I successfully upgraded from 4gb to 8gb BUT not all screws will go back in

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  1. jbrent89 macrumors member

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    So this is a Mid 2009 13" MBP

    The 3 long screws will NOT go back in.. they only screw in the tip and stick out and will not go back in..

    as well as the MIDDLE back 2 screws. in between the far left and right one.. they will not screw in at all!! they just fall right out..

    the other screws are all in (so 5).. but this seems like an issue..

    the RAM was installed fine though!!
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Clockwise from top left.

    Little, long, long, long, little, little, little, little, little, little.

    Start with the short one in the top left, then opposite lower corner, upper left corner long then lower right corner. That way it will stay even.

    This is all with the hinge facing away of course.
     
  3. bearcats087 macrumors member

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    if they came out they will go back in fine perhaps a picture wil help us see the issue better
     
  4. jbrent89 thread starter macrumors member

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    The long ones only screw in at the tip, and the long unthreaded part sticks out and won't go in..

    so they arent screwing in fine.. Only the screws I mentioned screwed in.
     
  5. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Well then they're in the wrong hole (that's what she said) - they will go in just fine if you're doing it right (that's what she said).

    Sounds like you've got them in the wrong holes (that's what she said) as the big screws won't fit in the little holes (that's what she said).
     
  6. jbrent89 thread starter macrumors member

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    Its the one they came from.. promise. They just dont want to go back in..

    I left every screw next to the hole they came from.. each Screw went into its EXACT spot it came from..

    only NOW after I boxed the screws up they are all mixed together now.. but it doesnt seem like it mattered at that point..

    The Long screws just go in until the thread stops then they wont "sink" or do anything.. and the 2 back screws (in the middle not the outer 2) just fall right out!!

    How do the screws NOT work perfectly??
     
  7. Minicube macrumors regular

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    Think logically, they HAVE TO go in the proper holes. Maybe go to ifixit and watch the slide show of the breakdown to be sure you are doing everything exactly right. http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Browse/Mac
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Its too late for this advice but when I disassemble my MBP, I put the screws aside in the order and location of where they came from . So the left most top screw will be left most at the top of the area I keep them. That way there's no question which screw goes in which hole.

    I separate the internal screws similarly as well, if I need to dig deeper into my MPB

    The long screws go in the middle holes near the hinge. Basically if the MBP is upside-down with the hinge facing away from you, then the long screws go in the holes at the top most holes, though the first left most corner screw near the hinge is small. chundles was correct in the order and placement.
     
  9. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Open her back up and make sure you didn't somehow dislodge something inside and make sure eveything is seated porperly. Your description of "The Long screws just go in until the thread stops then they wont "sink" or do anything.. and the 2 back screws (in the middle not the outer 2) just fall right out!! " means that something underneath the cover i.e. the internal screwholes, are not lined-up properly. You either did not replace an internal part properly or something got jostled out of place. There is nothing underneath for the screws to grab onto.

    The cover is not on backwards, is it? That would certainly cause mis-alignment of the internal screwholes. Make sure, with the cover off, that you can see the screw holes in the same locations they are on the outer cover. You are somehow missing the connection to those inner screwholes.
     
  10. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular

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    Remove all screws. Remove back cover. Replace back cover taking care that it's sitting completely flush with the case. Replace screws using this diagram. They will not go in any other way, and if you keep trying to force them you'll crack the components underneath.
     
  11. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Looking at this diagram I can easily see how you might have replaced the cover backwards.
     
  12. Mal macrumors 603

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    It's deceptive. There's a piece of plastic that sits down off the back side that would make it difficult that place it on backwards, though not impossible.

    OP, those two screws in the back in the middle should be long screws, not short ones. Obviously you didn't get them back where they were originally, but with the diagram from a couple posts back here, you should be able to make it work. If not, take it to a professional.

    jW
     
  13. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    To make sure you've got the cover on in the right direction, the printing on it should be next to the hinge. Also if my I remember right the screws go in at an angle not straight down. Good luck.
     
  14. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    just don't force them in, they go in an angle.
     
  15. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular

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    The top row goes straight in, the rest go in on an angle.
     
  16. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    and the short in the back and the two on the sides are different than the 4 in the front if you really look at them..
     
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  18. jbrent89 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well can people who have EVER even SEEN a Macbook Pro please reply??

    First of all, you can't put it on "backwards".

    Ok I will try ANGLING them but that the "back screws" or in that image "the 4 tiny front screws".. the 2 middle ones still fall out.. they sink in through the threads and then sink right back out when I turn the macbook over...

    Secondly.. Imagine if I described that the other way.. the back screws for me are the "front" ones in that image.. sillys

    Im telling you the screws will not go back in their OWN spot..

    it isn't "you'r doing it wrong" because 5 out of 10 screws went in.. those were wrong or no?

    I only operate in a field of logic not "forum wisdom"... there is no "doing it wrong" only "the screws wont go back in".

    Im not dumb either.. I will try angling and report back.. hopefully that will get the long ones back in!!
     
  19. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Pics.

    I spend all day upgrading RAM in these things, if the screws came out but won't go back in there are two options.

    1. You're doing it wrong.
    2. You broke something.

    (That's what she said)
     
  20. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    Obviously you did something wrong if the screws were in place and stayed there before you took them out. You might have to get it fixed by Apple.
     
  21. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    I've had issues with putting the screws back in on every Apple product I've unscrewed. I found that the screws on my unibody mpb actually go in at a slight angle, they went in fine that way.
     
  22. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Screws and threading are standard, if they're not going back in in the correct hole, you're either doing it wrong or you messed up the threads, plain and simple.
     
  23. maflynn Moderator

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    I hate to sound cold but the screws have to go back into the holes they came from. If they're not there can only be two alternatives as Chundles posted. You are doing it wrong, or you broke something. I've disassembled my MBP a number of times and Chundle's first post is dead on as to where the long screws go.

    Also did you make sure the bottom pan is sitting squarely and flat on the mac? I also echo chundle's post. Snap a couple of pics and post them here for further help.
     
  24. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
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