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My MSI Wind Laptop case came apart at the screen hinges

My case came apartmust of opened the screen to far backwardsnow the laptop switches on and off on it's own with no apparent rhyme or reasondepending on how far the screen is opened or closed. The hinges of the screen seemed warped also Question Will I need to take it apart and line everything back up(hinge and power button) or do I need professional help? I have put in ram hard drives Cd's etc to desk tops but never had a laptop opened Thank you Benita Harris

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    Mark Zbylut May 12, 2010

    I would recommend professional help. This is a much more agressive repair than just opening a case for memory. But a Google search showed a NEW MSI Netbook for $360 at Walmart. A refurbished U100 sells for $123.00 at


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Yes. you need a technicians or professional help on this... there might be problem on your unit.

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