The hinges on my Inspiron 300m are worn out. Being cheap and not wanting to fork out > $100 for new hinges I came up with this simple workaround with velcro strips and a brace- mightn't look the best but it works!

Step 1: Attach velcro strips

Get some velcro strips and attach to the bottom of the laptop and the back of the screen. In retrospect I would probably go for wider strips than I have now.
<p>I got another simpler solution. Go to IKEA and get a laptop base for placing the laptop on the lap (hard plastic not with the soft base). This will have a large flat base, a 5 inch support meant to be placed towards you and a one inch support on the opposite side meant to prevent the laptop from falling over. Use it upside down- the 5 inch protrusion works a great back rest for the computer. You can adjust the inclination too by moving the laptop back. Works like a treat!</p>
<p>..Now if only this worked.. ;-; but my hinge is broken on the inside and if I move my laptop the fan catches the broken metal pieces. </p>
With the input about Dell here, I can honestly say that brand is the worst laptop computer I've every bought. I've sent it in for repairs during warranty. I bought a 3 year extended warranty. Then I had to send it in at least 3 times more, having it returned once without fixing the listed problems on their trouble sheet. Nice solution though.
Since when do hinges cost $100? I've installed numerous hinges on computers and never paid more than $12 on eBay. <br>You can get a whole new plastic shell housing for $50 for most laptops, including the hinges
i used a regular iron wall joint for mine (like pictured but smaller) with velcro worked for me thank you!
Much better if we can put a Hinge on the elbow of the metal strip or Brace so that we still can open and close it all over. Anyway, thanks for that good reference :)
LOL!!! That IS cheap...but I think I'm going to use it. Thanks!
you could also make a metal pocket on the bottom, just slip the L-bracket in.<br />
This is a great idea, and i'd probably use it, if not for the fact thatyou can tighten laptop hinges with a pair of pliers, if you remove thehinge cover
Poor Man's Wobbly laptop fix: After putting up with my Dell E1505 Inspiron's laptop wobbly lid for a few months, I found the above fix on this site. However, I did it slightly differently. At my local hardware store I purchased a 3/4" wide by 16" long metal strip for about 1.50 and some heavy duty velcro grey strips for about 4.50. So, for $6.00 problem solved! All I did was bend the last couple inches of the strip around the top of the laptop, ran it down the back, and then bent it 90 degrees at the bottom where it goes underneath my laptop by about 4 inches. I used 4 strips of velcro to securely hold it in place. So far, it works great! See my 3 uploaded pictures!
Weird...My 15 Year old Laptop still feels like new :S
Hey thanks, this looks much better than the duct tape I've been using!
Thanks, this is just what I need to fix my old laptop!

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