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Stiff screen on laptop

The screen is so stiff (hinge) that it is very difficult to open and the stress of levering it to a fully open has caused a crack in the plastic back cover.  Can the hinges be lubricated? With what?

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Re: Stiff screen on laptop

Can you please tell me what is the notebook model


you should not lubricate the hinges

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Stiff hinge..I try and it work!!..Take out the hinge from your laptop.. put the hinge area into the flame (gas cooker at your kitchen). put it for 3 or 4 minutes. Immidiately soak it into cold water. It will loose a bit. if neccessary, repeat the process until you satisfied.

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