When I am using my laptop the monitor will not hold a position.
It is loose and falls back without something to prop it against.
Is there a way to adjust it to tighten the top so it will hold position?
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Re: Monitor lid will not stay in position.
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 know which is the problem until you take the covers off. Most likely you're going to have to replace the hinges. Try Ebay for the replacements.
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This is a common problem with laptops in general, I know because I have fixed this problem in quite few. What happens is that every time you open and close the lid you bend the wires from the monitor to the mother board. Over time like any wire that is bent back and for will eventually break. The reason it works in some positions is because the insulation around the wire holds it close together and in certain positions the wire connects. Unfortunately since there is something like 21 wires finding the broken one can be difficult because the insulation will be intact. I generally just buy from ebay a new monitor cable that suits the laptop and then the fun begins. Dismantling the laptop, If your game try it otherwise give it to someone that knows how to do it. Good luck.
The flickering could be a sign that your lcd screen is going bad and
needs to be replaced. It could also be the video card inside the
computer. Isolate the problem by connecting another monitor to the
laptop. Borrow a monitor from a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker
and connect it to the laptop. If the Borrowed monitor displays ok
without flickering, then your video card inside the computer is good,
but your lcd screen is bad. If the Borrowed monitor flickers like your
lcd screen did, then your video card inside the computer is bad.
Plug in an external monitor and see if the
display shows up on it. It can be any kind of monitor even the old big fat crt
monitors as long as it has a vga cable to connect to your computer's vga
port. If so that proves your video card is ok. The video will show
on most systems when you reboot without you having to do anything. Some systems
will require you to hit the FN (Function key) + F1 thru F12. Hold down
the FN key then hit the correct key for displaying on the monitor (F1 thru
F12). The correct key will normally have CRT/LCD on it or it will have
the icon of a display.
Try tapping the back of the lcd screen's lid to see if the
flickering stops, increases or decreases. It might be that the lcd
cable located at the top on the back of the lcd screen is loose.Isolate
the problem by connecting another monitor to the computer. You'll have
to take the lcd apart to get to the video cable on the back of it.
Did you verify the screen connection. Try lowering the monitor as close as possible to the keyboard and try to turn it on, after it is turn on bring back the monitor to the original position. If turn off automatically the connection of the monitor is loose. See a tech.
Your some what not going to like the answer - Yes it can be fixed, best to have it done by HP though so you will be without for a spell. It could be as simple as a loose connection - but more likely the impact shock took out video module.
Is there any visible sign that the lid/monitor is cracked?
The alternative is to live with it and use an external monitor which defeats the purpose of a laptop. sorry - sounds like it hit on the corner of the lid
I took the hinge cover off to look for myself to see if there were in fact some set screws to tighten the monitor up. None were found, no suprise there. While on ebay ordering a new hinge set I noticed that the picture of the new hinges didn;t look the same as what I observed on the laptop. The pin on the right was sticking out on my lapto but in the picture on ebay it was flush.
I used a flat ended phillips tip screwdriver and pushed the pin back in while gently rocking the monitor back and forth. That seemed to solve the problem.
You may need to check your desktop image for your monitor and change it to something lighter The external monitor usually uses your computer's default and not ncessarily the one from your laptop monitor
Without taking it apart myself, it could be some wiring from the laptop to the screen