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Stubborn screws inside x230

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Stubborn screws inside x230

#1 Post by TOTAL » Sat May 22, 2021 9:32 pm

I am disassembling the laptop to repaste cpu and GPU. Only one screw left to remove the motherboard, I think it fastens wlan

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/17vtP9Z ... p=drivesdk
Unfortunately, it's stuck.

A couple of questions here
1. What is the screw size /model?
2. Any special type of screwdriver or material is made from or technique to be used to minimize the risk of the screw grooves getting worn out?

Thanks

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Re: Stubborn screws inside x230

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun May 23, 2021 2:22 am

RTFM.
In there all screws are described!

That's a (bit morxed) Phillips screw.
Use a Phillips #0 or #1 screwdriver, maybe try to fasten it first, then loosen.
If it won't come out, try a normal flat screwdriver with a strong blade that is just a little bit less wide than the screw-groove.
If still not, tape everything around that wifi-card to make the area dust-proof, then get a Dremel with a rotary diamond 10-12mm disk and carefully make only one shallow groove in that screw for a bigger flat screwdriver.
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Re: Stubborn screws inside x230

#3 Post by JBUK » Sun May 23, 2021 6:46 am

I use what is best described as an electric screwdriver/drill with a torque setting, the sort of battery driven type that builders use. They come with a set of driver bits just choose the one that is the best fit and start with a low torque setting increasing it until the b****r comes out. If the bit jumps out then try another size before resorting to the dremel solution.
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Re: Stubborn screws inside x230

#4 Post by TOTAL » Sun May 23, 2021 11:31 am

Thanks guys. I used pressure from top down and pliers for a firm grip of the screwdriver.

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