Aluminum iMac Ram Slot Opening - Screw will not come out

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mashinhead, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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    I'm trying to open this door and ive used 5 different screw driver heads/sizes. It isn't stripped and does turn but won't come out.
     
  2. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't come out, it just loosens. Once it's loose, you can pop the door off. Other people have posted about the same issue several times in the forum as well.
     
  3. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    well it doesn't tighten.. how do you pop it off?
     
  4. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    Mine came off pretty easily but some people have said they needed to push on one side of the metal plate once the screw was loose.

    Here's one thread on it I know of at least, if it's helpful at all: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=371823
     
  5. LaJaca macrumors regular

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    Here's my suggestion; worked for me.

    After I unscrewed the screw, I couldn't 'pop' the door out to it's rather snug fit. So I got the most harmless thing I could find that wouldn't scratch anything: a rather dull toothpick. I inserted the end into one of the 'vent holes', applied a tiny amount of leverage, and POP it came right out. Nothing worse for the wear.

    I'd wish you good luck, but you really don't need it. It's SUPER easy.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The slot door on the Alu iMac is pretty lame compared to the white iMac. After loosening the screw a bit, I just inserted a paper clip in one of the vent holes and popped it out. When you put it back on, slap the door back on and tighten the screw as much as you can (it won't tighten fully). However, the door is rather snug fit so it won't pose much of a problem even if the screw isn't all the way in.
     
  7. ouphe macrumors regular

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    I had this same problem...several screwdrivers didn't work, then, as I was thinking I'd have to take the damn thing into the store to have them install my RAM for me, I tried the screwdriver on a Swiss Army Knife I had lying around. Worked like a charm.

    Good luck!
     
  8. drunet macrumors newbie

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    I had to do the paper clip move as well.

    I also had a tough time getting one of sticks seated.
    Just as an FYI
     

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