Screw Stuck and Stripped! What should I do?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jason2811, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    I tried taking out the L shaped bar today to replace the RAM in my MacBook. The first two screws came out really easily but the last one seemed to be stuck. So I tried turning the screwdriver really hard and I though I was unscrewing it but it looks like I stripped it. So now I'm screwed (no pun intended). So what should I do now? Should I bring it to an Apple Store and tell them to unscrew it and give me a new screw? Would they be able to do that on the spot? Or wil they refuse to do it because I'm intending to install 3rd party RAM? Please help. Thanks.
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    You could always go in and buy some RAM from them, take it home and then come back a few hours later and say the screw got stripped...
  3. rglatter macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2006
    i had the same problem with mine. only mine was on the mbp. How I eventualy got it out was I took it to my grandfathers jewlery store and he had a smaller screw driver than I had. My screw also wasnt completely stripped it had a little bit of the cross left not much though. so what i would recomend is try and find a smaller screw driver, also you might want to try the smallest flat head screw driver that might work as well.

    As for the apple store, they might help out, i cant realy give advice on that because ive only been to one twice, and one was the NYC apple store just to look at it..anyways good luck on getting that screw out...oh and when you go to put the screws back in at least on my macbook pro I only put in 2 screws one on each side, none in the middle.
  4. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    If you're comfortable with the thought, you can always drill out the screw. I've done that on an older iBook before, and it worked fine. Problem is, you can screw up a rather expensive new MacBook if you mess up. Uh, maybe take it to the Apple Store first?
  5. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Can you grab any of the stripped screw with a needle-nose pliers and twist it out?
  6. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    I've go a similar problem.

    Would an Apple store help with a stripped/stuck screw on my external HD case? And do/would they charge?
  7. jason2811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
  8. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    In most situations like this you drill it out like livingfortoday said. However if you mess up.......good luck. So you could try bringing it to an apple store and see if they will fix it for free in front of you. I bet they would.
  9. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Afraid I have to second this (Edit: third this!). If the screw is stripped and you can't turn it with pliers or any other small, gripping implement, you're not going to have much choice but to drill it out.

    Google offers vague hope for other solutions here.
  10. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    Go to your local Sears (or home depot possibly) and get a screwout. You can either for a drill, or possibly a screwdriver. The screw out will drive itself into the head of the stripped screw and will allow you to take the screw out, hence the words screw out ;) . They have micro screwouts for really small screws
  11. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Go to the Apple Store, they'll fix it. :)

    Arrange an appointment with a genius before you go though... :)
  12. z00y0rk macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2006
    Long Island , New York. USA
    Try the needle nose pliers first, if you can get it out, go to home depot and bring them that screw. They'll always find one that looks like it.

    If you Can't get the screw out with the pliers, go to the apple store and have them fix it as soon as possible before you start to hurt your Macbook with some home made concoction.
  13. jason2811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    I tried to arrange an appointment online but it said that they can't accept any reservations at this time. wtf.

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