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    This is so ridiculus.
    iphix's Avatar
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    This is so ridiculus.
    I'm so angry.

    I spend a week getting the tools and parts I need to repair my iBook.
    Open it up, I can't even take out the screws without them getting stripped, and they're in there so tight, and the metal is so **** cheap.

    I can't even take them out to work on my iBook. I have no idea what to do now.

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    deus_ex_machina's Avatar
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    is this a new or used ibook?

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    This is so ridiculus.
    iphix's Avatar
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    Used 600 g3.
    got it off ebay couple months ago.

    the inverter board when out on it, and i got the new part to install, but i can't get in the **** thing bc the screws are too tight, and one was stripped in the RAM shield, so i can't get it out, and there's another one I stripped on accident.

    Honestly, the metal of the screws are so cheap.

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    This is so ridiculus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iphix
    Used 600 g3.
    got it off ebay couple months ago.

    the inverter board when out on it, and i got the new part to install, but i can't get in the **** thing bc the screws are too tight, and one was stripped in the RAM shield, so i can't get it out, and there's another one I stripped on accident.

    Honestly, the metal of the screws are so cheap.
    I don't know what to tell you - I don't have an iBook around, so I'm unsure how common the screws are to replace, if they get stripped. Saw this on eBay:
    http://search.ebay.com/ibook-screws_W0QQfkrZ1QQfnuZ1
    good luck

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    This is so ridiculus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deus_ex_machina
    I don't know what to tell you - I don't have an iBook around, so I'm unsure how common the screws are to replace, if they get stripped. Saw this on eBay:
    http://search.ebay.com/ibook-screws_W0QQfkrZ1QQfnuZ1
    good luck
    that's nice and all, but that isn't the point.
    i can't get the screws OUT to replace the inverter board.

    it really has me down. I want to smash it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iphix
    that's nice and all, but that isn't the point.
    i can't get the screws OUT to replace the inverter board.

    it really has me down. I want to smash it.
    Well we're sorry if Apple made the computer sturdy:p

    Joking aside, make sure you have the correct size screw driver. Be patient with it and don't force your way in, that's a sure way to break it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamindaines
    Well we're sorry if Apple made the computer sturdy:p

    Joking aside, make sure you have the correct size screw driver. Be patient with it and don't force your way in, that's a sure way to break it.
    Well, they could've made it sturdy with quality screws - No joke

    And trust me, i've got the right sized screwdriver and the right sized torx.
    i would be sturdy with it, but there is no way i can get this screw out, i'm stuck.
    and i really want to use my ibook.

    it's actually making me kind of sad. I used money for parts, etc. And I can't use them.

    And this isn't just me with this problem, i've looked at a lot of forums, sites and a lot of people had the same problem, 'cept they have newer computers, so they more than likely turn it into apple and have the repair it for free, but that's also minimal, because most apple people blame it on you for damaging their lame screws.

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    Well, one thing to keep in mind is that the iBooks were never intended on being end user-servicable. Period. For this reason iBooks are put together in such a manner not only for the asthetics of design, but also to discourage "tinkering".

    Still, I have taken apart iBooks in the past and I find that a battery-powered driver works best. It has more torque than you would be able to get with just your hands, and still isn't so powerful as to ruin the screws. I would suggest getting your hands on one of them and giving it a go with that.
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    Does anyone know what I can do about trying to get the stripped screws out?

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    Grab the head with pliers and turn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    Grab the head with pliers and turn?
    lol, i couldn't get a grip on that tny thing with pliers

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    This is so ridiculus.
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    What I have done many times is use a real small Jewelers Screwdriver and pry under the screw and then use another driver to screw it out. It's always worked for me on screws like that.

    I will almost BET someone else has been in there at one time and stripped out the screws as I doubt it came that way brand new. It will take a REAL small tipped driver. Work it around and pry up will turning the screw out.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7
    What I have done many times is use a real small Jewelers Screwdriver and pry under the screw and then use another driver to screw it out. It's always worked for me on screws like that.

    I will almost BET someone else has been in there at one time and stripped out the screws as I doubt it came that way brand new. It will take a REAL small tipped driver. Work it around and pry up will turning the screw out.

    Hope that helps.
    Tell me if this sounds like a dumb idea.
    but i thought about using a small rod and some jb weld on the screw, and try turing it with pliers.

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    powdered graphite. They make it to stick in locks to lubricate them, but it also works with stripped screws. You basically spray the graphite onto the top of the screw, and it fills in the stripped parts and makes it easy to turn, make sure you push the screwdriver all the way down into the graphite, and turn SLOWLY, and it should work.

    I did this when I had a stereo go out on me with screws that were inside the hole making it impossible to use anything else, took a while but I got the screws out

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondagus87
    powdered graphite. They make it to stick in locks to lubricate them, but it also works with stripped screws. You basically spray the graphite onto the top of the screw, and it fills in the stripped parts and makes it easy to turn, make sure you push the screwdriver all the way down into the graphite, and turn SLOWLY, and it should work.

    I did this when I had a stereo go out on me with screws that were inside the hole making it impossible to use anything else, took a while but I got the screws out
    ok, thanks.
    i might try that/

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