As you can see, the metal simply failed and snapped. I've never dropped the laptop and usually carry it in a semi-padded sleeve in my backback, usually without textbooks.
Now, I've found 3 different FRUs for the hinge part:
I'm aware that the first two are the same part from two different manufacturers. So which one is better? And is the last FRU a new one for an updated hinge design (Lenovo support could not find it, but I've seen it mentioned online and available from 3rd party vendors)?
Also, does anyone know of a good source to buy parts from? Right now I'm looking at acsparts.com or thinkpadmedic.
How come the broken part that's normally hidden in the lid case is visible?
I don't have any personal experience with broken hingies (knocks wood) but I found this thread:
It says that Reel ones are better.
No idea on suppliers.
PS. You may want to change the pic into a link or resize it to 50KB or less and add a warning in the subject, read the TOS (point 5).
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Would that be "Reell"? As in Reell Precision Manufacturing? That's who I believe made the hinges in the X2x systems which tend to loosen a bit with age (small understatement, in my experience ).jch3n wrote:<snip>
X22 X24 X31 X41 X41T X60 X60s X61 X61s X200 X200s X300 X301 Z60m Z61t Z61p 560 560Z 600 600E 600X T21 T22 T23 T41 T60p T410 T420 T520 W500 W520 R50 A21p A22p A31 A31p
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