Problem: I took the system apart to find that there are small screws that hold both cards into the main board (unlike what Lenovo's video's show you where there is no screw - the card just pops out) The screws are so small and I have lots of precession screw drivers here but I cannot get them to unscrew - so much so that the screws are now stripped.
I've tried everything - using a thick rubber band and the screw driver on top etc
Nothing is working - and i really want to get the two cards out of my laptop.
This happened to me on three X61s. For the first two, I got professional help from Brad on this forum, whom I highly recommend. Great guy; great work. You can find a message from here and send him a PM if you want to go that route:viewtopic.php?f=18&t=105425&p=682543#p682543
The third time, however, I decided to grit my teeth and try to fix it myself. I am a complete beginner at this kind of handiwork, but I managed. I put a very small drill bit in an electric drill - a small enough bit to fit snugly into the hole in the stripped screw head - and very slowly drilled into the head. After a little while, the screw head popped off.
I managed to remove the second screw with a high-quality German-made precision screw driver, one size larger than the screw seemed to need - I think size 0, though it might have been 1. The mistakes I made every other time were either using a screwdriver that was too small or not using a high-quality driver.
Anyway, after drilling out the stripped screw head, I could then pop out the card, and remove the shaft of the screw by gripping it with a small pliers and turning until it came out normally.
If I can do it, anyone can do it, but I'm not sure I would have had the courage to do it if I hadn't seen Brad do it so I had a clear idea of how to get it done.