I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook
March 25, 2006 12:43 PM Subscribe
I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook... very tight space and very delicate. What can I do? I have a suspicion that an ant or two has crawled in my titanium powerbook G4 (let's not talk about the ants!) and I wanted to open it up by taking up the keyboard/track pad assembly so I can inspect it, armed with a nice spray can of air.
posted by semidivine to computers & internet (10 answers total)
I got instructions on how to do this from the internet, specific to my model, and everything was copacetic until I got into the ram compartment where there are two philips head screws, larger than all the other screws holding on the casing, that won't budge. I tried numerous sizes of screw drivers, including a teeny flat head that fit well but almost broke while trying to turn them. I searched already here for a solution, but they all involve measures like solvents or heat that I could not possibly use near the ram. Also using needle nose pliers or screw pliers is out because the screws are so close to the wall of the recessed ram compartment. There's also the epoxy/allen wrench trick, but I'm nervous about the tight space and epoxy going where it will mess things up. Does anybody have any experience with this? An apple technician maybe? I need help.