Sorry for that topic title !! But thats the situation I am in now.
This might come at the low end of hardware issues too , but this has left me crippled in solving my issue. Hence the post.
I have a IBM Thinkpad 600E. Now its an old but been been running well and fine except for the trackpoint having an issue. I had updated the BIOS to disable the trackpoint. But some years back I had this issue and the service centre I gave it to, removed the keyboard and seated it well and the trackpoint was fine.
When it happened again I didnt bother to take it back there and was ok bypassing that by disabling it in BIOS and working with an external mouse. When it got to be a pain, I thought I will remove the keyboard and remove the connection seating and seat it well ( The reason I think my trackpoint still should work is because it moves up and down but misses the sidewise motion so I think it has to be do with the cable connection at the bottom of the keyboard).
I removed the screws from the bottom of the laptop but one screw has lost its teeth !! Apparently I guess the service centre had either used force on it or perhaps used a screw driver meant for heavier jobs and it chipped of the head of the screw. A little grip was remaining which when I tried to pull it out, faded off. Now what I have is a screw with a round hole on the top where it should have had the teeth to grip on tothe screw driver. To cut the story short, I now cannot remove this screw at all. Because of which I simply cant remove the keyboard and solve the trackpoint issue.
Has anyone come across such issue ? I researched and some say there is a way you can microweld a screw head on top of such screws and then use the welded head to pry the whole thing out, and get a new one in place.
Is this possible and if so where can I get this done ? Does the normal service centres do this ?
I guess else, the only way out is buy a casing and keyboard on ebay, rip out the current casing which is held on with the screw, and assemble the whole thing in - just to solve a trackpoint the hardway !
Cosmetic - If you use the IBM thinkpad, there is a black nylon coated cover to all the screw heads to hide the ugly screws and give a continuity to the black color of the thinkpad. Just like manhole covers.However these are stuck on with some glue. Since I removed them during this exercise, how do I stick them on. Is there a special glue for this or do I use the office glue (want to make sure that this will stick on despite the heat from the underside). I dont wanna use the permanent glue that you use to glue in broken stuff since I might have to unscrew them later on, who knows.
Truly "screwed" in :-(
If anyone can suggest anything than ripping this stuff out, let me know
Thanks a lot guys for your patience.