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HP tablet PC tc4200 latch fixable?

The latch on my tc4200 is broken with the screen in tablet position. Any idea how to open the latch or otherwise fix this problm?

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In a pinch, you can pop the lid open on these by sliding a credit card between the screen and base chassis. Typically when the latch breaks on a tc4200/4400 it will need to be replaced unless it is simply jammed.

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