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Is it normal for a laptop lid to be held on with just 6 screws and some flimsy plastic?

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So just over 2 1/2 years ago, I bought an Aorus X7 V7 for £2000. I bought this for when I was going to friends houses for a few days.

 

Due to personal matters, I was unable to really use the laptop as I needed to stay at home to look after a sick parent. As I have my own desktop PC, it has had very little use over the years.

 

Recently however, I had started using it for odd jobs and noticed that the lid was becoming harder and harder to open/close. I could see the chassis warp and bezels bend when opening the lid (I've probably only opened/shut it about 100 times at best by this point.

 

Contacting Aorus/Gigabyte, its out of warranty and they just don't want to know. They referred me to their 3rd party company who want £350 for parts and labour.

 

In spite of this, I've decided to have a look at it myself, only to find the 2 hinges are held on with 3 screws each to some extremely flimsy plastic (the bracket it attached to fell apart as I removed the screws)

 

Is this normal for Aorus? Is there anyway I can get a replacement lid that is made of a stronger substance before I try salvaging parts and toss the rest in the bin?

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every tried lubricating it? wd40 or some grease.

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9 minutes ago, Pyrohybrid said:

Backstory
So just over 2 1/2 years ago, I bought an Aorus X7 V7 for £2000. I bought this for when I was going to friends houses for a few days.

 

Due to personal matters, I was unable to really use the laptop as I needed to stay at home to look after a sick parent. As I have my own desktop PC, it has had very little use over the years.

 

Recently however, I had started using it for odd jobs and noticed that the lid was becoming harder and harder to open/close. I could see the chassis warp and bezels bend when opening the lid (I've probably only opened/shut it about 100 times at best by this point.

 

Contacting Aorus/Gigabyte, its out of warranty and they just don't want to know. They referred me to their 3rd party company who want £350 for parts and labour.

 

In spite of this, I've decided to have a look at it myself, only to find the 2 hinges are held on with 3 screws each to some extremely flimsy plastic (the bracket it attached to fell apart as I removed the screws)

 

Is this normal for Aorus? Is there anyway I can get a replacement lid that is made of a stronger substance before I try salvaging parts and toss the rest in the bin?

Pretty normal. Especially back then. Those laptops barely had metal in them. You could lubricate it a bit and see if that helps. I mean worst case you sell it and get a cheap actually portable laptop as these aorus ones are pretty darn wanted and still fetch a good price for their age and how massively the laptop market moved forward in a couple years.

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Its not a problem I knew I had. Until it split the chassis, I'd assumed it was warped plastics. Turned out I was just seeing the glue that sticks the bezel down. No part of the lid is made of metal. Its just a plastic shell.

 

Before I could sell it on, I'd need to replace the lid first.

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This is the quality of the hinge mount on the lid

 

3 screws in to a thin, flimsy piece of plastic with super tiny screws.

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