A desperate cry for help - broken T500 Screen hinge

asiniv

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Hi,
I have a beloved 8 years-old Lenovo T500 which I cherish dearly
(and also cannot afford at the moment to replace with a new laptop).

Through wear-and-tear over the years the Screen's bottom left hinge has started to give way - the actual metal screw hole, inside the plastic screen frame cover has broken off and as a result the entire screen is touchy-loose and the plastic frame across that side is widely opened and braking off.

I'm looking for a way to improvise a permanent fix from the outside -
Where the laptop screen can be moved to change it's angle of view (and also closed of course).
I want to achieve this without opening the plastic frame cover, as I've already done that a few times and since the entire thing is delicate I already caused further damage on the opposite side where the plastic is weak.

I tried using the strongest duck-tape I could find in order to try and hold that corner together (a black 'demolition tape'). It didn't hold through.
I've also tried to super-glue the duck tape to that corner with a tight snug. It also got loose due to the faulty mechanism's exerted pressure :-(

Below are links to a couple of photos are in order to try and illustrate the problem
(I apologize for the poor quality due to my old Nokia C2 3-Megapixels mobile phone camera):


(https://goo.gl/photos/E69JJdC57fjVWSLF6)
(https://goo.gl/photos/xypQb2WTi3s8AQoY8)

So - any ideas on how to improvise a DIY common-household-items, permanent fix ?

Help would be greatly appreciated!

Thx in advance...
 

nitrium

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You can just bolt garden variety hinges from your hardware store to it. I've done this to a laptop before, but it ain't exactly pretty. And you have to be prepared to take your laptop apart of course. Mine looked like this, pretty much: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZfUGAgX6M8
Here are soem other options. The second link, especially, is what you want to do, by the sounds of it.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Repair-of-broken-laptop-hinges-and-cracked-top-cov/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-Hinge-Hack/
 

asiniv

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Your fix in the video seems elegant enough (as opposed to the other horrendous examples).
Only problem is: I'm a complete goof when it comes to practical technical repairs. I'm hardly the home-improvement kinda of guy (i.e. can barely drill a straight hole for a bolt in the wall).
So your solution and instructions are way off my capabilities.
Any suggestions on what kind of handy-man I should try and turn to with your instructions?
(taking into account I live in a country of unprofessional crooks (I've already tried to find a private pc-repair-guy, he ripped
me off and now I'm suing him...) .

Other simpler elegant solutions that will fit a common lay-man like me are also welcome :)

Thanks!
 

nitrium

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DIY fixes like this are always going to be pretty ghetto - it's all about coaxing a few more years of life out of it, not about looking pretty. When I did this my train of thought was I had nothing to lose either way (an old laptop with a broken hinge is worth nothing anyway), so taking to it with a screwdriver and drill doesn't really matter - even if you epically fail. The key things to remember is to remove the battery before doing anything, and it also helps to take plenty of close-up digital photos along the way so you can figure out what went where when it comes to reassembly.
 

asiniv

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Agree. But the only catch is that I can't exactly afford a new laptop right now if I screw something up.

considering, I will try to find a friend with 'good enough hands and tools' to try and do that for me.

Thanks for the extra tips, I will keep that in mind!
 
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