Lost screw in Power Mac G4

macuser1232

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Hey I was replacing my graphics card when I was putting the only screw I needed to unscrew back it fell somewhere and I can't see it anywhere. I have a small idea of where it is but I can unscrew the small screws to check. Will this screw do any harm? I have three other screws that I can use to replace it and I'm going to a hardware store to get another one.
 

jbarley

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It is not a good idea to have loose screws in a computer case, there is always a chance they may short or ground out some electronic component.
Having said that, I must admit to being guilty of this myself, and got away with it.
YMMV.
 

Lil Chillbil

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Since you said you lost it when replacing the graphics card i am assuming that the screw is under the motherboard? If so I wouldn't really worry about it but if you can tilt the computer and try to get it out. If not no sweat, besides I have never heard of a powermac g4 blowing a capacitor due to a screw being lodged in the case under the motherboard.
 

macuser1232

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It is not a good idea to have loose screws in a computer case, there is always a chance they may short or ground out some electronic component.
Having said that, I must admit to being guilty of this myself, and got away with it.
YMMV.
Ok I found it the screw! Would it be too much of a risk to make a paper clip magnetic and get it? I don't think it's close to any motherboard parts.
 

macuser1232

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Since you said you lost it when replacing the graphics card i am assuming that the screw is under the motherboard? If so I wouldn't really worry about it but if you can tilt the computer and try to get it out. If not no sweat, besides I have never heard of a powermac g4 blowing a capacitor due to a screw being lodged in the case under the motherboard.
It's not actually under the mother board. I will upload a picture of where it fell down and how you can see it from the outside.
 

Lil Chillbil

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For some reason Mac Rumors wouldn't let me upload them as an attachment because I have other MacRumors windows open even though I don't anymore so here is a link to the pics.

The first picture is where it fell down the hole. The second picture where the screw is from an outside view.

http://i.imgur.com/vPxAr.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/tkX1k.jpg
by any means go for it you are in no danger of damaging anything so feel free to go head first to get the screw out
 

macuser1232

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I'll try one more time turning it to see if it will fall out. If that fails then I will magnetize the paperclip to see if I can get it out.

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UGH! It's not working! If I could take the plastic off on the side I could get it but I know I can't. It stuck!
 

Bug-Creator

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Why not ?
Just undo the 4 hex-screws and jiggle the plastic a bit (or a bit more) till it gets loose at the :apple:

O.k. looked at the pics, it not the sidepanel you where talking about ..... but I'm sure it can still be dismantled. Having a srew rattling in a computer is never a good idea.
 

macuser1232

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Why not ?
Just undo the 4 hex-screws and jiggle the plastic a bit (or a bit more) till it gets loose at the :apple:

O.k. looked at the pics, it not the sidepanel you where talking about ..... but I'm sure it can still be dismantled. Having a srew rattling in a computer is never a good idea.
Looks like im gonna need to buy some hex screwdrivers. Thanks!

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Is the G4 too heavy for you to pick up and give it a gentle shake to try and dislodge the screw so it can fall out?
No, It just really well lodged in a corner.

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I GOT IT OUT!!! I just tilted it and then opened it up and found the screw!! yay!