Thanks for sharing this story.. Cuz my sister's HP laptop is also to be fixed.. one of it's screen hinge is broken since last year.. The only reason i am not taking it to any shop here in Pakistan is because i believe they would steal parts from it.. where can i find a real honest laptop fixer???
there is a guy in the basement backside of co-operative market, you will have to ask the shopkeepers, he is quite well known he fixes the the laptop hinges, also there are alot of HP authorised dealers you could visit them or go to some laptop junkyard and get it.
My advice is get it done from an official hp shop.