I guess every Lenovo Thinkpad (damn you, Lenovo! 😉 ) owner knows this: you have the perfect notebook, it’s awesome, its design and sturdiness is just… SWEET! But for some reason, Lenovo wasn’t able to deliver the used quality of IBM when it comes to hinges. They are worn out within months, a shame when i look at the old IBM TP my dad used 10years ago… its hinges are still as good as new. So after some usage, the lid will become loose, as you can see in many videos on the web. Now for some ThinkPads (and other notebooks, as well!) there is a rather easy fix, involving two screws to be tighten.
This wasn’t the case for my R60. Instead, it uses a somewhat weird construction that looks like this:
The problem of this design simply is the fact that the bolt, which connects the lid with the body, is NOT fixed in any sort of way. It’s simply stuck in there with some sort of liquid that provides a better grip:
(Just a small screw right there in the center could have done the job…)
Over the time, the material will be worn out so the bolt becomes loose which causes the whiggling.
So now it’s the question: how do we make the „nut“ for the bolt sit more tightly?
You can use several methods, such as grip-increasing liquids (ScrewGrab?) or glue/sticky substances.
One could even tighten that nut with a hammer or drill a hole into the end of the bolt and drive a screw into it.
However, I found this to be the easiest way: pull the bolt out of the socket, stick some pieces of thin, yet robust wire (read the comments, copper is a soft metal, steel should be better!) through the hole and stick the bolt back in, using a hammer or so.
You should end up with something like this:
An other material that could work even better is teflon-wire or a similar material that is more resistive than copperthread 😉
Okay, this sounds too easy, right? Here is the problem: the hinges are not easy to access. You have to disassemble the whole front, including the keyboard, in order to get to the screws of the hinge-sockets and in order to pull out the cables of the antennas that go right through the hinges into the lid and so on… But friendly enough, Lenovo/IBM helps you with disassembling =) There are so called Hardware Maintenance Manuals for every thinkpad that include a complete list of partnumbers and a (dis)assembling guide. Just search for your ThinkPad here: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/homeLenovo.do?country=us.
However, after reassembling, everything still works + the lid is back to normal, tight and stable =)