Lenovo Hinge (Bottom left Monitor) Problem

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  1. icecream12345

    icecream12345 Notebook Guru

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    Hello everyone. I've had my T430 for 2 years and for a while my bottom right of the monitor has been breaking more and more. I'm not sure how to explain too well in words, so I uploaded a picture. Please take a look at it. It gets worse as I open the computer more.

    What part do I need to buy to fix this? Do I need to replace the whole monitor?

    Thank you so much! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Hard to tell from just that one picture, but it looks like the frame bezel is coming off, possibly because the connection between the hinge and lid is failing. Snapping the bezel back in place doesn't fix the issue?
     
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    icecream12345 Notebook Guru

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    Nope. It cracks open every time I open up the laptop. And even when it is open, it doesn't snap back in one place anymore.
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    No, probably just need to buy a new hinge for ~10$. It's a rather common part to fail on all laptops, regardless brand or type, hence the vast number of replacement offers on ebay (along with pcb power connectors).

    It's a simple design flaw;
    View attachment 114805

    It takes quite a lot of force for it to pivot and the part where the screw(s) affix the hinge to the lcd proper are drilled out without compensating for the loss of 'meat' by thickening or widening the metal sheet. So those green parts are now its weakest point and tend to snap after extended use (metal fatigue). In your situation it might be the iffy cross section too (red arrow); looks a wee small there.

    Anyway, you'll have to remove the front bezel first to be certain. That's the plastic thingy that's coming off now out of its own regard; the hinge is staying in place, but the lcd is not. You can gently pry it loose (look on youtube, if you want), after that you can see exactly where it's failing.

    If it is the hinge, replacement is not a terribly difficult procedure; look for a single screw you can access from the bottom of the laptop. If you're not entirely confident about this you might look at the service manual first. Beware though; these things tend to operate according to some baffling law whereby you're required to remove the following items in a step-by-step procedure >>>

    1. Battery pack
    2. ExpressCard blank bezel
    3. Serial Ultrabay Enhanced bay or blank bezel
    4. Hard disk drive or solid-state drive
    5. Memory module slot cover
    6. Backup battery
    7. Memory module (in the slot on the underside of the computer)
    8. PCI Express Mini Card for wireless WAN or mSATA solid-state drive
    9. Keyboard
    10. Memory module (in the slot under the keyboard)
    11. PCI Express MiniCard for wireless LAN/WiMAX
    12. Keyboard bezel assembly, FPC cable, and bluetooth daughter card
    13. Smart card reader
    14. Speaker assembly
    15. LCD unit
    16. Thermal Fan assembly
    17. Microprocessor
    18. Base cover assembly and DC-in connector
    19. Magnesium structure frame
    20. System board assembly, ExpressCard slot, and I/O sub card
    21. LCD bezel assembly
    22. LED board
    23. Integrated camera
    24. LCD panel and LCD cable
    25. LED and camera cable
    26. Wireless antenna set
    27. Hinges and LCD rear cover assembly
    ... before you're allowed to replace one of those rubber pads on the bottom of the laptop . . . :eek:

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    icecream12345 Notebook Guru

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    wow thank you so much!! I really appreciate it! Now I know why they charge 200 bucks for a fix like this. Im going to go in tomorrow and ask if it can be done for $150 bc I'll probably break my laptop even more trying to take apart everything. Thank you again!!
     
  6. t456

    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    No-no-no, that last list was a joke :eek:. For the love of god, you only need to take out two screws!

    Yikes, $200 is $190 overpriced, just buy this instead.
     
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    icecream12345 Notebook Guru

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    Hahah oops. Do you know of any tutorial or guide for replacing the hinges? I probably need a new bezel too which I found for 15 dollars.
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    You could check youtube, but remove the bezel first. You'll see soon enough how the hinge ought to function and why it fails.

    If it really is failure of the hinge itself; it's attached to the lcd frame by one or two screws you can access when the bezel is removed. The hinge is affixed to the base itself by one screw you can access by flipping over the laptop:

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    Depending on the model these two holes could be for additional screws accessible form the top or (more common) they're simply sockets for matching pins on the base. In either case, it keeps the hinge from wobbling sideways:

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    You'll find out once you remove the single base screw; the whole lcd assembly becomes loose if that's the only thing that keeps it in place. If it's still firmly attached to the base you'll have those additional base screws to remove.
     
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