I am also facing the same hinge problem and luckily now I saw this post. As everyone mentioned I was just closing and opening my laptop and the right side popped open suddenly yesterday.
The replies from dell were exactly same as for other people $159 for the repair and this is an accidental damage. I am surprised with so many posts over 1 year they have not done anything to rectify this problem
According to me they should retake all the laptops sold and should not release this model until this problem is fixed.
Please let me know if anyone else is successful in overcoming this issue.
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Yes; my 5547 (18 months old) have exactly same problem with right side hinge; wireless is good. I this community I see that many people have this issue with 5547. This is definitely manufacturing defect. Have you got any solution from Dell?
If I design a product well then I would probably honor 'wear and tear' issues under basic warranty - especially within a 1 year period as I would not expect to see many field issues.
Now....if my design is poor, and my product is therefore subject to issues (eg hinge popping out after 6 months average usage), then I would have two choices:
1. out of concern for my brand image, fix the design flaw asap and honor customers' warranty requests
2. employ a support team in India and a warranty team in the Philippines and refuse to assist customers suffering my design flaw misfortune
Right now, I'm $1K invested with a daughter who has really taken care of her Inspiron i7 6700HQ and am experiencing case 2, above but looking for someone at Dell (could that be Robin?) to show me you're more than that as a company...
Yep, that was my conclusion as well - the antenna wire was broken when the hinge broke. I could have lived without the hinge - I don't really need to close the laptop for my use - but I need wireless that works when I'm not in the same room as the router.
I ended up buying a new laptop this week, and I made a point of not getting a Dell this time. Not pleased with that design at all.
Yes, the Wireless Antenna Cable goes right above the right side Hinge. So, when the hinge broke, it should have pulled the wire out of the sockets breaking it.
I have the same issue right now and the repair quotation I'm getting is expensive as ***.
I'm having the same problem, on a 5547 that is 18 months old and 6 months out of warranty. On the right side, the case first gradually cracked, and tonight the hinge broke. One thing I haven't seen mentioned, though, is that I lost wireless access at the same time. The computer boots fine, and wireless is turned on, but it says it doesn't see any available networks. Does anyone here know if it's possible if the breaking hinge may have somehow impacted the laptop's wireless card? I saw the ethernet port is on the right side, but don't know where the wireless card is located within the laptop.
I am also having this issue. However my issue started right after i received my computer. I had often heard a popping sound after opening/closing my computer and shortly after that i noticed that the right side hinge would open slightly. Unfortunately today the entire side opened as pictured in the above post. i have never dropped or even bumped my computer. If i am not using my computer it is in a safe place and usually in a padded case. I do not open nor close my computer recklessly.
I have read countless reviews of people with the same problem. At this point i do not even know if i want to contact dell with my problem because from what i understand i will get transferred back and forth for hours only to be told that my issue is not covered under warranty.