All the information on a laptop computer, like an HP Pavilion zv6000, is accessed via its LCD monitor, and the only things supporting the monitor are the two hinges on either side of the computer. Needless to say, if these hinges become damaged, you can lose the monitor from your laptop. And without the monitor, all you're left with is an expensive paper weight. So if you have a damaged hinge on your HP Pavilion, the good news is that you can fix it yourself fairly quickly.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
Turn off your Pavilion and disconnect the AC adaptor from its port. Unplug the battery from its bay located on the bottom of the laptop.
Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6 screws at the top and bottom of the LCD screen holding the screen bezel (plastic frame) in place.
Pull the bezel away from the screen by the corner. The loose hinge should now be exposed at the top corner of the computer, just under the screen.
Remove the three screws along the plastic guard at the top of the keyboard. Remove this plastic guard to have complete access to the loose hinge.
Insert the tip of your screwdriver in the seam between the plastic hinge cover and the hinge then pop the plastic cover off the hinge. Three screws will now be visible on the hinge itself.
Use your screwdriver to tighten the screws on the hinge. When satisfied that the screws are secure, replace the hinge cover, keyboard cover, screen bezel and all screws.
Move the laptop screen back and forth to verify that the loose hinge is fixed. If it is still loose, repeat steps 1 to 6 until the hinge is completely secure.
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