If I take the casings off to get to hinges is there any way I could mess anything up so horribly that it would have to be replaced? I spend most of my money on this laptop from my girlfriend's sister and need it for online classes so I have to make sure.
You can take the casing off as long as you try not to touch the circuit boards of the laptop, if the case doesn't want to come off don't try yank it off look to see if you've missed any screws or anything also make sure if you unscrew things that you remember where they go and that you put the screws in a SAFE place and do not lose them otherwise it should be fine as long as you are patient and careful
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In this case, i recommend you to bring your laptop to any service centres around and ask for part replecement.
Yes, the hinges are loose. It is a well known issues for laptop users. Frequent opening and closing behaviour can cause the wear and tear effect become even more apparent.
But if you really want to do it by yourself, then you should prepare a few things.
1) The hinges specifically for your model.
2) Set of screwdrivers for your laptop
3) Another laptop / tablet/ phone that can be used while you open up the laptop.
From there, you can search the youtube for hinge replacement. Take note of the number of parts and screws you took out. Opening it would be easy but putting it back in place is hell of a mess. Take a note and be organized while doing it. We don't want the keyboard to be loose after this wouldn't we?
Disassembling a laptop is not something that you should "try" by yourself.
If you accept the risks:
* make a "backup" of all your files, just to be "safe"
* turn the computer off
* disconnect the AC power
* remove the battery
* remove the covers over the hinges
* remove the keyboard -- note that a DELICATE "ribbon-cable" connects the keyboard to the case
* remove the top-plate -- by unscrewing some of the screws on the bottom of the case
* unscrew the hinges -- note that a DELICATE cable connects the LCD to the case
* remove the "surround" from around the screen
* swap the screens
Generally, the optical drive can be removed without taking the casing apart, just one screw holds it in under the laptop. If yours is one of those that does need to come apart, you will need to make sure that the two screwsat the rear of the laptop are undone. When you take the bexel off where the power button is, there will be two more screws holding the hinge in, they need to come out too. Then you need to remove the LCD screen before the rest of the case will come apart.
Toshibas have a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE overheating problem. In your case, it sounds like the video card is overheating. Use compressed air in a can to blow dust out from inside your laptop. Then lift it up off your desk by propping it with something small, or buy a notebook cooler base. the problem should go away. I'm surprised you haven't experienced auto-shut-off yet.
This is not for the faint hearted and because there are many types of different hinges used i cant be absolutley specific but here goes any way :)
You will probably need to lift the caseing aroung the top of the keyboard, then the caseing around the screen. There generaly lots and lots of small screws involved and some locking tabs.
I find the best way to deal with the locking tabs is to tease them open with something like a jewellers screw driver and then use
You should then be able to get to the hinges for the screen. The main problem I've seen with loose hinges is the plastic fixes for hinges have broken and the screws have fallen. If this is the case there isnt a great deal you can do other than replacing the screen caseings.
Hope this helps, if you need any more assistance please dont hesitate to ask.
i have the same computer and i replaced something with the hinges with mine when it hd that problem but now my mother board is messed up i cant even use any port if you want to junk it let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org