £19:95. I almost bought a new machine at the cost of £750!! Grateful Thanks Start York
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armonicman5 years ago
Thank you for your time, Hingefix. I had the same problem and I started to fix it. But I didn't like how the embedded screw looks, so I bought the whole screen (affortunately my company bought it, because I use my personal laptop for working in my company). Now I have to replace the broken one with the new one and I dont know how to loose the screws of both hinges. The other fact is that I don't know if it will be better to put some epoxi in the free spaces to prevent the new one to broke. What do yuo think? Thanxs!
Thank You! We did follow everything you suggested and it worked great! It is a shame that consumers have had to rely on their own skills to fix something that is an evident problem with HP. I have had many conversations with HP and I am trying to be a voice to stop such poor workmanship and the philosophy that they seem to have "Well it works for now" I have literally been told by HP that all of their notebooks are "THROWAWAY"" not meant to be more than something used for more than 2-3 yrs. Please join me at http://hphingecrackjaxfl.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default I have been in contact with consumer affairs and the bbb and the more ppl that respond the quicker laws can be passed to prevent these things from happening. Thank you. All voices Are important.
mozart_ar5 years ago
Thanks. This article was very useful. And I must thank my friend Diego at http://ingegrafica.com.ar/
ramraj5 years ago
Thank you for the great Article and Clear Instructions, a great site I found from google. My HP dv 9223tx laptop was being used by my grand daughter on the living room floor , when apparently the screen got a nudge from a baby carried by another girl. The hinge on the left side was cracked. Now it is very hard to close or open if some how it is closed. So I decided to keep it open. But some time in December the moisture had seeped in through the crack and and now I have 5 horizontal lines on my LCD. I took it to HP repair in Ghaziabad , they said LCD needs replacement for Rs.12,000.00 , The hing can not be repaired and whole plastic frame has to be changed for Rs.10,000.00 . Now I know that it wasn't the baby's Nudge but the design flaw. I am going to take a hard look at Hinge problem in laptops when I buy next one. Now I am looking for Instructions to completely removing the LCD and use it as a desktop by connecting another desktop LCD , if I can figure out how to get the video out and make a connector like the one's in desktop. Can't think of a reason why it can not be done ! Just one question , Your or anyone's opinion on the Sony Vaio series Circular connector on their laptops which also contain power button and the battery too. How strong are they ? Thank you for a great Instruction. ramraj
crockettbu5 years ago
I, like so many others, am just ecstatic about finding this Instructable! The sad thing is that HP seemed oblivious to the problem that many people are having with the dv9000 when I called them about my problem. They handled in quite rudely and told me that I should be more careful with closing and opening the lid. You have helped me out tremendously.
donc6 years ago
I wanted to thank you so very much for the time you took to make these detailed instructions available to the rest of us. I too did not want to send my dv9230us out for repair, so was very happy to find your instructions. Every thing went as you said. I had a small gap at the bottom, so I put electrical tape along the edge figuring that it could add extra support, but I still left a small gap visible at the hinge figuring that it would provide extra ventilation for the heat buildup. Then I also drilled 4 1/8" holes in the screen bezel just above the left hinge to add ventilation.
badkarmab6 years ago
OMG!! I am so happy that I found this website and you guys!! I am so fricken pissed!!! I just got off the phone with the idiots at HP Technical Support and after 40 minutes of them telling me I was screwed I wanted to pull out my hair!! My fiance bought 2 of the dv9000 laptops for us less than 2 yrs ago and my screen cracked first and then low and behold his started cracking a few weeks ago!!! I told those idiots that the chances of that happening without it being a manufacturing malfunction were unheard of but they insisted that they havent had another complaints about it!! And then I have found numerous sites with people telling the same story about their hinges cracking too!!! Please someone help us!!!!!
hingefix (author)  badkarmab6 years ago
Totaly Coincidental but this email came today....

****************************************************************** URGENT SUPPORT NOTIFICATION FROM HP ****************************************************************** HP Pavilion dv9000 Notebook PC Limited Service Enhancement Program HP is offering a Limited Service Enhancement Program throughMay 31, 2009 for the left display hinge on the HP Pavilion dv9000notebook PC serial number that you registered. If you experiencea broken left display hinge before May 31, 2009 or previously paidfor a left display hinge repair, please refer to the HP websiteat: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c01611512 If you have not experienced a broken left display hinge, no actionis required on your part. Sincerely, Hewlett-Packard Company
hingefix (author)  badkarmab6 years ago
Hello, Sorry for the delay on replying back. I have fixed my laptop with this repair and it was successful! Unfortunately not long after the video card died and it isn't able to be replaced (according to my service guy). So I bought another new dv9000 but with more processor power, ram etc. (better setup) I havent had any problems with the hinge on this one so far, which I am very thankful for. Many people have said that they successfully used this fix too. I also have it posted at www.HingeFix.com not sure what I can help you with but you may ask away... Lou
wright976 years ago
Thanks for your pioneering approach to this problem; it definately got me on the right track. After welding the broken point, there was still too much tension on the hinge...Recommendation: muscle out the hing pin from the hinge housing, and spread the retainers just a bit. I also brushed the pin with a wire wheel and used a little lithium grease. You may have to resize the retainers using a small tapered punch to get the proper tension, or just buy a new hinge. Thanks again; your article gave me the confidence to try this fix.
Tonamel6 years ago
Nice instructible. My dv9000 hasn't cracked yet, but it feels like it will every time I open it. The innards of this thing are impressive (I can run Crysis at medium detail!), so it's a shame they wrapped it all in total garbage.
Nice inst.

I have a dv9000. It broke after the warranty expired. I repaired it much like you did. Then I worked with HP and they repaired it FREE with it out of warranty and after I had had it apart as you have...

Please check out the posts (31, 81, 88, 116) that detail how I approached HP at the following link: NOTEBOOK HINGE CRACK

Please PM me if you want to go into details on this. The Crack website is full of horror stories -because people get upset. They will fix the problem, you just have to let them know that they will (not ask, not argue, not discuss it.)
I also found/downloaded the service manuals for the notebook (there is a link is my blog comments)

Good Instructable!
GK
How and who did you contact to get yours fixed with HP? My left hinge is also broken.
hingefix (author)  l_cee6 years ago
http://www.hingefix.comhello I_cee ... I never contacted HP at all... I and you are among probaley 20,000 or more people that had this problem due to a poor manufacturing design... I fixed my DV9000 myself and posted how i did it here on instructables and on http://www.hingefix.com to help out other people like you! You can also read www.laptophingecrack.com for more info on how to contact HP... i didnt want to send mine out... good luck!
Im interested in your problem concerning your broken hinges. Would you please contact me at stephenmishka90025@yahoo.com.
Stephen... I just sent you an email, check for it and let me know how I can help.
I_ee, Check out the link on my April 29 comment to "notebookhingecrack.com" and look at the post numbers 31,81,88,116 (from Clay H.) they pretty much spell out who I wrote to & what I wrote. GK
...Remember... unless a repair involves your drive, NEVER send your harddrive in when having your notebook worked on. just don't do it. Nope. No. doesn't matter what "They" require, if it does not involve the drive, pull the drive. Another hint, before you pull the drive, remove the windows passwords, and set the drive to shared. Why? Because as soon as you mail your notebook, you'll need something off of the drive, and now you can simply put it in an external HD case and plug it into another PC to access your stuff. No complicated booting or installing it on another PC. just a thought. GK
hingefix (author)  Garth Knight6 years ago
hello garth wow thats great they hooked you up right with your hinge problem. i read some of your posts. i am pretty satisfied with my fix that i wont bother trying to get the warranty through them. maybe we'll all get checks from HP sometime if they ever get sued! wishful thinking... thanks for taking the time to check out my instructable and leaving a comment!
You did one hell of a nice job on the rebuild, I wish I had taken more photos during my repair; I was very proud of it, and I sort of hated to send it off to HP without knowing just how long it would have survived. But It needed to be done. below is one of the few pics I took, does not show too much, I used a doubler to rebuild the hinge much as you did. . My notebook came back with a new screen assembly and a 90 day warranty. My plan is to open it up now that the repair warranty has expired and fill all the voids around the nut mountings before they break, and strengthen other areas the best I can. Hopefully it will prevent the screen from coming apart again (and I think it will, given time). I think your repair will/would outlast a new screen assembly. -Later GK
hingefix (author)  Tonamel6 years ago
Yeah i love the laptop too! it it plenty fast for everything... I bought it because it had the devoted memory video card... i connect it to the tv in the den and play star wars battle front 2 etc perfectly!... with your hinge... check out the post that garth knight left me, maybe it could help you out... he had some success with HP... thanks for the props bro and checking out my instructable!
MVAORyan6 years ago
Ok, how come the website for NOTEBOOK HINGE CRACK is not active anymore?? I have the SAME problem with my HP notebook - my kids will be happy that I can quit trying to get them to tell me who did it ;) because now I know it is defective!! I will contact HP before my husband has to break out the tools... but will definitely use these directions if it comes to that - Thanks!!
hingefix (author)  MVAORyan6 years ago
Hello Thanks for looking at this fix... I do believe Notebookhingecrack.com is still up and running.... just checked... Yeah it is unfortunate that these notebooks are defective... Its funny my repair out-lived the laptop... Started out it was running real HOT by the video card for a long time and then it started to shut off more often on its own.. then it just decided that the display wasnt gonna work anymore... very depressed! You cant just replace the video card on this model as i thought when i purchased it (motherboard and videocard are joined). i took it to have it looked at by a pc service guy locally and got an estimate of $960 to replace fans and MB... I spoke with hp and they said that the only extension of warranty is for AMD processors and i have the Intel model... since then I have purchased the dv9930 us HP and am hoping that it wont suffer the same fate!
Very unfortunate because mine has been running hotter and hotter the last couple of months. I got the $70 hinges from HP (rip off) and they told me it came with directions - which it did not - which caused me to spend 90 minutes on the phone to be told 1-the directions were emailed, 2nd guy said they'd re-email them to me, 3rd guy says he'll get a technician on the line to tell us how to do it, but when we were transfered we got the 4th gal who says HP doesn't provide directions for replacing the hinges. My husband ended up drilling through the lid to put in some bolts because once we got IN the laptop the plastic doohickey to attach the hinge to was broken. It's not too bad looking, but somewhere in the process we lost the wireless capability. So, I am back where I was before only $70 poorer and 100 times angrier at HP! I am pretty sure I'll go for a Dell next time, give them a chance to prove themselves :) Thanks for your reply, maybe my laptop knew how angry I was and wouldn't let me in the NB Hinge Crack website!! Ha!!
Im interested in your problem concerning your broken hinges. Would you please contact me at stephenmishka90025@yahoo.com.
Im interested in your problem concerning your broken hinges. Would you please contact me at stephenmishka90025@yahoo.com.
mjgreenwood6 years ago
I just finished.... I ended up with a gap on the left side, I just covered it with electrical tape. I figure the tape will work in place of the two tabs that where cut out. He used a grinding wheel, I used a dremel. I think a dremel and a bench grinder would be the way to go. The hardest part was getting the correct angle on the hinge's arm. When you put the epoxy on you lose your reference, so look twice where the old arm lines up with the new bracket (maybe mark it) prior to glueing.. I'd also say do a total dry fit prior to the final glue on the cover to see if you can close the gap more.... Thanks the for the instructions....
Im interested in your problem concerning your broken hinges. Would you please contact me at stephenmishka90025@yahoo.com.
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