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It took one evening but I fixed my HP laptop hinges with baking soda and superglue. Also relaxed the hinges a little so now it actually opens with one hand (and hopefully doesn't break again very soon).
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It took one evening but I fixed my HP laptop hinges with baking soda and superglue. Also relaxed the hinges a little so now it actually opens with one hand (and hopefully doesn't break again very soon). There is also spare display lid on Aliexpress costing about $35, since everything else seems okay maybe I will buy it if anything else breaks. Some photos of the problem and fixing process follow below.

The problem:


These tiny screws and nuts surrounded with thin plastic are supposed to withstand the force required to open/close 15.6" display lid. It doesn't seem much but if you try to turn hinge with your fingers it is easily 5-6 kilo of effort. I barely could turn it using my pinky finger. Huge display creates a lot of leverage.

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Planned obsolescence is real - my inexpensive HP laptop lasted for about 4 months of very mild home use before one of display hinges broke. No drops or other external damage, just opening and closing the lid a few times per day.

I searched on the Internet and stumbled upon official "advisory" from HP which instructs users how to open your
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Planned obsolescence is real - my inexpensive HP laptop lasted for about 4 months of very mild home use before one of display hinges broke. No drops or other external damage, just opening and closing the lid a few times per day.

I searched on the Internet and stumbled upon official "advisory" from HP which instructs users how to open your laptop in six easy steps and implies that hinge failure means users not complying with this recommendation and thus "is considered customer induced damage, and is not covered under the warranty." Of course this isn't in the user manual.

I looked at the damaged hinge and plastic it attaches to and I am pretty sure it is designed to fail. It is just flimsy and tiny screws holding it are absolutely not looking adequate to withstand regularly applied effort required to turn the hinges. Hinges themselves seem overtightened and their arms are bent. I am pretty sure I opened the laptop "correctly" most of the time and even with ideal use th... show more
 
Things become more complicated over time. Complicity drives #plannedobsolescence and sales/support.
 
15 years ago I ran Firefox on my laptop with 32MB of RAM (for everything! OS too!). Now a single 'app' chokes on this amount of RAM; just a lousy 'app' with a few worthless buttons and ugly GUI. It's the #programming that's at fault. #plannedobsolescence
 
You don't need an 'app' to connect standard headphones to your computer (so much for "progress" rather than silly #apple gimmicks) https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/28/18200945/airbuddy-mac-app-connecting-airpods-bluetooth #plannedobsolescence
 
Foldable 'phones' are not new. They just make a comeback. Like a fashion. Large, small, large again, folds again, clamshells, back to flat. And so goes #consumerism treadmill. #PlannedObsolescence #fashion
 
Ended up just buying a gaming mouse because they no longer make the mice that actually work well, just gimmicks. Same for keyboard and screens; getting worse over time. Less favourable to actual users. #PlannedObsolescence and #surveillanceCapitalism
 
Who decided that we need batteries inside headphones, mice and keyboards anyway? The tech 'fashion' gurus? The "Big Battery" industry? Is a little wire that much of a nuisance? #FakeNovelty #AppealToNovelty #PlannedObsolescence
 
Translation: it's stupid to buy 'smart' things; all those which I come across are expensive to maintain and last only a couple of years; no repair possible, hence thrown away. #PlannedObsolescence
 
#google is all about money, #plannedObsolescence https://fossbytes.com/google-to-end-32-bit-app-support-in-2021-shifts-focus-to-64-bits-apps/ proprietary agenda of #greed rather than #freesw w/ #sustainability
Google To End 32-Bit App Support In 2021; Shifts Focus To 64-Bits Apps
 
Yuppie gimmick: sparing the 2 seconds it takes to plug in a wire (to universal port) that is cheaper to make, repair, replace. #plannedObsolescence
 
My laptop is 10, my PDA is 15, some of my clothes I've had since my teenage years. If it's working, why replace it? Newer is not always better. It's also worse for the planet when you buy #plannedObsolescence wares...
 
War on ubiquitous standards for the sake of gimmicks and #plannedObsolescence
 
"If you have old VHS tapes or audio cassettes lying around, the hardware to play these analog formats is becoming more difficult to find" http://www.linux-magazine.com/Issues/2019/219/File-Conversion #plannedObsolescence
 
On Planned Cellphone Obsolescence
http://mandrivachronicles.blogspot.com/2018/12/on-planned-cellphone-obsolescence.html #PlannedObsolescence another reason to not buy these...
 

Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs


Newer #Macs now require a #proprietary diagnostic tool be run after replacing the logic board or Touch ID sensor

#Apple #Mac #PlannedObsolescence #Obsolescence
 
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