FIRST the Skype issue:
See this thread:
- 1. You need Time Machine
- 2. Go to folder /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/
- 3. Copy AppleCamera.plugin to good place (usb memory stick is the best place).
- 4. Go to Time machine in date that skype work fine.
- 5. Change AppleCamera.plugin with file from Time Machine
- 6. Restart system, Now skype need to work with camera.
SECOND THE HINGE:
When the screen is tilted to eye level it simply falls back to its furthest possible position
What you said doesnt describe anything....."eye level" can mean anything.........what do you imply by "furthest possible position"
describe screen to base in rough degrees........ this L would be of course 90 degrees.......... THIS < would be about 40degrees
As per Apple:
Learn what you can do if you experience one or more of these issues with the hinges on your MacBook Air.
- Unable to close lid completely.
- Broken or cracked plastic near one or both of the hinges.
- More than one inch (2.54cm) of free play while opening or closing the lid.
- Lid falls freely into closed position from a 30-degree open position. (From a closed position, open the lid approximately 30 degrees and let go.)
END from Apple.com
Due to the thin nature of the LCD backlit LED monitor on the Air, you would NOT WANT a very tight hinge.
Why? Excessive hinge resistance would cause the screen to BOW (and possibly crack), especially on a longer fulcrum from the hinge in the case of the 13" screen...... Ergo it is designed logically to be “looser than” a traditional macbook Pro's hinges for a very good reason.
Friction Hinge: A device with torque between two parts on a common axis.
A friction hinge is also commonly known as a:
Constant Torque Hinge, Position Hinge, Clutch, Torque Hinge, or Detent Hinge.
Common Applications include:
Laptop computers; lids, doors and enclosures; positioning device for controls, monitors, arms, seat rests