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Help with stuck screws in Laptop


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Un1234l

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I have a IIRC 2005/2006 build of a Compaq Presario R4000 Notebook PC.

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
So one day I bought WD40 after hearing that it could solve my problem.

It didn't.

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.
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Pictures would help
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Very in-depth and detailed images are found in the product manual I linked to in the first post.

Again though, the link is here: http://h10032.www1.h...l/c00364919.pdf


As no one seems to be able to help, maybe it would help if I said it this way:

I'm wishing to take a stuck screw out of a recessed hole on my Laptop PC. I cannot use a powerdrill or anything that vibrates as I am afraid it will damage the hard disk, or damage my PC.
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