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Mac32
Dec 22, 2010, 09:52 AM
Hi folks,

I saw ifixit.com sold this item, but now its out-of-stock indefinately.. I would really like to buy a MacBook Air 5-Point Screwdriver (for the bottom plate on my MacBook Air 11.6') as soon as possible, but can't find one on the net. I anyone know of a webstore that sells this screwdriver, a link would be very much appreciated. :)

Thanks! :)



Roessnakhan
Dec 22, 2010, 12:52 PM
Radio Shack sells a good general electronic screwdriver kit - has hex, torx, phillips, etc. for about $10.

Thiol
Dec 22, 2010, 01:12 PM
Nevermind.

Mac32
Dec 22, 2010, 02:19 PM
Thanks, but do you have a link? I don't know which set to get... Thanks again. :)

Roessnakhan
Dec 22, 2010, 02:41 PM
This (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3932539) is the set I have, but I apologise, it doesn't have the 5-point bit.

HLdan
Dec 22, 2010, 03:01 PM
Found this link from another thread. iFixit sells the driver. They are currently out of stock however. Just keep checking back. http://www.ifixit.com/Tools/MacBook-Air-5-Point-Screwdriver/IF145-090

Mac32
Dec 22, 2010, 05:22 PM
Thanks, but I already saw that link. Is there another store that sells this screwdriver? It seems to be rather difficult to get hold of this 5-point MBA screwdriver... :confused:

kappax12
Dec 22, 2010, 05:39 PM
Thanks, but I already saw that link. Is there another store that sells this screwdriver? It seems to be rather difficult to get hold of this 5-point MBA screwdriver... :confused:

I saw 1 on eBay, they wanted $20

HLdan
Dec 22, 2010, 06:12 PM
Thanks, but I already saw that link. Is there another store that sells this screwdriver? It seems to be rather difficult to get hold of this 5-point MBA screwdriver... :confused:

I been searching for a while as well. The reason it's difficult to find because unlike the MBP's, the Air uses security screws. Apple doesn't want you to get inside the computer. My guess is because there's really nothing official that you can upgrade in it. That 3rd party SSD doesn't count as it's not fully tested and approved.

Thiol
Dec 24, 2010, 02:54 AM
Hi folks,

I saw ifixit.com sold this item, but now its out-of-stock indefinately.. I would really like to buy a MacBook Air 5-Point Screwdriver (for the bottom plate on my MacBook Air 11.6') as soon as possible, but can't find one on the net. I anyone know of a webstore that sells this screwdriver, a link would be very much appreciated. :)

Thanks! :)

It's now back in stock at ifixit!

teski
Dec 24, 2010, 03:32 AM
It's now back in stock at ifixit!

Yup. I ordered one tonight. Here's the link - http://www.ifixit.com/Tools/MacBook-Air-5-Point-Pentalobe-Screwdriver/IF145-090

Mac32
Dec 24, 2010, 03:42 AM
Yes! :) Just ordered one myself. Thanks.

kappax12
Dec 24, 2010, 05:10 AM
Here's a coupon code to get $5 off: 21010FIXIT

ohwell
Dec 25, 2010, 12:18 AM
@Mac32 - If you don't mind sharing, I'm curious as to why you are needing to open up the laptop.

@Kappax12 - Thanks for the coupon code...not that I have a reason yet to get one.

barmann
Dec 25, 2010, 06:06 AM
Does anyone know what size this screwdriver is ?
There are some available on Amazon, but hard to tell what fits the MBA .

Thanks !

MikePA
Dec 25, 2010, 06:22 AM
Click Here (http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook-Air-11-Inch-Model-A1370-Teardown/3745/1).

Procedure
1. Click on MBA Forum
2. Search forum for Torx
3. Click on third entry.

kfscoll
Dec 28, 2010, 02:29 PM
I just received my "MacBook Air 5-point Pentalobe Screwdriver" from iFixit.com and tried it out on my late '10 MacBook Air. It seems like there's an awful lot of slop in the fitment between the driver and the screw head...so much so that it seems like the driver would easily round out the screws. In other words, the driver seems too small for the screws. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Maybe there's a different driver that would fit better?

Narkotiq
Dec 28, 2010, 03:10 PM
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I just received my "MacBook Air 5-point Pentalobe Screwdriver" from iFixit.com and tried it out on my late '10 MacBook Air. It seems like there's an awful lot of slop in the fitment between the driver and the screw head...so much so that it seems like the driver would easily round out the screws. In other words, the driver seems too small for the screws. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Maybe there's a different driver that would fit better?

How did it go? Did u manage to remove the screws ok? I've been using torx screwdrivers for a few years now for various applications and the whole reason for their use in the industry is for their very precise/variable torque setting when fixed, and they 10 times out of 10 fit the screw heads like a glove so this is definatley something I am concerned about. I was going to place an order for one.

If u could supply any sort of pics that would be great.

Narkotiq
Dec 29, 2010, 08:04 AM
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barmann
Dec 29, 2010, 09:44 AM
After some research, it seems the tool needs to be a Security Torx TS, size 5 / TS-5 .
Those are the 5-lobe security Torx, as opposed to the regular 6-point security/ non-tamper torx tools .

I haven't found or tried one, so take it with a grain of salt.

iRun26.2
Dec 29, 2010, 10:03 AM
Does Apple have any way to tell that you have taken the MBA apart? (Which technically would void the warranty)?

I'd like to take mine apart just to take a look at it (but I don't want to take a chance of voiding my warranty).

Dark Shines
Dec 29, 2010, 02:09 PM
I just received my "MacBook Air 5-point Pentalobe Screwdriver" from iFixit.com and tried it out on my late '10 MacBook Air. It seems like there's an awful lot of slop in the fitment between the driver and the screw head...so much so that it seems like the driver would easily round out the screws. In other words, the driver seems too small for the screws. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Maybe there's a different driver that would fit better?

Same here... I used it to fix the creaking, now my screws are slightly damaged

The screwdriver from ifixit seems to be too small...

here is the official screwdriver :
http://files.macbidouille.com/mbv2/news/news_12_10/penta03.jpg

MikePA
Dec 29, 2010, 02:19 PM
Same here... I used it to fix the creaking, now my screws are slightly damaged

The screwdriver from ifixit seems to be too small...

here is the official screwdriver :
http://files.macbidouille.com/mbv2/news/news_12_10/penta03.jpg

That's not a Torx Security screwdriver, size T5, that's needed to remove the bottom.

alan111
Dec 29, 2010, 07:48 PM
I got my screwdriver in today and have already used it.

I have no further use for it, as I just used it to look inside and clear out any debris.

If anyone wants to buy it from me, I can ship it via FedEx first thing tomorrow morning. I can take paypal. PM me if you want to buy it from me.

Thiol
Jan 5, 2011, 05:21 PM
Same here... I used it to fix the creaking, now my screws are slightly damaged

The screwdriver from ifixit seems to be too small...

here is the official screwdriver :
http://files.macbidouille.com/mbv2/news/news_12_10/penta03.jpg

Where did you get confirmation that this is the "official" screwdriver?

Dark Shines
Jan 7, 2011, 05:09 PM
Where did you get confirmation that this is the "official" screwdriver?

Here : http://www.macbidouille.com/news/2010/12/07/le-kit-officiel-de-demontage-du-macbook-air-2010-dans-le-detail

Got a reply from iFixit. They can't replicate the official one, it's illegal...
They said mine was maybe too small, replacement driver is on its way.

nrweaver
Jan 8, 2011, 03:55 PM
is it possible to buy the "official" purple one from that website?

kfscoll
Jan 8, 2011, 04:23 PM
I just ordered one from a Hong Kong seller on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110632077548). For $9.99 I figured it was worth a shot. I'll keep you posted if/when it arrives.

nrweaver
Jan 8, 2011, 04:33 PM
Ya please keep us updated on that. I was going to order one but saw the seller had never sold anything before and had 2 other random things for sale as well, id be curious to see what happens. good luck

taxbax
Jan 17, 2011, 05:55 PM
on ebay again, just ordered. hope its legit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110637036991

KnightWRX
Jan 17, 2011, 07:56 PM
That's not a Torx Security screwdriver, size T5, that's needed to remove the bottom.

It is the right one to open the bottom. Apple didn't use Torx security screws, they used 5 point Torx screws. That is the proper driver.

mmulin
Jan 17, 2011, 08:07 PM
Hi folks,

I saw ifixit.com sold this item, but now its out-of-stock indefinately.. I would really like to buy a MacBook Air 5-Point Screwdriver (for the bottom plate on my MacBook Air 11.6') as soon as possible, but can't find one on the net. I anyone know of a webstore that sells this screwdriver, a link would be very much appreciated. :)

Thanks! :)

Toyo Tools in Akihabara. About 2min walk from South exit along the Yamanote line. Oops, they don't sell on the web ;)

Thiol
Jan 17, 2011, 08:33 PM
OWC says that they're packaging "tools" in with the new SSD for the 2010 Macbook Air. Maybe they'll start selling them separately. Who knows, but at least there's another reputable source out there.