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Monday, August 30, 2010

Tightening the LCD screws on a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop

Dell Inspiron E1505 LCD hinges

I received a "tech support call" today asking me to tighten the screws on the LCD of a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop in our house. The lid was so loose that when you opened it and tried to keep it in one position, it would fall a couple of inches one way or the other until the hinges caught it. This really should be something easy to do, but I ended up using Google's first suggestion (the video immediately below), which turned out to be a mistake.

Bad advice:

This video (which I do not recommend using) takes you through a series of steps including removing the modem cover, unplugging the modem, pulling the modem cable through the laptop's housing, removing the battery, the keyboard, the hard drive, and so on. After I had my laptop in five pieces, I started looking around for the candid camera crew. Turns out they weren’t on the case, but it would have been good footage if they were. Needless to say, I bailed on this attempt, reassembled my laptop, and looked for better instructions.

Good Advice:

It’s probably easier to skip the videos and just use these instructions from “ahwee”. If you’re a person who works better from a video, this 4-minute video is a good reference on how to tighten the LCD on your Dell Inspiron E1505 as well.

The whole process should take approximately 10 minutes and you should only have to remove 6 screws around the face of the LCD before exposing the 4 screws (2 on each hinge, as shown in the picture above) that need to be tightened. Once that's done, the screen should stay firmly in place where you position it. If at any point you find yourself with the innards of your laptop extracted and exposed, start over from step one. :-)

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