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IBM T41 Hinge Replacement

I recently got a (very good) procedure for replacing the right side hinge on a T41. Now the left side is also broken. I have the description for removing the LCD bezel in the other answer, so I don't need that.

Is the left side hinge replacement similar? Will I have to remove any of the plastic or case parts other than the LCD bezel to replace both hinges? If so, what is that procedure?

Should I pay the additional money for a new set of hinges or should a used set be adequate.

The reason I ask is that I have had 570s for years and the hinge setup on them is terrible. They wear out and can stop working altogether suddenly. Paying extra for new replacement hinges for that model would always be preferable to me. But the hinge setup for T41s looks very different. Is this something I should worry about?

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  • dgm9 Dec 18, 2007

    Yes, I saw that guide. It is very clear about how to remove the lcd bezel. But the inverter is exposed when the LCD bezel is removed and the hinges are attached to the main case as well as to the lcd. My question was: do I have to remove any other plastic or case parts to replace the hinges and, if so, how. It is unclear to me from the IBM repair guide.

    Also, should I be concerned with using used hinges or are the T41 hinges stout enough that they don't usually fail like the 570 ones do.

  • roxarley Feb 25, 2009

    I have the same issue, left hand hinge and I can't find a repair guide anywahere.

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Repair4Laptop: Repairing of Laptop and Notebook LCD Displays IBM ThinkPad T41: Screen inverter replacement guide, explaining how to fix a laptop backlight problem. ... Samsung X10: (An illustrated display hinge replacement guide)

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