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T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-18, 18:23 PM

Hello Lenovo Forum Support Team!

 

The left side silver support post for the viewing screen on my T42 is cracked and separated at the base where it connects to the computer.  Can I replace this part?  I looked in the user guide, field replaceable units, but could not find anything.  Would appreciate any help.  This laptop is old but I still really like to use it.

 

Thanks!

 

Jim

 

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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-18, 19:48 PM
can you link a pic or post it if you can, is it the black plastic or the hinge? you can find videos here http://www.lenovoservicetraining.com/ion/



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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-19, 1:32 AM

You need a new hinge, these can be obtained fairly cheap on eBay.

 

Make sure to get the correct one for your screen size - they are different between 14" and 15" models.

 

You'll have to remove the screen assemblu from the base, remove the screen bezel and then replace the hinge. Not really that difficult.

 

Good luck.

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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-19, 21:30 PM

Thanks GMAC.  See if this link works to get a picture.  It's the silver hinge on left side.

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/114445888598345373586/ComputerHinge#

 

 

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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-19, 21:59 PM

is this where its crackedt42.PNG you can find these on ebay as geogre said make sure you get the right size 15" or 14" the link above will show you how to fix it

here is a 14" http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-ThinkPad-T41-T41p-14-1-Set-LCD-Hinges-Rails-Wifi-Antenna-/380390761851?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58910e657b

 

 

here is 15" http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-ThinkPad-T42-15-LCD-Hinge-Set-L-R-Hinges-13R2325-/160675712456?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item256904cdc8




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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-24, 1:43 AM

Thanks George.  It looks like I need to first remove the palm rest, keyboard, bezel, and then the LCD, then the screen bezel.  Can you please confirm this for me?  Also, I looked at the video link provided by GMAC; very helpful; but I could not find video specifically for the T42.  Is T60 the same?

 

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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-24, 1:49 AM

Remove:

 

battery, hard drive, media drive.

 

keyboard and palmrest, keyboaard bezel.

 

Unhook the wireless card.

 

Unscrew the lid.

 

Remove the LCD bezel.

 

Swap the hinge.

 

Reverse.

 

And yes, it is the same for T60 as it would be for T42.

 

Good luck.

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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-26, 17:54 PM

I managed to get to the final two screws securing the left hinge rail to the LCD screen.  Unfortunately, I may have stripped the screw heads attempting to remove them....they are very small.  I hate to quit now since I am so close to removing the broken part.  Any suggestions? 

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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-27, 17:00 PM

The Good news!  I managed to remove the two screws securing the hinge rail to the left side of the LCD.  My wife's suggestion of applying a dab of WD40 on a cotton swab to each screw seemed to help.

 

The Not As Good News:  Now that I can compare the defective hinge with the replacement, I can see slight differences in the rails.  Here's a link to a picture of both.

 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos?tab=Xq#photos/114445888598345373586/albums/5690852093001109617

 

The new hinge rail is on top.

 

These seem like minor differences, but let me know if you see anything critically different.

 

Thanks!

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Re: T42 left side silver support post for screen cracked and separated

2011-12-27, 20:43 PM

There are 2 antenna cables, one is gray and the other is black.

 

Which is the main and which is the aux?

 

Thanks!

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