Display hinges

LCD-screen-connected-to-hinges

Display hinges connect two halves of a laptop – the display panel and base assembly. All regular laptops have two hinges located on the left and right sides of the display panel. Tablet PCs have one hinge-swivel located in the middle of the display.

The LCD screen mounts to the the screen mounting brackets which are permanently attached to the display hinges. There are two or more screws securing the LCD screen to each mounting bracket.

The display hinges are not repairable. If the hinge is broken or too loose to keep the display in an open position, you have to replace it with a new one.

Laptop-display-hinge

On the picture below you see a laptop with removed LCD screen.

LCD screen removed

In order to remove and replace hinges, you’ll have to disassemble both, the display panel and laptop base.

HINGE RELATED PROBLEMS

1. The laptop display feels loose. It will stay in the up position, but when you move the display it feels floppy.

First of all, try tightening screws securing both hinges to the laptop base and display cover. If tightening screws doesn’t help, apparently your hinges are worn out and will have to be replaced soon.

2. The display will not stat in the up position. When you open the display and leave it in the up position, it falls back.

Most likely one or both hinges are broken and have to be replaced. Even if only one hinge is broken, I would recomment replacing both hinges because the second one is worn out and could break too in the near future.

30 comments on “Display hinges
  1. pankaj kumar says:

    How much does it cost to fix a hinge on a laptop?

  2. Rod says:

    Gateways seem to have a lot of hinge problems. The hinge area seems narrower than others. Mine was NV57.

    My question is: would lubrication have possibly prevented the hinge from breaking? Do you recommend lubing hinges? and with what?

    I did notice the hinge sort of binding, and taking a lot of force to close the lid. unless that was after the hinge had failed.

  3. John says:

    I wanna thank you for make this kind of pages. I have a great doubt. I got a laptop of Gateway designers, model m, but I didn´t found too much info about them. I was trying to dismantle it, but I saw the inner lcd cable sticked to a foil or silvered paper and following one of the two connections, one of the cables was joined in a box that I don´t know what is it. I will apreciate if you can solve my doubts or make a blog about them.
    Tnx a lot.

  4. Lee says:

    I just received my VAIO ea, i think problem 1. The laptop display feels loose. It will stay in the up position, but when you move the display it feels floppy. It like when i “poke” the laptop body, the screen will “sway”. Is this normal, or i just received a lemon? I have read some post about tighten the hinges, but it will apply pressure and wore it out. And another thing, i’m able to open my laptop lid with just one hand.

  5. Repair Man says:

    Chug Chug,

    Do you have display hinge for Toshiba 5205-S505 right and left side?

    Nope, I don’t sell any parts myself but you can find both hinges on eBay.

  6. Chug Chug says:

    Do you have display hinge for Toshiba 5205-S505 right and left side?

  7. Repair Man says:

    Andy,

    does anyone know the part name / number for the hinge that is under the battery at the back on the LHS of the tosh satelite pro L20

    Go to eBay and search for satellite L20 hinge.
    Is it what you are looking for?

  8. Andy says:

    Hi – does anyone know the part name / number for the hinge that is under the battery at the back on the LHS of the tosh satelite pro L20

  9. Nora says:

    Hi again.

    Just wanted to drop by and thank your for your help! I found my screen’s part number, it was exactly where you described. Also found a good seller on eBay from your link, thanks so much for that.

    The repair went swimmingly. I have a Laptop once again rather than a very small desktop. =D

    While I agree it’s not a beginner’s job, it’s not that difficult, it’s just time-consuming. If you’re prepared, with the correct screwdrivers, and are careful in taking note of what goes where, it’s rewarding and worthwhile.

    I’m not a beginner, but this is my first time working on a laptop. I was very apprehensive for a long time, but I shouldn’t have been. Your site here gave me the guides and assurance I needed to give it my first try. I can’t thank you enough, I think I may work on more notebooks in the future now.

    Repair took 4.5 hours, including occasional stops for breaks and for lunch. Awesome! =D

    I’m one happy camper – thank you again!

  10. Repair Man says:

    Nora,

    Are you one of the sellers on eBay you linked to? Or do you have a recommendation for a seller you buy from regularly?

    Nope, I don’t sell anything on eBay. I’m just linking to eBay stores you can buy laptop stuff.

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