just picked up an 00 phillips from frys....no good. i really don't wanna keep messing around with the screw since i'm afraid of damaging the actual screw. i'm debating about sending this into ibm or a laptop repair service. however, it makes me upset that i'll have to pay $100+ just for them to take out two screws
What I'm about to say may sound nutty but if you carefully follow the instructions below they will work, your heat sink will be out and you'll have saved a hundred bucks! You see, I too made appeals for someone to help me with the same dilemma and no one could!
I have TWO T41's which had heat sink screws SOOO tight no screw driver could take them out without GORILLA like strength and pressure (down) which, once I saw the MOBO flexing, I did NOT want to do ... so I took a PLIERS with very sharp teeth on the nose and CAREFULLY took them to the three brass stud mounts (only grasp the TOP-MOST stud, the brass stud in which the screw sits). Turned it counterclockwise and Voila, they were free! So simple, so easy.
Some additional points:
When you turn the top stud with the pliers (not the bottom stud, do not turn the largest diameter one, turn the smallest diameter one) be careful to use only enough clamping pressure with the pliers to grasp and turn the stud until it breaks free. You don't want to blemish the stud but the teeth will blemish it a little. Afterward a little fine file work on the stud (once the heat sink is out) will clean things up pretty nice. Once the stud is broken free use the screwdriver to finish removal.
When you tighten the screws back in do NOT T-I-G-H-T-E-N the screws. The stud you just clamped on with the pliers is actually a spring loaded plunger. It (actually THEY, all three studs) are spring loaded and designed to apply just enough (and just the right amount of) pressure to securely hold the heat sink in place on top of the CPU. When I secured my heat sinks I used just enough torque to feel the stud stopped on its spring load on its way down (in other words, it felt JUST B-A-R-E-L-Y secured). The spring tension in the stud mounts will keep screws from vibrating out so don't think you have to TIGHTEN them down, you DON'T, just 'snug' them in!!
All the best