Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Indestructible repair for the broken HP DV 9000 laptop hinge & case

I wouldnt recommend just anyone trying this repair if you dont have patience and a little bit of mechanical know-how… There are a few steps here that are critical that they are done correctly or the LCD screen wont fit back into the case chassis. I will try to go into futher detail with the step by step pictures that I have taken during my repair. *Any pieces that are removed must be put into a separate container so they will not be lost during the repair process!!

Well like everbody else who has purchased a HP DV9000 laptop, my left hinge has cracked and in doing so, also broke the embedded locknuts in the top LCD cover. I have had this HP DV 9000(hp Pavilion DV9000 AC Adapter) for under a year but refuse to send it back for service. I havent tried to contact HP after reading all the hell stories everybody else have had in doing so… So being creative and having all the tools, I decided to give it a shot to fix it myself

1、You must remove the 3 little rubber screw covers located on the top edge of the laptop screen at the right, center & left side using the mini flat head screwdriver. Then remove the 3 screws located under the rubber covers.

2、Then you must remove the outer screen bezel, which unsnaps. Be very careful not to force the plastic for it may crack! I would start from the left hinge corner which is probably open, working clockwise with the little flat head screwdriver prying it apart every inch or so. You may also have to re…

3、Now that the LCD is fully exposed you can see how destroyed the hinge and assembly points are damaged DUE TO POOR CONSTRUCTION BY THE MANUFACTURER’S DESIGN!!!

4、Then you must unscrew the 2 very small screws that are on the left hinge connecting to the LCD screen. Now take notice how much space is between the bottom of the LCD screen and the left hinge assembly. For this is one of the things that can make this repair render your efforts useless when you t…

5、Now you must free the tired hinge. Depending on how far trashed your top cover mounting points are. Try to unscrew the 4 little phillips head screws from the hinge (only 3 if you took out the one that was covered by the rubber screw cover already) If the screws turn and do not come loose the moun…

6、Push the screen all the way open holding it at the right and left hinges not to cause any further trauma. If your hinge is to far gone and you cant move it, you will have to force the hinge with pliers when you remove it during the next step.

7、Now try rotating the left hinge asssembly away from the LCD screen(hp Pavilion DV6000 AC Adapter) towards the closed position. You may need to use pliers on the hinge to rotate it because the torque required is significant and is partially the reason your laptop hinge is broken to begin with. Now that it is in the almost close…

8、Now you need to put a bend on the angle bracket. Use a bench vise if you have one or clamp a vise grip to the egde of the bracket, with another large pliers start the bend, With a hammer bang the bend flat. *This is a critical step! The bend must take shape with the hinge! Dont over bend or you …

9、As you can see my edge was completely separated on the hinge arm. I didnt do this but I recommend that you superglue the join on the arm so it will not move and in its original position so when you go to put it back together with the LCD screen it sits correctly in the chassis. Overlay the hing…

10、Mix up a small batch of epoxy. (you must mix the 2 parts thouroughly and work quickly so it dont set or you will not get the proper bonding strength) Smear a good amount of epoxy onto the hinge at the contact points and clamp without throwing off the shape of the hinge. Use about 3 to 4 mini cla…

11、Now that the epoxy has set remove the clamps on the arm. If you have a center punch mark 2-3 points where you will drill for your pop rivots in the center of the arm. (I used 1/8″ aluminum so I only put 2, I would or rather used smaller and put 3.) Push pop rivots from the outside of the hinge a…

12、I also added a pop rivot into the front face of the hinge just keep in mind you dont wont to block the holes for the screws. You will now have to drill through the back of the hinge out the bracket the small holes for the original screws to fit. Then bore the front face of the bracket with a 3/16…

13、Now grind the bracket so it takes shape with the arm also shearing down the pop rivots smooth on the LCD side of the arm. Then, although I didnt do this on mine because I wanted it to have the most strength, you may want to so the face bezel fits completely closed when you snap it back on later …

14、Keep your fingers crossed and put your newly repaired hinge in place to see if it fits correctly. Push the hinge to the fully open position very carefully so it lines up the top cover holes. If you used 2″ brackets and it lined up the same as mine you should only have to use a razor and cut out…

15、Now depending on how bad your mounting holes were damaged, will effect how you do this step. I had all 3 broken off, so I put the 3 screws in place and tightened the brass contact points snuggly to the hinge. Next cut the HP warranty-voiding insulating mylar so you can access the set points easil…

16、If epoxy is set hard you may now put back the LCD. First take out the 2 top screws holding the arms to the cover. Put the 2 left & right side screws into LCD screen. Make sure all the contact points and webcam, etc are lined up.

17、Indestructible repair for the broken HP DV 9000 laptop hinge & case
Take LCD bezel and flip over. Then cut the 2 clip contact points offwith a razor, smooth to the bezel. If you did grind down the face ofthe bracket against the hinge edge, when you snap the face bezelback it should close back like new or if you didnt you will have a veryunnoticable gap in side, b…

18、final step
Put the 3 top screws and the 2 bottom screws back into LCDbezel into the laptop casing, then put the 5 rubber sticky padsback on and you are done. Hope it worked out for you!!! This HP hinge repair can also be seen at http://www.udtek.com Thanks for looking at my fix!

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