HP is usually known for its high-quality products; however, laptop hinges on HP laptops have become the proverbial thorn in its paw on several models. Because this manufacturing defect casts such a wide net over the entire HP laptop line, you'll need to determine which HP laptop you're using to replace your specific hinge---each model has a different disassembly method. However, there are several key steps that apply to all HP laptop models. Be careful when disassembling your screen assembly, particularly around the LCD and its bezel.
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Things you need
- Grounding wrist strap
- Small screwdrivers
- Replacement hinge
Put on your grounding wrist strap and attach the metal lead to a grounded surface. This will prevent electrostatic discharge potentially destroying sensitive components inside of your laptop. Disconnect any cables or plugs attached to the laptop. Flip the laptop over and remove the battery. Remove the six screws inside of the battery compartment.
Pry up the switch cover on top of the "Power" and "Reset" buttons gently, using a small flathead screwdriver. Place a screwdriver between the switch cover and the keyboard and pry upward gently until it comes loose. Once the switch cover is removed, place it to the side.
Unscrew the bezel's screws and pry the bezel gently away from the LCD screen (around the LCD's bezel, there are five screws---one in each corner and one directly in the centre at the top of the bezel). Be careful not to scratch the bezel or the LCD screen.
Remove the three screws from both hinges and disconnect the power inverter at the base of the LCD from its power supply. Gently pry the LCD away from its cover, exposing the video ribbon cable. Unplug the ribbon cable from the screen.
Remove the two screws on each side of the screen that secure the LCD to its frame. The LCD should now pull free.
Remove the three screws (with the full hinge assembly exposed) that secure the hinge to the laptop's chassis. Remove the hinge and the small black cover around the hinge.
Place the cover over the replacement hinge and reassemble the laptop, following the previous instructions in reverse.
Tips and warnings
- Your laptop's disassembly method may vary slightly---check your owner's manual for model-specific instructions.
- If your laptop is still under warranty, send it to HP for repair. Disassembly will usually void your warranty.
- Do not overtighten the screws when reassembling the laptop: This may crack or damage the laptop.
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