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18Aug/06Off

Screwed…

I received my sticks of RAM yesterday (2 gigs! woooo!) for the MacBook Pro from Other World and made the mistake of waiting until I was nearly exhausted and out of any remnants of mental energy to attempt the transplant. I'll readily admit that I'm not much for monkeying with hardware whenever I can avoid it. My old job that was unofficially called 'Software Support' was a pretty apt description of what I am best at. I can't back up and restore hardware and it costs too much money. If you're a friend that lives in my vicinity then I've probably wrangled hardware advice out of you at least once in the past. Now comes one that I'm a little stumped by:

So, upgrading RAM in these machines is allegedly really easy. You just remove the battery then remove three screws to access the RAM slots. The trouble with this operation is that removing the screws is nearly impossible. They're 00 screws to begin with which necessitates digging out the cheap little toolkit I bought a long time ago for a similar purpose like installing RAM in one of the less used laptops. They worked wonderfully that time excepting the crazy red marks that remained on my palm for a week afterward. The screws in this machine are infuriating because they are simultaneously tiny (not one but two zeroes for god's sake) and also have incredibly shallow cuts in the head. This effect is enhanced by them being driven in so tightly that I feel like I need to apply a fair degree of body weight just to summon up enough torque to slot the screwdriver head.

Maybe there are other folks richer and more foolhardy than me but I'm really unwilling to lean in to the back of this machine with a screwdriver. As my elbow wobbles all over the place on the first attempt and I notice that I am applying a whole lotta pressure to what might as well be nicks in the top of the screw which is a few spare inches away from the processor. How many pieces of metal do you need between you and your RAM?

The question that I think I'm asking is whether or not there is a good way to approach this problem without:

A) having the screwdriver slip and punching a hole through one of the more delicate surfaces of the machine

B) stripping the screws out entirely which wouldn't be that difficult to do given the depths of the cuts and how disastrous it would be since they're tiny screws that are much stronger than me driven into their paths by satanic emissaries with microscopic power tools.

I'll admit that I didn't do a whole lot of searching around for answers if only because that late hour I had grave doubts about my cheap tool set and I was also a little afraid that I might get some stupid fatigue-fogged idea in my head and skewer my chipset in the process. Anyone have a line on a fission powered 00 screwdriver they want to loan me?

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