The following is how I described my approach to a similar problem a few
months ago. I had little to lose because the Series 5 is worth some 40
more than the repair cost. Hope it helps.
Due to a moment of carelessness, whilst using the Psion & GPS to follow a
route through London, I managed to break the "hinge" on my S5. My first
reaction was to send it straight back to Psion but since they wanted 80
for the repair I thought I had little to lose in taking the risk of trying
to repair it myself.
I'm not certain how I managed to break the hinge but it may have been by
closing it whilst holding the base "front to back". Anyway, the symptom was
that the torsion spring that acts as the "hinge" protruded between the
screen and the cover over the battery compartment. This prevented the
lid from closing properly and simply pushing the spring back into position
was not satisfactory because it kept popping out again!
So, after a quick backup I rather timorously removed the cover over the
base and cover over the battery compartment. This revealed that a lug,
which secured the torsion spring to the right hand side of the frame, had
With the prospect of an 80 bill egging me on I drilled a vertical hole of
about 1mm dia into the rear frame of the machine which is 1cm - 2cm thick at
this point. I then relocated the torsion spring and secured it by inserting
a bent panel pin which was an interference fit in the hole. Incidentally,
the hollow pins which secure the spring to the lid can be removed by
inserting a thin*driver into them and pressing sideways whilst pulling
So far, the repair has held up quite well. I trust this may be of help to
those of you who, in similar circumstances are prepared to take the
consequences of possibly further damaging their machine for the
sake of 80.
All the best
> It's happened! I have a problem with the _hinge_ on my _5mx_.
> The right-hand side of the hinge wire has become detached from the
> casing (it's still correctly attached to the screen). It now moves
> forward, allowing right hand side of the screen and keyboard to come
> away from the case.
> How do I open up the 5mx to get at the fixing point and re-attach the