outer screws no longer flush with case

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  1. spicyj macrumors member

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    Does anyone else have the problem with the unibody MBPs that after upgrading the internals, it's hard to put the bottom case back on properly? For me, the screws don't seem to go in all the way and so they stick out a little bit.

    Any advice?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No problems for me. The screws go in at a bit of an angle.
     
  3. Opstech macrumors 6502a

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    Can you share with a pic?

    Also, did you make sure the place the screws back in the slots in the same order you took them out. That's what I did.
     
  4. spicyj thread starter macrumors member

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    Here's a picture of one of the screws.
     

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  5. celticpride678

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    Either the screws are not in the right spot, or you didn't put everything back in place the way it should be. Mine are perfect.
     
  6. Opstech macrumors 6502a

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    Two things that could have happened....
    1. The screws do go in at an angle like miles said. You should take them out and see if you stripped them. If you did, you'll have to reset them (strip them back to the normal angle, but need to use Locktite (Blue) to hold them in.)
    2. How many screws are not flush? If there are only two, then you have misplaced the two longer ones from the fan part of the plate.
    Let me know which one.

    To me it looks like you replaced the screws at the wrong angle.
     
  7. tatical macrumors member

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    I had that problem also, after I upgraded my RAM. I thought the screw hole was striped & just 'thought oh well...', & left it. After reapplying the thermal paste i tested the screw hole without the bottom cover & it looked like it was good. I think the holes on my bottom cover are off just a little (but the screws were flush before so I it must fit).

    I advise you to tighten each screw only about two turns each until they're all in place. Then going in a circle, screw them all in until you get some resistance. Finally, go in a circle again screwing them until they're all tightened up.
     
  8. Opstech macrumors 6502a

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    Very good suggestion
     
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  10. spicyj thread starter macrumors member

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    Looks like you guys were right. I was trying to put the screws in straight down, but they go in at an angle. All is better now.

    Thanks!
     
  11. Opstech macrumors 6502a

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