Hello i have owned my M11x-R2 since 7/14/2010, i have always been the original owner. And i have not used it in over a year and a half due to a hinge problem. It feels very weak, and was curious on how i would be able to fix it. i had called dell and they told me that there is nothing they can due because, they have no more left in stock. So i am trying to fix it the best way. I love this laptop very much. And have a line of parts in mind to speed it up. If anyone could give me a few hints on how to fix it i would appreciate it greatly.
You can try to look for the parts in a third party like Ebay, Amazon or New egg and take it to a repair shop so they can switch the parts for you.
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My announcement at the top of this board, "Alienware Laptops: Hinge Policy", list the Dell part numbers and link. The hinges are part of the LCD assembly. You must replace the whole LCD assembly.
Here's a hinge repair guide i have followed and have reapired my laptop successfully.
LAPTOP HINGE REPAIR
THINGS YOU’LL NEED
Purchase replacement parts on sites like amazon etc ,
Before you start to dissassemble the laptop you must remember to power it off, remove the power cable and battery from your laptop. Remove the hard drive and memory sticks from your laptop as well.
Remove any screws on the bottom of your laptop that hold the keyboard to the laptop base. Some laptops do not have a keyboard screwed in. Examine your laptop carefully. If in doubt, remove all screws located on the bottom and sides of the laptop. Keep track of all of your screws, and draw a quick diagram of where each one goes to make reassembly easier.
broken laptop hinge
Use a flathead screwdriver to carefully pry up and remove the keyboard bezel. The bezel is located along the top of the keyboard on most laptops. Remove the keyboard, and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the hinge covers, if any, and disconnect any cables connecting the LCD display to the motherboard.
Replacing broken hinge
Remove any screws connecting the display to the laptop base. Carefully pull the display away from the laptop base.
Remove any screws connecting the two halves of the display assembly together. Use your fingers to carefully pry the front bezel away from the LCD display cover. Carefully remove the LCD display from the cover. The LCD display probably will be connected to a video cable. Unplug the video cable before removing the screen.
Laptop hinge screws
Remove any screws holding the hinges to the display cover. Replace with new hinges.
Replacing new hinge in laptop
Reassemble your laptop by reversing your previous steps.
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