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How do I replace hinges on compaq nc4010, please?

One display hinge on the laptop is broken. I have replacement hinges and covers.

It looks as if I have yo take the cover off the LCD. Does this just prise off or is there a another way?

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  • pjl1000 Oct 31, 2008

    The response is not an answer to the problem. I have spare hinges (see posting). To be advised to go to e-bay to buy some more is hardly helful. My question on how to fix the new hinges was ignored.

  • pjl1000 Oct 31, 2008

    I am afraid that I do not believe this advice. The hinges fit into the bottom of theLCD display unit. Removing the keyboard and/or the LCD cover would get you n further. I really would like advice from someone who has replaced these hinges

  • pjl1000 Oct 31, 2008

    To Ekse
    I have read the manual. The pages you refer to describe how to remove the whole display unit from the computer - which is not relevant. They do not describe how to replace the hinges into the display. I have since found a brief respons from 2007 which confirms that the display has to be gently prised apart.

  • pjl1000 Oct 31, 2008

    Ginko

    What you advise is not relevant. The problem is not to unscrew the hinges from the chassis. This is entirely straightforward and does not require anything other than the hinge covers to be removed.
    The problem lies with the other end of the hinge which fits into the lid.

  • pjl1000 Oct 31, 2008

    Ginko
    What is the procedure for removing the screen front cover?
    That is the advice I have been seeking throughout. I have the manual that you quote and it does not address this point

  • pjl1000 Nov 01, 2008

    The original question - still unanswered by anyone -is hpw do I remove the front cover of the LCD display. This is not described in the service manual which I have.

    It would be really helpful to have a response from someone who has actually replaced these hinges.

  • pjl1000 Nov 01, 2008

    Ekse
    This does not address the problem asked

  • pjl1000 Nov 01, 2008

    Does not address the question asked

  • pjl1000 Nov 01, 2008

    Does not address the question asked

  • pjl1000 Nov 01, 2008

    This is more helpful. There are no obvious screws holding the fromt of the LCD display. There are small "rubber" dots. Do they need prising off? The cover does not come off readily and I am hesitant to use force.

  • pjl1000 Nov 01, 2008

    The final response was helpful. However it is obvious that none of the repondents have actually replaced broken hinges on this model of laptop - and this makes the advice less than compelling

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Hi,

On most Compaq units we have worked on, the front plate of the display is held by 5 special screws. These required the use of a T-9 Torx driver. The location of the screws are underneath the small rubber pads on the four (4) corners plus one center top. The panel and the back cover snaps together and needs to be pried apart using a thin spatula type tool to separate. It helps to have another of this tool to keep the side/areas already parted from snapping back together while working on the other side.

The hinge could either be part of the LCD bracket or attached to it. There would be no less than 3 screws holding the upper part. In some models the bottom part is slide in with two (2) screws at the rear of the laptop itself. In some instances, the rectangular panel above the keyboard has likewise to be removed. Some have screws some are just snap together.

In important note is not to bunch the screws together. Often they come in different lengths or threads.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Nov 01, 2008

    I have to add a few notes:


    • no matter how careful one is, there would be instances where there would be scratches/cracks;

    • in some instances, it is not the hinge that is the issue but the backing plastic base that holds the copper/brass inserts that serves as nuts;

    • in some emergency repairs, a nail pusher from a manicure set also serve the purpose as the spatula.



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Here are the Service Manuals to show you how to get the case open and replace the hinge:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=179111&taskId=135&pro
dTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=395732

Thanks

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The lcd screen should have screws on the sides of the screen all the way around , that is how you will get to the screws on the inside for the hinges ,when the caps are popped off of the hinges there should be two screws per side and also the plug for the lcd screen should be on the left side be careful when lifting up on the plastic part of the plug and be careful of the wires attached
once you have the hinge unsrewed and the plug detached you should be able to take the lcd screen out and work on getting the screws out of the side of the lcd screen , once you have the screws out of the lcd screen be careful when seperating the two pieces , then you should be able to get to the hinge screws on the lcd screen , after that its just putting on the new and putting it back together

electech

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  • jason Oct 31, 2008

    if there are no screws then the lcd screen will have to be carefully pried apart

  • jason Nov 01, 2008

    on the front of the lcd screen , the plastic that covers the front sides will be pried off from the side of the screen then there will screws holding the lcd to the back side of the screen , remove those also

  • jason Nov 01, 2008

    you will need to at least take the the cover off positioned just below the screen( power button , led light , speakers cover) to get the lcd plug out

  • jason Nov 01, 2008

    if there are little rubber dots then those have to come out and there will be screws under them

  • jason Nov 01, 2008

    unfortunately we cannot have hands on every device that is out there ,but knowing that there only certain ways that they can be put together and from experience there are many ways they are constructed on all the different types, there is no specific way that they are all put together

    if you are not satisfied with this cheap way of getting help then ask for your money back

    sorry you are not satisfied



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Replacing broken laptop hinges takes a lot of time because you have to take apart two major parts – the laptop case and the display assembly. 

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  • fixexpert Oct 31, 2008

    Replacing broken laptop hinges takes a lot of time because you have to take apart two major parts – the laptop case and the display assembly. For removing the top cover assembly you can follow these instructions. To open up the display assembly, check out guides for other models on www.irisvista.com. If you decide to open the laptop, be very careful and document each step you make so you have no trouble assembling it back. If you are not confident, do not open the laptop or you can damage it permanently.


  • fixexpert Oct 31, 2008

    STEP 1
    Unlock the battery and remove it from the notebook.

    STEP 2
    Remove the hard drive cover, the memory module cover and the wireless card cover on the bottom of the notebook. 
    STEP 3
    To remove the hard drive, slide it away from the connector and lift it up.
    Remove the memory module.
    Disconnect the wireless card antenna cables and remove the wireless card.
    TEP 4
    Remove two screws securing the DVD drive to the notebook base.
    STEP 5
    Slide the DVD drive away from the notebook and remove it.
    Remove the "dummy" PC card. 
    STEP 6
    Remove nineteen screws on the bottom of the notebook.
    STEP 7
    Remove two screws securing the modem card to the system board.
    Carefully lift it up to disconnect from the system board and disconnect the cable on the modem card.
    STEP 8
    Place the notebook the right side up.
    Using a screwdriver or another sharp object start removing the keyboard securing strip.
    STEP 9
    Remove the keyboard securing strip.












  • fixexpert Oct 31, 2008

    rate the solution if helped
    feel free for further assistance.
    thanks.

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Hello,

here is a service guide for your laptop
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00723167.pdf
page 64 has a picture of the laptop and its parts.
Browse around the manual, you should be able to find the information you need.
It includes instructions on taking the laptop apart among other things.

Let me know how it goes and if you need further assistance from me, is so use the add a comment button and make sure you also include my nickname in the message (Ekse)

Thanks,
Ekse

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  • Ekse Oct 31, 2008

    In this manual

    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00...



    the display hinges are on page 121

    seems you will have the remove the keyboard and the small cover between the keyboard and the lcd. to get to the hinges.



    full instructions in the manual.



  • Ekse Oct 31, 2008

    In this manual
    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00...

    the display hinges are on page 121
    seems you will have the remove the keyboard and the small cover between the keyboard and the lcd. to get to the hinges.

    full instructions in the manual.

  • Ekse Oct 31, 2008


    1. Prepare the notebook for disassembly (Section 5.3).

    2. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini PCI

    communications board. Refer to Section 5.6 for instructions.

    3. Remove the LED switch cover (Section 5.7).

    4. Remove the keyboard (Section 5.8).

    5. Close the notebook and position the notebook so the rear

    panel faces toward you.

    6. Remove the two T8M2.0×8.0 screws that secure the hinge

    covers to the notebook.

    7. Position the notebook so the front faces toward you and open

    the notebook as far as it will open

    8. Remove the display hinge covers by inserting a flat-bladed

    tool under the covers and lifting them up.



    more in the manual.


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Hinges for your laptop is available from the link below

Ebay

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  • SAM ANDERSON Oct 31, 2008

    Turn the unit upside down.
    Remove the battery.
    Remove one screw securing the hard drive cover.
    Remove four screws securing the heat sink and the CPU fan.
    Disconnect the hard drive from the connector and remove it.
    Remove two screws securing the CPU fan.
    Disconnect the fan cable on the system board and remove it.
    Remove two screws securing the heat sink and carefully lift it off the CPU.
    Remove two screws securing the DVD drive and remove it from the laptop.
    Removed all marked screws on the bottom of the computer.

    Turn the laptop right side up.
    Insert a thin object under the keyboard securing strip and lift it up.
    Be careful, it may be very tight.
    Remove the securing strip.
    Remove three screws and a metal brace securing the keyboard.
    Lift off the keyboard and place it on the palm rest.
    Remove one screw securing a metal plate over the keyboard connector and remove the plate.
    Disconnect the keyboard cable on the system board.
    Remove the keyboard.
    Remove four screws securing the top cover / display assembly to the laptop base.
    Now you can access the memory modules. Spread the latches securing the memory module and remove it from the slot.
    Disconnect the wireless antenna cables from the wireless card.
    Spread the latches to release the wireless card and remove it from the socket.
    Disconnect the speaker cables on the system board.
    Disconnect the laptop display cables on the system board.
    Using a guitar pick start to separate top cover / display assembly from the base.
    Release all latches on the back of the laptop, so you can separate the top cover and the base.
    Carefully lift off the top cover assembly starting from the back of the laptop.
    Remove the top cover / display assembly.
    Remove two LCD mask seals.
    Remove two screws hidden under seals.
    Put your fingers between the mask and the LCD screen and carefully release the mask latches.
    Do not hurry; twist the mask slightly to release the latches.
    Remove the LCD screen mask.
    Remove one screw securing the FL inverter board to the LCD cover.
    Disconnect cables on both ends of the FL inverter board.
    Remove the FL inverter.
    Remove four screws securing the LCD screen to the display cover.
    Remove the LCD screen and place it on the palm rest.


    Disconnect the video cable on the back of the LCD screen.
    Remove the LCD screen.
    Now you can access the display hinges and remove/replace it.
    Close the laptop lid and turn it over.
    Remove the white mylar cover to get access to the hinges and the laptop speakers.
    Remove eight screws securing the hinges to the laptop base.
    Remove the speaker cables from its route.
    Open the laptop lid and remove both speakers through the opening in the top cover.
    Place the top cover / display assembly the right side up.
    Remove six screws securing the hinges to the display cover.
    Remove the old hinges through the opening in the top cover.
    Replace the broken hinges.



  • SAM ANDERSON Oct 31, 2008

    Can you view my comments I have posted you some steps to replace hinges .

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You have first to remove the keyboard and the cover, then you proceed in replaceing the hinges.

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    Ginko Oct 31, 2008

    Lol, I have replaced the hinges on that and some other hundred laptops like that, that is what I do for living. Now Fixya works with short answers, then follow this hint.

    If you are interested here is the service manual, For detailed procedure , follow the service manual here (click), check page 117, it says:

    1. Prepare the notebook for disassembly
    2. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini PCI communications board. instructions.
    3. Remove the LED switch cover
    4. Remove the keyboard


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    Ginko Oct 31, 2008

    If you are interested here is the service manual, For detailed procedure , follow the service manual here (click), check page 117, it says:

    1. Prepare the notebook for disassembly
    2. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini PCI communications board. instructions.
    3. Remove the LED switch cover
    4. Remove the keyboard

    On some models here you remove the hinge covers.

    Once you remove the keyboard, you reveal hinges screws that mount on the chassy, undo them and free the hinges.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Oct 31, 2008

    To replace hinges you have to undo the whole display assembly.

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    Ginko Oct 31, 2008

    To remove the other end of the hinge on an HP/Compaq you usually have to remove the screen front cover, sometimes also the LCD display, as the hinges are screwed onto the back panel.

    I have assembly instructions for most of them.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Oct 31, 2008

    More , on the 4000 series you also have to unscrew the two scrws that keep the hinge covers to access the hinges.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Oct 31, 2008

    Here is the procedure:









    That is all you need to do.


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    Ginko Oct 31, 2008
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    Ginko Nov 01, 2008

    It is obvious that you should keep comments on experts for yourself.

    You do not seem to have understood muck from presentation given, it is obvious that not all users read carefully comments, and it is also obvious that is impossible to work seriously with the current system.

    It is obvious that I do not maintain my family answering to you on Fixya, therefore it is obvious that I have another job.

    What do you think I do for living , the pastry chef?

    It is obvious that once again you should pay more attention and read carefully what had been told you in previous comments.

    You had at least three persons here that disassembled that old laptop of yours before.

    Thanks for using Fixya.

    Obviously and obnoxiously goodbye.


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