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Broken hinge in the back

The hinge that connects to the top panel, is broken. It's not the actual hinge to the power panel. It's the part that the keyboard sits on top of. The piece that holds the mouse pad and buttons. It's the whole silver piece. Just trying to help you understand what the actaul piece is.

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