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Any recent ASUS laptop users out there?

  1. Feb 23, 2012 #1

    turbo

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    A little help please... how do you open the lid without breaking anything? This thing seems jammed shut.
     
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  3. Feb 23, 2012 #2

    jedishrfu

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    There must be a slide latch on the front. The model number would help.

    if its a magnetic latch then maybe a magnet would help. Beware of strong magnets near your machine though.

    Lastly, if you look at it edge on do you see any latch pins between the cover and the keyboard. You might be able to use a thin screwdriver to move it and open the cover.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2012 #3

    turbo

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    The model is A53E.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2012 #4

    turbo

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    ASUS customer assistance is not assistance in the real sense of the word.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2012 #5

    turbo

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    Thanks, all. got that sucker open.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2012 #6

    jedishrfu

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    you might try the magnet running it across either edge to see if its attracted to an inside magnet and maybe it will dislodge it enough to open.

    You could also try different orientations like holding it upside down or on its side to see if the relieves the latch pressure. Apple laptops used to use magnetic latches that would get stuck. Some solutions were suggested here:

    https://getsatisfaction.com/apple/topics/how_do_i_fix_the_latch_on_my_macbook_pro

    beyond that I have no idea. I couldn't see from the online pictures of your model how the mag latch worked. Good luck.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2012 #7

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    Thanks again. I don't think it was a magnetic latch - just really tight hinges, and I didn't want to pry hard enough to crack the screen.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2012 #8

    turbo

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    BTW, maybe I just got lucky, but the customer-service rep that I got could actually speak understandable English. I haven't had that good fortune with Dell reps.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2012 #9

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    After opening and closing the lid a few times, things seem OK. Just too new, too tight, I guess. I hate risking damage to new gear by using brute force.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2012 #10

    jedishrfu

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    maybe you need to oil it or use wd40.
     
  12. Feb 23, 2012 #11

    turbo

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    It seems OK now, after opening and closing it a few times. I just didn't want to exert too much force and crack the screen. It's surprising how tight plastic hinges can be.
     
  13. Feb 23, 2012 #12
    Yeah it just needs to be "broken in" :)
     
  14. Feb 23, 2012 #13

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    I just didn't want to "break" anything in the process. That sucker was tight, and I didn't want to pull hard enough to crack that screen.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2012 #14

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    It's OK now.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2012 #15

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    My wife calls it "her" computer, but she demanded that I buy it when the yearly bonuses were announced, so I could still have a PC when the power goes out here (often).
     
  17. Feb 23, 2012 #16

    Borek

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    It is always tight the first time.

    These days it goes smoothly.

    Model UL80VT.
     
  18. Feb 24, 2012 #17

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    Turbo,

    My ASUS Laptop is two years old, and the top with the screen still opens stiff, I am kind of glad it does. It has been reliable as a rock, nothing spilled on the keyboard, etc... One thing you may want to do is go into config.sys from the run menu and turn off a bunch of preinstalled ASUS crap they send with it, I only have about five startup programs in the list, same for servies as well, that can get tricky because of one or more services can depend on others and no hierarchy tree exists to tell you what is what. I have that trimmed to the low 40 count as well, once that is done it should boot and run in 30 - 40 seconds. Good luck.

    Rhody...
     
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