So, anyone have any theories. Have theses failures been a result of under use, or are the hinges getting alot of excercise? Have people been playing with the tension of the hinge? Are these computers used in very moist or dry climates? Did anyone see any cracks developing?
What I am hearing is that you get a warning, the hinge gets very tight all of a sudden, is that right? Can we reduce the tension or lubricate the hinge?
I would just as soon not have this happen, if I can prevent it.
My previous laptop went through 3 sets of hinges, fortunately I had the home repair warrantee. The repairman showed me how to fix it and he gave me a few sets of hinges that Dell had sent by mistake. I replaced them by myself twice.
It was one of those strip down fixes, where just about every damn screw has to come out.
Since I have already done this with my 8890 once, I know it can be done, it's just time consuming. I changed the fan unit, last year. That ended up not being the fix, I got a new mobo when I sent it in to Sager. The new mobo was not that expensive.
If you aren't comfortable stripping your 8890, send it in to Sager, it may not be as expensive as you think. Especially if everything is still working.
If anyone gets their hands on some hinge mounts and hinges let us know how much they are and where you got them. They might be a nice thing to have sitting around, just in case.