Back in May when I wanted to clean the dust out of my fans, apply new thermal paste, upgrade my memory, and all that other jazz, I brought the screwdriver out to disassemble my PC. I was following the removal procedures from my laptop's product manual (link here). On the second step, I was stumped.
Please refer to the manual if you need to have a good image of my system.
Even with the help of 3 friends, we couldn't get one of the hard disk screws to turn, though other screw was fine. The bottom-left screw is wedged in there (page 97/221 in the manual). Its head isn't stripped, but the threads could be. We suspected that:
- the threads are rusted
- the threads are stripped
- the threads got welded together to the PC due to high temperatures
- my brother tightened the screw too much during the last disassembly date
As well, MORE screws are like that. Since I can take off the cover of the external memory module (page 101), I have access to a fan screw that won't turn. Some on the exterior as well. Not one of them would budge. And I made the hard disk problem worse by stripping the head of the screw.
I do not want to use the superglue + screwdriver method, or a dremel (Dremel's impossible to use for my laptop's design). I tried looking for a screw extractor small enough for my laptop's screw AND case design.. and no luck.
I would really appreciate some good advice. I'm really mentally exhausted from this.