Help needed - stripped screw while trying to change thermal paste

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by drummerlondonw3, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I have had a MAJOR stressful evening with my new MBA

    I have got some arctic 5 thermal paste. I removed the back case and while I was unscrewing the cover for the heatsink I stripped the screw head. You can just about see the head in it and I have a technician screw driver but I cannot get any purchase on the screw.

    What is the best way to proceed. I have reattached everything else and the laptop is okay but ideally I woul still like to redo the thermal paste.

    Would a laptop repair shop be able to remove this screw and if so would this be expensive

    the second point is on the screw itself. Is the screw replaceable and would I also be to order it on-line?

    Does anyone have any experience of dealing with this problem in their laptop

    Lastly, can anyone recommend somewhere in London I could go and let them have a look at it???:rolleyes:

    On a honest note I was so gutted when it happened I thought I was going to cry! :(:(:(:(

    Thanks for anyone who can help with this

  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    NewEgg might have some of those screws, but I think your best bet is to take one of the existing screws you did get out, and take it to a hardware store to have the threads measured so you know what you have.

    Why replace the thermal paste on a new machine anyway?
  3. DanielJvdBerg macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2008
    The Netherlands.
    Because it probably overheats.

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