HELP installing RAM on new PowerBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by powerofthekiwi, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. powerofthekiwi macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2004
    Ok - I've installed RAM a many a time, but I can't get the damned door off the bottom of this thing! I even just went out and bought the right screwdriver for it, but it won't budge a bit! Anyone have any pointers? I'm stumped and I really want to boost my ram up to 1 gig.....
  2. vraxtus macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA

    When you unscrew the panel it should come off rather easily...

    I installed mine fine while I was playing War3...
  3. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Did you get all 4 screws off?
    Maybe a little tappity-tap, or use something tiny (think sewing needle) on the edge to sort of wedge it out?

    Lee Tom
  4. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Assuming that you have got the 4 screws out, the panel will just lift out, sometimes Apple use a little sealant to fix it in place.
  5. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    Maybe he used the wrong screw driver to begin with and didn't realize he needed the right size screw driver until he stripped the screws. Now nothing will come off. Man, I hate Apple and their mini screws in the notebooks. They made them so small, it's like they're trying to give you a message of "don't do it yourself, buy the RAM BTO, or bring it into an Apple Store and let us do it for you for a not very nominal fee."
  6. powerofthekiwi thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2004
    ok - to clear up a little confusion the 4 screws are NOT off, thats what I'm having the issue with. They are so tight on there I can't get them to budge, they are not striped though, just stuck on real freakin' tight.

    I need help getting the screws off, I agree with he who speaks above me, damn apple and they're "mini" screws! :mad:

    Anyone have any tricks to loosen the screws?
  7. ndanimal macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2004
    I ran into the exact same problem just 2 days ago. I finally just got out a pair of pliers and used them to turn the screw-driver while I held it down with my other hand.

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