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Display Lid Warped / Bent? Here Comes the Ultimate 5 Minute Fix!

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:41 am
by Bakerman
Hey guys,

I was suffering from a bent / warped display lid. I seeked relief on the internet, but all I could find were suggestions to RMA the device, or just "let go".
I wouldn't want to "let go" - and this bent display was annoying me so much, that I started experimenting a bit until I have come up with a solution that just works.

TL;DR:
Put the display lid in the oven, around 2-3 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. After I took it out, it had already straightened itself in the oven. Please note, that if you do so, you do it at your own risk and maybe try it with 1 minute (or less first) ... these things are very fragile! A second too long might ruin the lid.



Before, it looked like this:

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6876/hfJO2Y.jpg

And this:

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6123/nKzSpY.jpg


So, it was time for the oven:

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/2036/lcdGvb.jpg

After just 2-3 minutes, the result was quite impressive:

https://imageshack.com/a/img921/1053/BuudGO.jpg

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/3473/ydIw8e.jpg

Re: Display Lid Warped / Bent? Here Comes the Ultimate 5 Minute Fix!

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:54 am
by Screamer
Uh, these images are way too big. Could you put them as a URL, instead?

The forum's rules did mention something about this:
IF needed, you may add one or more photographs to your post. In that case you must also place a warning in the Subject: line!
PLEASE note that you may have multiple thumbnails (ideally linking to full-sized images) as long as their sum does NOT exceed the 50KB limit.
It would also be greatly appreciated if you can keep the pixel dimensions to something around 800x600.
Any picture(s) exceeding this 50KB limit may be changed to link(s) by an Administrator/Moderator (without warning).

Re: Display Lid Warped / Bent? Here Comes the Ultimate 5 Minute Fix!

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:10 am
by BillMorrow
YES, please edit your post so these images are links..
some forum members use cellphones..
please do it right away..

Re: Display Lid Warped / Bent? Here Comes the Ultimate 5 Minute Fix!

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:59 am
by madicetea
Bakerman wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:41 am
Hey guys,

I was suffering from a bent / warped display lid. I seeked relief on the internet, but all I could find were suggestions to RMA the device, or just "let go".
I wouldn't want to "let go" - and this bent display was annoying me so much, that I started experimenting a bit until I have come up with a solution that just works.

TL;DR:
Put the display lid in the oven, around 2-3 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. After I took it out, it had already straightened itself in the oven. Please note, that if you do so, you do it at your own risk and maybe try it with 1 minute (or less first) ... these things are very fragile! A second too long might ruin the lid.



Before, it looked like this:

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6876/hfJO2Y.jpg

And this:

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6123/nKzSpY.jpg


So, it was time for the oven:

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/2036/lcdGvb.jpg

After just 2-3 minutes, the result was quite impressive:

https://imageshack.com/a/img921/1053/BuudGO.jpg

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/3473/ydIw8e.jpg
This has got to be the silliest life hack I ever heard (and I don't need it right now, thankfully) -- but I'm reasonably amused and glad to see it worked!

Good for you!
BillMorrow wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:10 am
YES, please edit your post so these images are links..
some forum members use cellphones..
please do it right away..
I'm one of the cell phone users with limited data plan - I recently started making enough money to increase from 3GB to 5GB* per months, but I still prefer that images do not auto-load in this forum thanks.

*When I am in Tokyo, my data can be 4G LTE, but outside of Tokyo my data is still 3G so small images really help!

Re: Display Lid Warped / Bent? Here Comes the Ultimate 5 Minute Fix!

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:48 pm
by dr_st
Interesting indeed. Good information here. Although if it's really "a second too long might ruin the lid", I'd be wary of using this on my own devices, at least the important ones...

Re: Display Lid Warped / Bent? Here Comes the Ultimate 5 Minute Fix!

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:29 am
by w0qj
Interesting tip, many thanks!

For those accountants using ThinkPads for their work, please try not to cook your books on your warped lid ThinkPad ;)