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Broken screen hinge/collar

Yes my wifes m275 seems to have a broken screen pivot assembly. One of the two screws that hold the screen to the pivot came loose, and now the "hinge" seems stuck in one position. any help appreciated. - mark

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Re: broken screen hinge/collar

You can purchase replacement hinges and hinge covers here: They may be a bit of work to replace. But short of replacing the hinge assembly, it doesn't sound like that is going to move.

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I would like you to connect a VGA monitor, to the VGA port on the back of the convertible tablet. The VGA monitor will now be an External Monitor.

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