A few months ago my laptop lid's hinges gave up and my lid kept falling over. I will show you how I fixed the problem in five minutes by using materials for $1. But first some background info.
At first, I assumed there would be a quick and simple fix to this common laptop problem. My laptop is an Evo N800v. HP has bought Compaq since I purchased the computer so that's where I'm supposed to turn for help. I was kind of startled to hear that HP support wanted $500 for fixing the broken hinges - presumably they intended to replace the entire lid.
Obviously, shelling out $500 for fixing a 6 year old laptop is not the way to go, so I started to look for alternative solutions.
First, I disassembled the laptop numerous times, trying to make the hinges more sturdy (that's spelled S-U-P-E-R-G-L-U-E). Anyway, that didn't help.
Option number two was to do something similar to what user xrobevansx did on instructables.com. Basically he bought a lid support in a hardware store and glued it onto the laptop. That worked excellent for his Dell laptop but my Compaq does not have the required space to attach the lid support to the laptop.
My solution is similar in spirit but uses different materials and needs less assembly.
1. 5 feet Cotton elastic (half an inch wide)
2. A few inches of Velcro
3. Duct tape.
All in the same color as your laptop.
1. Cut the elastic in half, and attach one piece to the upper side of the lid on the right-hand side using duct tape.
2. Attach the second part of the elastic to the bottom of you laptop on the right hand side using duct tape.
3. Measure the length of the elastic that you will need and cut off what's not needed.
4. Attach Velcro to the end of the two elastic bands using for exampler a stapler (or sew them on for a nicer result)
That's it. Now you have laptop that is usable again. The lid angle is adjusted with the Velcro. I know that it might not be the hottest looking laptop in your neighborhood but hey, you only spent a buck.