Replacing the hinges on my Lenovo IdeaPad Y530

Jacob Allred

There I was, minding my own business, doing something uber productive (like stumbling or something), when suddenly the screen on my laptop went smack! against my legs. In other words, the screen decided it was tired of being told where to be and it was going to just flop around wherever gravity would take it.

Needless to say, it isn’t easy to use a laptop screen if it doesn’t stay up on its own. So I ran to my good friend eBay and found some replacement hinges for $7.40 shipped.

Next, I found this awesome post on replacing the hinges on a Y530 (or Y510). An hour or so later, I have brand new hinges in my laptop and am happily aimlessly browsing the internet. Seriously though it took a lot of effort. Not the easiest laptop repair I’ve ever done. It didn’t help that my replacement hinges were bent (insufficient packaging).

Anyways, I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I manage to beat planned obsolescence. I’ve had this laptop a couple of years, and I could easily have just bought a new one, but for $7.40 and a little effort I’ve saved my laptop from the landfill and my bank account from a hefty transaction.