Remember the broken laptop? I fixed it today. All thanks to Tyron Barrett who suggested I try Service Source. Repair it myself wasn't something that had crossed my mind until then. I'd thought about sending it away, but knew that would pricey and take a while.
Yesterday afternoon I called Service Source and told them my hinges had broken. They told me what I needed (ASSY, CVR, LCD, BK, 14000 (INC. HINGES), which I should have known) and it arrived this morning. It only took my 20 minutes to fix and cost £41. Not only is the hinge fixed, but the cover stays shut now, which it didn't use to. It's like a new machine.
That is, it looks new if you ignore the scratches and scrapes I added to it this morning. Google couldn't find me any information about removing lids of Inspiron 4100 so I had to work it out myself. What I didn't realise is that each of the four sticky feet on each corner of the screen hides a screw (as you can see in the picture). This is where you should start, not by trying to prize the top layer off with a screwdriver, like I did. Once you got this lower part off it's fairly obvious how to remove the rest.
This leaves me in a funny situation. I no longer have the excuse to buy myself that T42 ThinkPad, but I do have the desire to buy one. Looks like I'll have to wait for another excuse. Probably the next piece of work I get that involves being on site. Anybody need a consultant for a few days?