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Right hinge coming apart

I have a dell inspiron 6400 and have recently noticed the right hingle coming aprt. the screen is not stable and flops back. Can this be fixed??

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Maybe.
This is a normal wear and tear issue with Dell lappys.
You can take off the hinge cover (it's just above the keyboard) and attempt to tighten the hinges down.
If that doesn't work, then the hinges themselves are wearing out, and need to be replaced, so you'd have to contact dell in that case buddy.
To remove the hinge cover, find where there is a small notch or space to the right of it and put a VERY small screwdriver in that notch and pry it up. (MAKE SURE that your LCD panel is completely flat aka. completely open when doing this).
Once it pops out (it takes a little muscle, don't worry it's made of plastic it shouldn't break) then you can keep prying it up until it all just pops out. Now using a phillips small screwdriver (cross head) tighten the hinges (they'll be easy to see along with their screws).
Then, simply replace the hinge cover the same way it came off, put it into the laptop at an angle upwards going into the left side this time, and then just begin to press it downwards until it pops into place. Do this all along the hinge cover from left to right this time.
There! hopefully that helps, but even if it does the hinges will NEED replacing, the dell ones are cheap, and eventually do need to be replaced.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

  • Michael Tracey
    Michael Tracey Sep 22, 2010

    these hinges are ****. the back part of the hinge is attached to the alum. bit around the screen with some extruded bits of the diecast used as rivets to attach. these pull out of the alum. or break. tightening the screws does nothing. . bad design . dell would be well aware of this design defect.. you can drill right thru the diecast and thru the alum. behind and then thru the plastic back cover. longer screws with washers and nuts will then produce a permanent repair..
    have photos etc. if you want. cost, apart from your time , is minimal and the hinge is stronger and better than any new replacement. new hinges will cost about $90.00 and still have the same defect

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