The right hand hinge,on the power point side of my sony vaio vgn fw21l has become loose and wobbly,i have contacted sony about this,only 2 b told that its going to cost me the earth just to get it looked at ,and that i shouldnt be too worried anyway,as the laptop will work just fine even with this problem,can anyone give me advice,or experience of this fault,should i be concerned?,or will it really be ok to just leave it as it is?,many thanks
I have the same problem with my vaio, I am taking it back to the shop I bought it at tomorrow as it was only bought 3 weeks ago. I have a feeling this is one of those annoying design faults. Will let you know what they say
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Re: sony vaio vgn fw21l,loose hinge
I am a PC Technician, I also happen to own a Vaio with this cool but very fragile power button. It will be okay to leave it like that.I had the same issue and I repaired mine because I have experience tearing down laptops. The labor to get to that little plastic piece is extensive. If the situation arises I can explain to you how to do this, ill even have pictures as it is nearly impossible to find service manuals for new Vaios. But it will be fine if it is a little loose.
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Hello there, There is screws on this that comes loose because of the design and the everyday up and down of the screen. If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I can send you the diagram to tighten these to try it anyways. Thanks
With the power disconnected. First off there are 4 rubbers on the screen bezel itself. Take those off and then unscrew the 4 screws.
Then take off the screen bezel itself, it will be held in by clips so you may have to use a flathead to pry it off.
Once you expose the screen, there might be one screw on each side holding in each screen hinge, if so that those screws out.
At this point there will be 4 screws holding the screen in on both the left and right side hinge.
Go ahead and take off the 4 screws on each side of the hinge and this will loosen the screen completely.
At this point go ahead and unseat the connector that goes to the inverter toward the bottom of the screen. Also unseat the connector that goes to the back of the lcd.
At this point you will have the old screen removed.
Now go ahead and screw in the screws on the left hinge and right hinge so the new screen will stay in place. Go ahead and hook up the connector to the inverter, hook up the connector to the back of the lcd. At this point go ahead and turn on the laptop and just verify that the screen works and that there is no defects such as lines in the screen or weird colors. If there is then you'll need another screen.
If you have the 2 screws, screw each one on each side of the hinges to keep the hinges in place.
Then go ahead and snap the front bezel in place, then go ahead and put the 4 screws in place and then the rubbers on and you'll have a working laptop with a new screen in place.
On most models the hinges are a pressed in, pressure brake type hinges, and when the hinge start getting worn to the point of not holding the screen, then they can only be replaced in order to fix it. You can sometimes get away with replacing just one. On some models there are screws on the hinges that come loose that can cause this. The screws aren't for adjusting, they are basically just set screws. You won't which is the problem know until you take the covers off. Most likely you're going to have to replace the hinges. Try Ebay for the replacements.
What Your Actually looking For Are Drivers For The:- VGN-FS485B.
So many people get confused, with Sonys Model And Make Numbers.
Theres usually 1 located Underneath The Base of the Laptop, And 1 On the lower right/Hand/Side Of The Screen Or hinge Cover. ( Differs On Newer models )
The Number on the Screen/Hinge Is usually the Actual Number to search Drivers/Parts et,c For.
If you Go here:- http://support.vaio.sony.co.uk/downloads/preinstalled/preinstalled.asp?site=voe_en_GB_cons&c=0&s=VGN-FS&m=2203
This should lead you to all you require.
Mike @ Compurepair.