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    ThinkPad E490s: Need to replace a stripped screw, need advice..

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    by jacklaverty94 ·

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    Hey,

    I’ve been meaning to fix the issue for a while. I just need to know what is the best way to get them out. They’re not that bad apart from one which is going to be very hard. Anyway, my point is because the screws are sunk and locked into the back of the laptop does this mean that however I go about this the case will also need replacing? I’m not too worried if it does, I’m just trying to work out the best way to do this without doing more damage to the Thinkpad.

    Idea 1 is I just undo all the other screws unclip the case and slowly maneuver the screw and back panel away. Would this work?

    If it’s not that it has to be extracted.

    There is work that it needs but I need to fix this before I can do anything else.

    Thanks, everyone.

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    • #4191337

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      by lucasbrownfromuk ·

      In reply to ThinkPad E490s: Need to replace a stripped screw, need advice..

      Ah, the delicate dance of dismantling a ThinkPad. Fear not, for extracting a stubborn screw requires finesse. Here’s a game plan:

      Idea 1 is a cunning strategy. Remove the comrades, unclip the case with surgical precision, and coax the mischievous screw out of its hiding place. A dance of screws, if you will. However, brace yourself for potential resistance, as the reluctant one might put up a fight.

      If Idea 1 falters, enter Idea 2: Extraction. Employ the gentle touch of a screw extractor, a tool designed for such endeavors. Apply steady pressure, coaxing the stripped screw to reveal its secrets. It’s a surgical procedure for laptops, with precision akin to disarming a bomb—albeit less explosive.

      Now, regarding the potential sacrifice of the back panel: think of it as a noble sacrifice for the greater good. If it must be replaced, so be it. The ThinkPad shall emerge stronger, like a phoenix rising from the ashes of stripped screws.

      In this techno-epic, perseverance is your sword, and patience is your shield. May your hands be steady, and your ThinkPad revived in glory!

    • #4191715

      ThinkPad E490s: Need to replace a stripped screw, need advice..

      by jamesoleg2 ·

      In reply to ThinkPad E490s: Need to replace a stripped screw, need advice..

      Hello,

      If the screws on your ThinkPad are sunk and locked into the back of the laptop, attempting to remove them without damaging the case can be challenging. Here are a few suggestions:

      Carefully Unclipping the Case:

      If there are clips holding the case together, you can try unclipping the case after removing the other screws. Go slowly and gently to avoid damaging the case. However, this might not be possible if the screws are obstructing the case.
      Extracting the Stuck Screw:

      If the screw is stuck, consider using a rubber band or a piece of cloth between the screwdriver and the screw to get a better grip. Applying a bit of heat to the area (using a hairdryer, for example) might also help loosen the screw.
      Professional Assistance:

      If the screws are still difficult to remove, it might be worth seeking professional help, like taking the laptop to a certified technician who can safely extract the screws without causing further damage.
      Before attempting any solution, it’s crucial to assess the situation carefully and decide on the best course of action based on the specific conditions of your ThinkPad. If the case does need replacement, it’s advisable to do so carefully to avoid additional damage.

      Hope this helps, and good luck with the repair!

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      by rasheedfarrukh700 ·

      In reply to ThinkPad E490s: Need to replace a stripped screw, need advice..

      Unscrew other screws, unclip case, maneuver panel. If that doesn’t work, extract the screw. Replace the case if needed.

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