Trying to Upgrade RAM - Screws too tight!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DavidLeigh, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. DavidLeigh macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2012
    So i bought some pretty good quality RAM and i'm trying to install and test them. Trouble is, i can't seem to get the screws to budge. Not one of the ten on the underside of my machine. It's crazy. I'm turning them anticlockwise, and they're so tight they're stripping my screwdrivers. Far worse, is if this messes up the screws themselves. Any advise will be greatly appreciated!
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    What exact MBP do you have and do you use the correct screwdriver (Phillips #00 Screwdriver)?
  3. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here

    you need a top quality Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    The important is : top quality
  4. DavidLeigh thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2012
    mbp15 2012
  5. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    And you use a quality Phillips #00 Screwdriver as recommended?
  6. ls1dreams, Aug 31, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2016

    ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    A good screwdriver really helps for these tiny sizes.

    I googled around and the most common recommendations for good precision screwdrivers were Wiha, Wera, Witte, and some other swiss brands that were hard to find.

    Here's the Wiha #00:

    I decided to buy the 4-piece set since it was a little cheaper per screwdriver and figured it would be useful to have #000, #00, #0, #1:
  7. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    +100000, also some downward pressure is also helpful. I've seen some with too much loctite from the factory. Had to use a soldering iron (must be clean from solder!) with a small tip and applied for several seconds to break the loctite.
  8. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    I had screw drivers with really skinny metal handles and needed to wrap a towel around the handle in order to turn them.
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Jeweler screwdrivers usually work best. Try your local Lowe's
  10. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Hate those. I have a really tiny screwdriver that is amazing except it has a tiny handle...
    To OP-
    I have found that a cheap $5 screwdriver from the local hardware store did the trick pretty nice for me. Of course, the tips on the screwdriver do matter. I have some cheap 4mm tips from china and then a few from a higher quality kit I got a while ago. The cheap chinese torx bits cam out on my screws fairly easily, while the more expensive ones work wonderfully, and would strip the screw before they cammed out.
  11. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010

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