So I have Librem 13 v 4. For a while now I noticed that the top left corner of the computer base separates. Today, I finally took off the back and discovered that all 3 screws that hold the monitor lever (whatever it’s called) in have come out along with the nuts that should have held into the frame. I don’t know how to explain it. Anyhow, I wonder if I just superglued in the bolts, whether that might solve the issue, or just live with it. This is rather odd also since the laptop pretty much only sits on my desktop top open. I hardly ever close it.
I think people call it “hinge” and there are several old threads about such problems with Librem 13, you might find advice there:
on my librem 13 ver. 3 I have twice had to repair lost screws that connect the bottom panel to the hinge. The hinge is sturdy, but too sturdy for the small screws. Opening and shutting the notebook causes the screws to loosen and drop out. And the strain causes the screw holes in the case to thin out. A more robust mechanical design should be in the plan. John
I have an old Librem 13v3. The plastic inside the covered part of the hinge is crumbling and the hinge doesn’t work properly. Please note, that the screw sockets holding down the plates that are visible when you remove the back are fine. I cannot show pictures of the damage because the damage is internal to the tube that contains the hinge rod.
Also note that Purism support is trying to help, but they just don’t understand my description of the problem. They think it’s the hinge plates.
Has anyone else had this happen? I couldn’t find anything totally clear on the couple searches I did… only mention of concern on the 15.
I opened mine today to power it down fully and it seemed fine, was this morning, but when I went to close the lid there was a crackle sound. I opened it a bit to look and see if maybe there was something on the keyboard or some such… nope… so I went to close it again and crackle again.
Opened and looked specifically to see what was wrong with the c…
So it looks like something the production/design dept will need to address for future laptops. I just find it really odd that mine broke when I hardly ever move the screen.
I think it has already been addressed in the Librem 14.
Alas I was told by support that they don’t have the necessary body parts to fix it and don’t know when, if ever, they will have the parts…