Fixing an HP G60 with Broken Hinge and Start up Problem (In Vancouver)
I picked up this HP G60-428CA on 8Mar2012 which was listed below:
I have an older Hp laptop (has a broken screen) Is great for someone who builds computers for parts.. or who wants to fix it or whatever.Is approximately 2 years old.
I met the seller in her apartment. She showed me the broken part near to the left hinge. Using her universal AC adapter, this laptop showed the HP logo that sometime appeared and sometime not.
When I had time the other day, I took the screen assembly apart and found that the left hinge was broken, the wireless wire was cut and the plastic screw holders at the LCD back cover were broken too. For the laptop fan inside, it was clogged with dust.
I had a G60 body left by the person who sold me a dv6000 motherboard earlier. When he cleared his laptop parts before leaving Vancouver, he contacted me to give those parts to me. The left hinge, wireless wire and screen back cover have usage. I only had to order the AC adapter. However, the screen back cover had crocodile skin on it that I needed to remove. Even there are scratches on the back cover, I personal likely it without the crocodile skin. To strengthen the screen assembly, I added two screws holding the hinges at the top through the lid bezel (see photo)
When I had the AC adapter, I started up the G60 and used flash light to shine on the LCD screen. It had very dim image on it. I replaced the inverter board and the video is back. I checked the screen. Its surface has two chips which should be hit by some hard object before.
The Wndows Vista product key on the bottom cover is not legible. I needed to ran "Winkey finder" to retrieve the product key first before wiping out the hard drive. I tried to ran the dv9000 recovery disks on this G60. It was rejected. I loaded the HP Windows Vista Home Premium to the hard drive first using the dv9000 and then put into the G60. When the HP Windows Vista was started up on the G60, I loaded the Wireless driver according to the wireless card inside the G60 and got connected to Internet. Thereafter, I ran the Windows Updates and HP Updated.
I used the WiFi connection to run YouTube video. Both sound and video are good. I checked the Webcam as well. After testing for half an hours, the fully charged battery dropped to 55%. The battery is still holding charge.
With all the fixing and testing, this G60 is ready to serve again. It was picked up on 5May2012.