Quick help! Stuck screw....

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gee, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Gee macrumors 65816

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    Hi there

    My macbook pro hard drive is about to fail I think. It's 3 weeks outa warranty (typical!), so i'm replacing the hard drive myself using some instructions on extrememac. I've taken out all but one of the case screws, but the last one is stuck. Won't budge. I'm worried I'll end up blunting the end of it.

    Anyone got any easy solutions for freeing the stuck screw?
    Cheers
     
  2. The General macrumors 601

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    Drill it out, or super glue something like a paperclip to it and rip it out.

    Then order some replacement screws from ifixit.com or something.
     
  3. Gee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. Are there any less destructive ways? Like, you know, breathing on it while sniffing turps or something?
     
  4. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I had a stuck screw on my Powerbook. Since it's on the outside of the case, you can use the case to press harder. You may need a higher quality screw driver so it won't strip. Just press firmly on the other side of the case and while pressing hard turn the screw very slow to prevent stripping. This workd for me. There are things like lock tight that you can put on the screw head. This will help prevent slip.

    I would not drill it out unless it is stripped.
     
  5. The General macrumors 601

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    Wait, is it stuck as in "it won't rotate" or is it stuck as in "it rotates but won't come out?"

    Because I've had both on my Powerbook.
     
  6. Gee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Won't rotate
     
  7. Gee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Maybe I need a better screwdriver?
     
  8. Gee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. A more 'robust' grip on the case, and a rag to give a better grip on the screwdriver, and it turned.

    Thanks all for your comments.

    See you in 30 minutes when I post 'How can you tell if you've fried the logic board?"
     
  9. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    stupid apple stripped out two of the three screws on the bottom of the old G5 imac i had then woulnt fix it cause they said I did it:rolleyes:
     
  10. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Just thought I would answer that one for you so you dont have to post a new thread lol

    Your computer doesnt work in the slightest!!!!

    Happy Tinkering!! :)
     

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