Hey I dont know if you fixed your problem or not, but for others I wanted to respond. I had the same problem with my 600m and the problem could be the actual hinge being broken in half, mine was and not from damage, but just wear and tear from very easy use. The thing would be simple to replace. CAREFULLY pry off the plastic hinge cover from the right then over slowly to the left. ( I just replaced a keyboard in an E1505 Inspiron. ) Anyway..there is a metal hinge behind that. Two screws out, new hinge on, be sure it is straight, screw down the new screws and voila, no more separation. CAREFULLY put the plastic hinge cover back. Probably be able to get those hinges on ebay..
hope it helps
I'm having a problem with the hinge seperating the cover and the lcd screen. I did what you suggested about how to get into it and unscrew the screw. The problem I have now is how do I get the hinge out once the screw is out, and without breaking the screen or cover? Can you please help me?
I haven't called Dell about it yet because our laptop is out of warranty, but our hinge is having the same issue. It seems as though a lot of people are having this problem. I have an IBM T400 Thinkpad for my job and it seems it's of much better quality than our Dell laptop. I'm extremely disappointed in the amount of money we spent on our Dell and it's falling apart. I'll never buy another Dell product.
good luck with this post. I've had multiple posts removed from the moderators without any explaination because I was trying to identify a trend with the bad design of the hinges.
I've recently replaced mine and it was a breeze, now everything works like it was new but shame on Dell.
ps. if a moderator would like to contact me directly, please do so because I would love to express my opinions about this.
I have this same problem, ordered hinges for under $10 online but in my case it wasnt actually the hinges that was the problem. There is a small metal? piece that the top part of the hinge screws into with 2 screws that is in the lid. This piece also has one screw holding it in place from the side and on the back of it are 3 little metal prongs that align with 3 holes in the metal frame in the cover. The prongs on this piece apparently are not very high quality because one of them on the right side of mine is snapped off and gone and one on the left side is half sheered off. I have been trying to find some sort of identification for these pieces to get replacements but so far no luck. Hopefully this lends a little to the conversation.
Those parts are not sold separately. This is what needs to be replaced:
I am having the same issue with that one small part. Do we really have to buy a whole new cover to resolve the issue? Seems ridiculous. I cannot even find what that part is called. I already replaced the hinges to no avail. That was a waste of money, they cost me $22, only to discover they are not the real problem.