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[X230] Break in keyboard bezel near VGA port

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[X230] Break in keyboard bezel near VGA port

#1 Post by samveen » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:14 am

I have 2 X230s (my daily driver, which is a year old, and a 2nd one I got off EBAY pretty cheap, but with breaks in the body and lid), and both suffer from a weird issue in the keyboard bezel near the VGA port, right next to the FN key. The top view of the break is as below:
My Daily driver:
Image
The 2nd one:
Image

Searching on the web, I found an extra-large x230 image which seems to show a similar break (The image is large but not so great), and that page is a review of the x230!!

The break seems to be due to a bit of flex in the frame at the plamrest side of the VGA port's upper support bracket in the chassis (the one with the monitor symbol printed on it), which seems to be an insert into the metal chassis.

I have (cyanoacrylate) glued this up once, but the joint broke again!.

My questions are:
- whether anyone else has face the same issue?
- Is there any permanent fix for this?

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Re: [X230] Break in keyboard bezel near VGA port

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:42 am

The damage looks like the one on my X220. :(

Tried cyanoacrylate, and it broke too. Might try cyanoacrylate + baking soda when I find the time.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

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Re: [X230] Break in keyboard bezel near VGA port

#3 Post by vulpes » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:38 am

Same issue on my X230. And I don't even remember it breaking, one morning it was just there.

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Re: [X230] Break in keyboard bezel near VGA port

#4 Post by samveen » Tue May 19, 2020 1:47 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:42 am
The damage looks like the one on my X220. :(

Tried cyanoacrylate, and it broke too. Might try cyanoacrylate + baking soda when I find the time.
After examining this in detail, I figured that this is a structural/design defect. The plastic of the frame does NOT sit flush on top of the VGA port's edge supports, while the frame on top of the E-display port is flush. Any pressure on the bezel at the VGA port, like carrying the laptop one-handed with the left hand (which is almost every time you need to walk with the laptop), causes enough stress to initiate the break :facepalm:.

The fix would be to add some kind of material support to the gaps around the display port as below:
Image

I'm thinking maybe a couple of strips from my credit card might just be the perfect fix, but then I'm no expert :D

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