Tighten 15" Al Powerbook Hinge HELP!!

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  1. obrien234 macrumors regular

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    I've searched everywhere and can not find this fix.

    I have a powerbook and the hinge has slowly loosened itself to the point where the screen wobbles all the time. I imagine this does not bode well for my PB's screen and would love to fix it myself.

    Through week's of searching, I've found that two screws need to be tightened.

    The catch:

    No one tells where the screws are or how to get to them.


    If anyone could either post a link that has instructions or give me some sort of direction that would be amazing.

    Thank you
     
  2. obrien234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    When it comes to ifixit.com, I could only find instructions on how to replace the display. All I want to do is tighten the two screws on the hinge. The rest of my computer works like a charm.
     
  3. Mpulsive81 macrumors 6502

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    What about this website... http://www.radtech.us/Products/Glides.aspx
     
  4. obrien234 thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. Mpulsive81 macrumors 6502

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    Product Description: Machine specific maintenance, adjustment and tool kits specifically configured for Apple notebooks.
    Each Glide Kit contains comprehensive instructions and all necessary tools for performing routine maintenance and adjustments - display hinge tensioning, lubrication, memory and component installation and service access.

    A bit of reading, but it's telling you exactly which tools to use and where to use them. Ractech's a rather well known website, though. Experiment a bit...between those two resources, i'm sure you're bound to figure it out on your own.
     
  6. mahonmeister macrumors 6502

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    I had the same problem. I could grab the top of the screen and pull forward about an inch without any resistance from the hinges. An Apple genius told me that my hinges were damaged and the best they could do was to increase the resistance in the hinges, or have me pay $400 to replace 'em because it wasn't covered by AppleCare.

    If it is true that you can tighten two screws to fix the wobble (as opposed to simply increasing the resistance in the hinges, which does not fix the wobble, only minimizes it), then the Apple genius misinformed me. But I'm willing to bet that those two screws you are talking about only increase the resistance in the hinges.

    Eventually, I started having problems with my screen partially going black or fading white and this was covered by AppleCare. I think it was caused by the damaged hinges (which were only damaged from normal use) because they replaced my screen and the hinges.

    So if you have AppleCare, give them a call and see what they have to say.
     

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