How the hell do I unscrew the bottom case to add memory?!!!

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  1. Carl Abudephane, Jul 9, 2009
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  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Push very hard on the screwdriver and turn slowly.
     
  3. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    ditto. I've experienced some very minor damage to one of my screwheads from not doing this, but luckily it still worked out and I didn't make the same mistake with any of the others.

    Don't try to turn too fast.
     
  4. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Yah, i noticed there are a lot of non-mechanically inclined people stripping screws and drivers on here.
     
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    As said above, you must push hard and turn slowly. Your instinct (or at least mine) will tell you not to push hard, because it's an expensive and not-all-that-rugged machine, but it's the best way to do it.
     
  6. jkozlow3 macrumors 6502a

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    I had no problem whatsoever. Granted, you need a VERY small screwdriver (eyeglass repair sized phillips head), but it's not a difficult procedure by any means.
     
  7. Nocturnal22 macrumors 6502

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    Yup i did it with a 99 cent store screwdriver:p
     
  8. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

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    Note that the screws aren't straight up and down- they lean over a little bit. (because of the tapered edge)
     
  9. Carl Abudephane, Jul 9, 2009
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  10. Snowbound macrumors regular

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    It's not 00 it's 0. I was having a very hard time with glasses size screw drivers but once I got this a real screwdriver with this size it was actually quite easy.
     
  11. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

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    mebbe that's why...
     
  12. Carl Abudephane, Jul 9, 2009
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  13. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    As an alternative, you could try a small flathead screwdriver. That way if you ruin one of the slots, you've got another one to ruin as well before the screw is totally "screwed." ;)

    In all seriousness though, I do this all the time.
     
  14. Carl Abudephane, Jul 9, 2009
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  15. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Where can you buy an extra set of screws for the mid-2009 MBP 17?

    If I ever need to open the case up, I want an extra set right there in case any screws are stripped. Otherwise I'd have to order a new set, and wait with a inoperative computer.
     
  16. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Apple has used the same screw set for years now, they've just switched the locations they put them in. iFixit lists them, but it seems they're out of stock. Try eBay.
     
  17. tdream macrumors 65816

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    It is double zero, philipshead 00.
     
  18. Snowbound macrumors regular

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  19. hisboyelroy macrumors member

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    I just want to say I feel for you. I did the exact same thing. Within three hours of owning my MBP, I had scratched the bottom case after pushing hard and turning the screwdriver and slipping. Grrrr.... That aluminum really scratches easily.
     

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