Kikuyumoja, a blogger, recounts an ingenious means by which he fixed his Dell laptop hinge with a bit of sheet metal from a cookie tin:
The next piece of (ma)bati I sighted in the kitchen was an old cookie box – for some ppl that's just rubbish but for me it equals a source of clean, thin sheet metal that I could use for the repair.
I cut out the desired size, double-layered it (to improve stability)….
…and used flat pliers to mold it around the remaining parts of the hinge.
After some small adjustments, the "new" hinge just fit in perfectly well: