While most laptop casings are durable, none are invulnerable to damage. Your laptop's casing protects all internal components from liquid and electrical damage. If your HP laptop's outer casing cracks or breaks, it opens up your laptop's components up to potential damage. Most cracks in your laptop casing can be fixed with strong adhesive glue. If there are major cracks, you may have to completely replace the outer casing.
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Things you need
- Compressed air can
- Cotton swabs
- Plastic adhesive
Power down you laptop, and unplug all cables or devices from the laptop. Remove the battery pack from its compartment on the laptop's bottom side. It is never safe to work on any laptop while it is still connected to a power source. Wear an antistatic wrist strap for added protection, and to ground yourself.
Open the display panel as far as possible, so you have full access to all the damage to your laptop's casing. Use a can of compressed air to blow out all dust and debris from any cracks in your laptop's casing. Use a cotton swab if the crack in your case is large.
Press the broken plastic together as close as possible. Apply some commercial plastic adhesive solution into the crack. Count to 100, or until you feel the glue has settled. Let the glue sit for about 10 to 15 minutes before attempting to move the laptop.
Tips and warnings
- Larger cracks may require that you replace the entire outer casing, which is a risky procedure for the average laptop user. If this is the case, take your computer to a certified laptop repair technician to replace the outer casing.
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