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Pierreism
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N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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Hi there,

I have an out of warranty Inspiron 15R N5110 (3 years old). Our fan stopped working, so I opened the body up to have a look at it, but found during the disassembly that our laptop never came with a metal hinge bracket for the base part of the right hinge. Because of this, when I unscrewed the hinge screws, the screw holders (typically below and held firm in place by the metal bracket) snapped off.

It doesn't look to be something I can replace, because what snapped looks to be a part of the bronze/metal frame that runs throughout the bottom of the casing.

The part that snapped looks a bit like a tiny screw end cap, insulated in a ring of metal-looking plastic.

If you know the part of the machine I'm talking about, Is there any way this could be fixed? Because otherwise I have a £800 paperweight!

Thanks Dell team.

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CAVEMANTECH
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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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Hello Smiley Happy
I'm a tech working in a very small cave........
what I know is all the dell n5110 has the same problem
when the warranty ends and after a couple of years the hinge brakes
so far I have fix 7 of the same models same problem
here is what you would need
* Soldering iron kit
*Nipper
*Couple of long screw with spacers(Washers)

The top screw is the original


First take out the broken part from the hinge
and use the nipper to cut off the plastics

heat up the soldering iron
then place the metal on the place where it use to be
( The smooth part facing bottom )
and this is the tricky part Smiley Happy
FAILING ON PRESSURE AND OVER HEATING WILL MAKE IT MORE WORST Smiley Sad
use the soldering iron to heat the metal apply pressure gently

Finishing it you must put a spacer(washer) between the space to prevent loose or shake
but I ran out of spacers so I just left it that way Smiley Happy
and incase the plastic body is over damaged there is plan B Smiley Happy
hope this will help you Smiley Happy

Vivek Raut
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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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CaveManTech,

Hello :-)

I had also the same hinge problem and followed exactly what you suggested and voila.. problem solved.

Using soldering iron fixed the brass nuts in broken holes and used two little longer screws to fix the hinge.

Only addition is, I fixed one more screw from bottom for more strength.

Thanks for sharing the info, really helped me to save conversion of laptop into a $700 paperweight :-)

hope this will help others having similar hinge issue Smiley Happy

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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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Hi Pierreism,

Sorry about the situation. Looks like it is a part of bottom assembly however could you please send me a couple of pictures so that I can assist you in a better way?

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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Pierreism
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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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Oh, I really should've done that before I put everything back together 

I'll have pictures for you in the coming days when I have time to take it apart again. Sorry about that!

Thanks for replying.

RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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Sure Pierreism you can send me the snapshots once you have taken it out apart. Waiting for you response.

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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Pierreism
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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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Hi again,

I've posted pictures below.

As you can see, the screw entry points from the bottom frame have snapped off which means the right hinge isn't stable/secure.

As you can also see from the gunk around it, I tried to superglue it back together. (it doesn't work, no amount of superglue can take the pressure created by bending the hinge.)

I realise that voids the warranty and means you guys don't have to help, but I'm literally posting as a last resort. The warranty expired long ago.

This also doesn't seem to be a very complete hinge construction. I might be missing a metal frame bracket at the bottom, because the right hinge has one.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/headpin/1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/headpin/2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/headpin/3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/headpin/4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/headpin/5.jpg

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Pierreism
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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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The left hinge has a bottom bracket, sorry.

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Pierreism
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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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So, I guess, no hope?

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AdgeTimick
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Wow, this is no good.  I came here because my Dell Inspiron 15R N5110 fan cover broke and a little piece of the plastic fell into the fan.  The fan jammed and started smoking, so I shut my computer down, but I was worried about opening it up just because there doesn't seem to be a good way to access the fan without taking multiple pieces (like the keyboard) off, at least not according to the service manual.  Now seeing that a hinge might break or even be faulty, I'm even less confident about trying to get this plastic piece out of the fan.  I can hear the piece rattling around when I turn over my laptop, but no amount of shaking or tilting is getting it out of the fan assembly. 

Any tips on taking it apart to get to the fan while avoiding the hinge problem, Pierreism? 

Thanks, and hopefully somebody from Dell will get back to you soon about this hinge issue.

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Pierreism
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Yes access to the fan requires pretty much a complete disassembly as it's located on the bottom of the motherboard. So that means unscrewing every screw on the bottom, taking off the optical drive, keyboard, palmrest, display, motherboard, complete heatsink, THEN the fan.

The good news is I didn't have a problem locating or replacing it. It's just this damn hinge problem.

To make things more complicated, my motherboard doesn't seem to be the same as others I've seen online and on YouTube. There must be international variants or something, because on this video of someone taking apart an N5110, at 3:18 you see them take off the display and the right hinge looks markedly different from the photos I posted above. For one, that assembly has a metal bracket on the bottom of the right hinge, whereas mine does not.

It might be good to get a second pair of eyes, actually. If you do plan on taking apart the machine, could you post pictures of what your right hinge looks like? You don't have to take the display off or unscrew it just yet, but pictures (like mine) would be helpful. You might need to zoom in a bit and use flash.

All I can recommend is that you use a sharp Philips head and don't wear down the screw notches. Everything else I had no problem with.

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mbaylon72
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RE: N5110 hinge break: irreparable?

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I could send pictures, but they look just like yours.  Happened tonight just trying to get access to the hard drive.

Have you been able to fix this?  I am thinking of using epoxy to fill those holes in the base and using longer screws.

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