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Old 10-17-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Glue crack in laptop case

My laptop has a crack in the top of the case. It runs from where the left hinge is over the the edge of the computer. Because of opening and closing the lid, there is pulling at that point. IOW, I can see the crack get wider and narrower as I tilt the computer screen back and forth. I tried gluing with Super Glue but all but a small spot has already given way after only a few days.

Anyone know what will actually work? The strain on this location is that the crack will be pulled apart and pushed together as the screen moves.

   
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:26 AM   #2
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Hm, I'm not sure it's something you'd be able to fix anyway, but I don't think any fix will hold as long as there's pulling. Does the hinge need to be freed up some? It sounds like there's quite a bit of resistance there. Not that I know much of anything about these things ... sorry!

   
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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Could you superglue a tape strap across to take the strain?
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:42 AM   #4
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You might ask in CompuServe's Laptop Computing but giving the exact make and model of the laptop since there some really knowledgeable tech support people there especially on Toshiba.

There are so many different materials used in laptop cases and the skin laminated to them -- could be metal, FRP ...... with PVC as a skin ....

If you let me know the make and model I can have a look for replacement part sources.

   
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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My best guess is that you're going to have to replace the laptop lid. Some laptop makers just make crappy cases that break at the hinge--Sony Vaio's are notorious for that. Be careful with any glue you use as you could muck up the back of the laptop screen--given the torque when opening the lid, glue is not going to do the trick. If I'm remembering correctly, one of my sister's clients paid a local computer shop ummm...$90-$120-ish (somewhere there 'bouts) to replace the lid on a Sony Vaio laptop.

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The crack is not in the lid. And unfortunately, I'm not able to take a photo right now. But see attached photo of a similar computer. I drew a red line where the crack is. Except the real crack doesn't have jaggies.
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Good idea. I'll post over there with the info you suggested.

   
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andrew: The crack is not in the lid.
Ahhh...thanks for the pic...it helped...'-}}

Keyboard replacement then--it could be that you might be able to replace the keyboard surround but my guess is that it's all one piece. I think if you don't do the replacement, the crack will begin to extend into the hinge--I still think the torque of opening the cover will preclude any sort of glue but...I wonder if you ran some sort of strap if that might do the trick...probably not?

Is it a Vaio laptop? If so, you are doomed replace the problematic part...

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Old 10-18-2013, 07:21 AM   #9
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I see you have an answer in G&G ..... It would probably be your best solution but it would help to give the make and model !!!

With that I've often Googled and found detailed illustrated instructions on how to strip down since on some laptops you have to remove the keyboard to get at some components -- on mine to get at the RAM !

   
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