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Old 08-26-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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My sister's laptop's right hinge (or whatever, the thing that connects the screen to the keyboard) is popped out of place. She said when she opened it, she heard a pop, and then she noticed it. I don't know if it happened when she opened it, or if it was already (and it popped because it was moving), or what. It looks like if you just pushed down and a little to the left on it, it'd go back into place, but we've tried, and we can't get it. It's too hard to close/open it now, so she has to put it on the shelf instead of in the case.
It's a Dell Latitude (not sure what the model number is).

Should we try pushing it harder, or is it just busted, or what?

If needed, I will take a picture of it.

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If it popped out, it's busted. You can try to force it back in. And if it goes back it, it may still be useable for awhile. But even if it goes back into place, it is not "fixed" or back to normal...it is broken.

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If it popped out, it's busted. You can try to force it back in. And if it goes back it, it may still be useable for awhile. But even if it goes back into place, it is not "fixed" or back to normal...it is broken.
But if it's back in, what's the difference? Will it still pop out eventually?
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It should be attached in some fashion in the slot where it inserts. As it has come loose, it is no longer properly attached. So even though it's put back in, chances are it won't be properly attached any longer and it won't be as strong as it is supposed to be.

Do your best to get it back into place. My point being, don't be surprised if it continues to pop back out.
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It should be attached in some fashion in the slot where it inserts. As it has come loose, it is no longer properly attached. So even though it's put back in, chances are it won't be properly attached any longer and it won't be as strong as it is supposed to be.

Do your best to get it back into place. My point being, don't be surprised if it continues to pop back out.
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i would have the hinge replaced. if you keep opening and closing it. or even just moving the laptop around it could make the other hinge fail and damage the wires that feed the screen power and video.

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