In this guide I explain how to fix damaged display hinge in a Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop.
This guide also works for Inspiron 9400.
Today one of my customers brought me a Dell Inspiron E1705 with the display completely separated from the base on the left side.
At first I though the hinge was broken, the display cover damaged and needs an expensive repair but later I found the damage wasn’t that bad.
Here’s how I fixed it.
Before you start, make sure the computer is turned off and the battery removed.
First of all, I removed the display bezel.
You’ll find step-by-step bezel removal instructions in this disassembly guide.
After the bezel was removed, I was able to take a closer look at the damage and… i didn’t find any!
The hinge wasn’t broken and the display cover was in a good shape too.
Apparently, the screws got loose and fell off. Because of that the hinge separated from the cover.
I was able to rotate the hinge into normal position with a small screwdriver.
I decided to remove the power button cover to tighten hinge screws on the laptop frame.
I explained how to remove the power button cover in another post.
As I expected, both screws were loose.
After that I connected the display panel back to the hinge and secured it with one screw (M2.5×5 mm).
I examined the video cable very closely and didn’t find any damage.
Make sure the video cable is routed correctly, as it shown on the picture below.
At the next step I attached the screen bezel back to the display.
Finally, I covered all display screws with rubber cups and installed the power button cover.