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Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: Sam*
Date: July 15, 2007 12:00PM
Uggh, laptops!

Bought some RAM from OWC, came incredably quickly. The Apple Site says to get access to the RAM I need a Philips 00. That didnt' work, I came to a website that an eyeglasses fixing screwdriver will work. IT seems to fit in but it's a bad quality one and I can't get any torgue from from the handle and the screws seem like they are in tight.

Any suggestions on getting the sucker open?

Sam*
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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 15, 2007 12:03PM
go to sears and buy a 00 screwdriver, about $2.49





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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: July 15, 2007 12:04PM
Phillips #00 should work, but the problem is usually that the handle is too large causing the screwdriver in at an angle.

I nave used the shaft only.

Sears is a great source for specialty tools--Take it with you to get one that will work
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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: Buzz
Date: July 15, 2007 12:09PM
just go to the tool department at your nearest Sears and grab a "real" #00 Phillips...




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and then there's times when it's really better.



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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 15, 2007 12:14PM
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Ken Sp.
Phillips #00 should work, but the problem is usually that the handle is too large causing the screwdriver in at an angle.

I nave used the shaft only.

Sears is a great source for specialty tools--Take it with you to get one that will work

Take the new RAM too, and do the entire RAM swap at Sears, while "evaluating" the screw driver. smiling smiley
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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: pipiens
Date: July 15, 2007 01:04PM
OWC sells a tool kit with all the common small stuff - $12.95

[eshop.macsales.com]



Their memory installation videos are here:

[eshop.macsales.com]
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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: July 15, 2007 01:07PM
Sears, Radio Shack, Microcenter...

If you were using the right tool, you wouldn't be having this trouble.

Remember, you need a "00" and not a "0" -- lots of people have a "0" hanging around somewhere and think that's gonna work, but it will only strip the screw.
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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 15, 2007 01:42PM
i bought this -- comes in a nice pouch -- then added some nice torx -- 6, 7, 8

[www.sears.com]
this looks nice as well

[www.sears.com]





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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: haikuman
Date: July 15, 2007 02:13PM
I spent about 50cents for a 00 bit at a tool store in Wa. State last April.
I used just the bit only to undo the screws. The angle can be a problem if
what your using exceeds the work space. *(:>*
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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: rz
Date: July 15, 2007 07:47PM
I was lucky enough to have a set of really tiny screwdrivers that I got at some computer trade show. I use the flat ones to adjust my glasses. Had never used the phillips until I did the RAM swap on my Macbook.
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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 16, 2007 04:17AM
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haikuman
... The angle can be a problem if what your using exceeds the work space. *(:>*

A pair of these will really open up your workspace and allow unfettered access to that pesky screw. smiling smiley





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Re: Screwdriver to Open Ram area for MacBook
Posted by: Sam*
Date: July 19, 2007 09:43AM
Thanks to everyone.

I took the 00 Philips back to the hardware store where I bought and the worker there (it's a neighborhood hardware store, they actually have people there to help you -- amazing) looked at the screwdriver and saw that it was totally defective.

He gave me another one and it worked.

It was still somewhat unnerving, first my 50 year old eyes can't see what's going on and I have to use a magnifying glass - really awkward.

Even weirder is that I couldn't "feel" the screwdriver "grabbing" the screw, even though it was.

I definitely like working inside my G4 Tower a lot more than opening up a pesky lap top!

Oh, and by the way, what a HUGE DIFFERENCE upping a MacBook from 512 MB to 2 GB. My daughter and I had stopped using OS X's great user switching ability because it was so slow and performance was so bad if one person had left stuff open. Now it is so fast. And really annoying things like it taking 30 seconds for the MacBook to shutdown are totally fixed -- maybe about 4 seconds now. I can't believe I waited 11 months to do this. At least the price has gone down $100 in the year that I waited.

Again, thanks so much,

Sam*
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