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    Small screw stuck--HELP!

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    I'm trying to put some new RAM in my laptop and have run into one small but crucial problem: one of the three screws is stuck and it's very hard to get much leverage on it. It might be cross threaded or something--the other two came out with little or no resistance using a typical micro size screwdriver. It's an approximately 3mm screw. What can I do here at home that might cure the situation? Are there any oversize grip micro screwdrivers which can put more torque on it? All I'm coming up with so far is sore fingers and thumbs and an angry look on my face.

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    Re: Small screw stuck--HELP!

    Hi, I am sorry you are having this problem it is odd to learn that the screw is so tight that you cant remove it , usually that means that the thread is busted and you might wanna use a something else to push it out ( if is moving but not going out ) if it not moving then go to the nearest Radio shack and get yourself one of these, $ 6.99 well worth it, specially if you repair computers and small electronic dev

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    Re: Small screw stuck--HELP!

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    I'd probably try using some small vise(sp?) grips to get a better grip on the screwdriver. Just make sure when you turn the screwdriver, the screw isn't being stripped.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Small screw stuck--HELP!

    Upon suggestion by someone I took it to a jewelery store and had their watch specialist go to work on it. With a bit of effort he was able to get it loose. Once I got home I found the source of the problem: it had blue Locktite on it. I'm guessing Apple does that with some comps so they can tell if the user has opened it up, possibly for warranty coverage issues...or someone at the factory was being a jerk. I can understand that for the motherboard or something, but it's a little draconian to seal the RAM shut, don't you think? Oh well, that's done with now and I'm working with 2 gigs instead of a scant 512 megs. It makes me happier if nothing else.

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    Re: Small screw stuck--HELP!

    from personal experience, the locktite is a blessing. ive taken my lappy in twice to get screws replaced that vibrated loose one way or another. as far as the factory using it to tell if it's been tampered with? nah, they use tamper paint... kind of a bright colored paint that goes on top of the screw and the hole it's in that you can see without taking the screw out. ive used it before and it wont keep a screw from coming out. anyway, im just saying you shouldn't hate steve jobs for the locktite. hate him because he's a dork.
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