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T440 - Over Torqued Screws?

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Safe to drill out?

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You're stupid and will brick it.
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T440 - Over Torqued Screws?

#1 Post by ShakenU » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:55 pm

Hi all,
I recently purchased a refurbished T440, it's been a great workhorse running debian.
However, I have been hitting issues where I've been running low on RAM (Slack + Chrome + VSCode), so I wanted to try to put another DIMM in it.
However, when I tried to open it up, I found that the screws were WAYYY over-torqued, to the point that I can't get them out without stripping them.

How safe do you think it would be to drill out some of the screws?

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Re: T440 - Over Torqued Screws?

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:58 pm

ShakenU wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:55 pm
Hi all,
I recently purchased a refurbished T440, it's been a great workhorse running debian.
However, I have been hitting issues where I've been running low on RAM (Slack + Chrome + VSCode), so I wanted to try to put another DIMM in it.
However, when I tried to open it up, I found that the screws were WAYYY over-torqued, to the point that I can't get them out without stripping them.

How safe do you think it would be to drill out some of the screws?
If you can't get them out with out stripping them you are using the wrong screwdriver. I've done the X240 with no problem even though the screws were initially very tight.
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Re: T440 - Over Torqued Screws?

#3 Post by tfa » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:49 am

ShakenU wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:55 pm
.... I can't get them out without stripping them.
use Philips PH0 screwdriver matching to the screwhead size, they won't strip:

https://www.kctoolco.com/wera-030111-ph ... rewdriver/

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