Laptop LCD hinges is the physical component that supports the LCD when the laptop is open, allows the LCD display to open and close and helps protect vital cables that run from the laptop motherboard into the laptops LCD display. On most laptops you will find a LCD hinge on the left and right side of the laptop and in many cases the LCD hinge will be part of the metal framing that supports/attaches to the LCD itself.
As stated before most laptops come with two hinges and they are made to work as a team with each supporting 50% of the laptop displays weight. They also are meant to function as a team when it comes to opening and closing the display with each side performing the mechanics of allowing the display to safely open and close when needed.
Over time the LCD hinges will start to slowly wear but with proper care the laptop should become useless due to age and technology gains before the LCD hinges ever completely wear out although because of design flaws on some models this is not always the case.
Knowing the stages of LCD hinge wear and how to properly operate the display is critical to maintaining the overall health of the laptop and avoiding other costly repair bills.
Good LCD Hinges:
When you buy a brand new laptop the hinges will be in their factory perfect condition and able to support the laptop display at any angle along with offering a good deal of resistance when you try to open and close the display. Good LCD hinges will hold the LCD firmly and slight movement of the laptop will not wiggle the display when open. In some cases good LCD hinges can be so strong that lifting up on a closed display will cause the whole front of the laptop to lift instead of just the display itself.
Worn LCD Hinges:
LCD hinges that are starting to wear out are those that have trouble supporting the LCD at angles you would typically not use when viewing the display, hinges the allow the display to wiggle when the laptop is moved slightly or hinges that have little or no feeling of resistance when you lift or close the display. Worn LCD hinges may also have a resistance dead zone where for the first few inches when lifting or closing the display it feels loose.
Bad LCD Hinges:
LCD hinges that offer no support of the display when open which require the display to be propped up are considered bad hinges and in need of replacement. Hinges that are physically broken and the laptop display is separating from the base of the laptop are also hinges needing replacement.
Even in cases when only one hinge is broken the hinges are designed to work as a pair not as a backup to one and other. Forcing the good hinge to take on the load of two can cause damage to the LCD, LCD cable or the good hinge….it is best to avoid operating a laptop with bad LCD hinges/hinge for very long without getting them replaced.
Laptop LCD hinge replacement has nothing to do with the actual LCD itself but the hinges and bracket that connect to it. Typically LCD hinges can be found online at relatively cheap prices for the do-it-yourself types but be warned on most laptop models you have to disassemble not only the laptop LCD display but also much of the base in order to replace the part and ESD precautions should be taken.
1. Never use excessive force when opening or closing the display.
2. Never pickup or turn the laptop by the LCD display.
3. Always open and close the laptop display from the middle of the display or from the left and right with both hands to balance the load between both hinges.
4. Leaving the laptop with the display half down for privacy is hard on the hinges. If you’re concerned with privacy when away from the laptop it is best to lock the account or log off.
5. Never transport the laptop with the display open.
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