Where to get correct screwdriver for case screws

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Schlotkins, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Schlotkins macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2008
    Good evening-

    I purchased a MBP 15" today (11/27/09) for my wife. I have a 160GB Intel SSD G2 to put in it. I'm driving myself crazy trying to get the case screws out. I don't want to strip them obviously. I had a kit of 6 small screw drivers, but none of them seemed to work. I read online through a google search the size was #00 so I ran out to microcenter, picked up a set of screwdrivers with #00 and #0 sizes, but neither of those seem to fit properly either.

    So, I was wondering if someone could direct me to a link where they used a screwdriver to remove the 10 bottom screws with no problem at all.

    Thank you,
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    In the past with my G4 iBook, I've been able to use the Phillips screwdriver that comes with an eyeglasses repair kit with pretty good success.

    I haven't tried on my Unibody MacBook, but the screws look about the same size.
  3. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
  4. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
  5. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    Home Depot and Lowes sell a $5 set with PH#0, 00, and 000. They have a similar set with T5-T15.
  6. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I used an eyeglass screwdriver and a lot of caution... It took a good deal of effort to turn the screws without stripping them, though.
  7. fluffyx macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    If you have a Philips #00 screwdriver, it will work perfectly. Just place the computer on a soft cloth and make sure you apply some downward force while you're turning the screws.

    While you're handling the internal components, please keep one hand on the metal casing of the computer! Keep your computer safe!
  8. erratikmind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    S.F./Las Vegas
    That is a nice and handy kit. I got the same for a hdd swap. Didn't want to be unprepared.
  9. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    I got a kit at Harbor Freight Tools for like $5 that has about 20 interchangeable tips for any kind of electronics screws that you can imagine.
  10. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    Yeh, the screws are a bit of a pain in the neck... I can't believe they're still using phillips screws, it's so easy to strip one of them. My plan is to replace them with torx head screws when I get the chance to.

    Phillips #00 did the trick for me though!

  11. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
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    Ya 00 will work, you just have to apply a bit of pressure, it's a bit unnerving but as long as you are careful, you should be fine
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yep; one drawback is that they are a little pricey for the average consumer. Otherwise they make quality tools.
  13. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    They make very good tools. I used one during my upgrade to a RunCore SSD and it was perfect.
  14. danimal99 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    I had a small Philips head that I used, but probably the biggest issue is the amount of torque you need to exert to break them loose the first time. I realized in the first second that it was going to be a problem, so I grabbed some good pliers to grip my screwdriver tightly and used it to turn instead. Like others suggested, lay it on a cloth to protect it, put a little downward pressure on it, then slowly turn your pliers/driver combo until they break loose. From there, it's all gravy.

    They're actually some of the best screws I've seen on electronics, and held up very well. I think my screwdriver was more likely to strip than those screws. As always, Apple goes the extra mile in build quality.

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