Quick Fix for Broken Laptop Hinges

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Introduction: Quick Fix for Broken Laptop Hinges

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.

Step 2: Attach Brace

Use an old brace or get one for $1.50 at the hardware store and secure it onto the laptop using the strips. Voila, the screen now stays up!!

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    11 Discussions

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    PrashaantC
    PrashaantC

    4 years ago

    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!

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    ksourmoonB
    ksourmoonB

    5 years ago on Introduction

    ..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.

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    rclark19
    rclark19

    7 years ago on Introduction

    i used a regular iron wall joint for mine (like pictured but smaller) with velcro worked for me thank you!

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    rojelees21
    rojelees21

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

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    jsmith99
    jsmith99

    9 years ago on Introduction

    LOL!!! That IS cheap...but I think I'm going to use it. Thanks!

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    toogers
    toogers

    10 years ago on Introduction

    you could also make a metal pocket on the bottom, just slip the L-bracket in.

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    falcotheimpaler

    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

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    mjshark
    mjshark

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    Laptop repair bottom velcro (1).jpgLaptop repair back metal strip(2).jpgLaptop repair top hook.jpg
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    ReCreate
    ReCreate

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Weird...My 15 Year old Laptop still feels like new :S

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    sassafrass
    sassafrass

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey thanks, this looks much better than the duct tape I've been using!