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tezza
February 14th, 2008, 06:52 PM
Hi,

I got given two Mac Powerbooks (145b)s the other day. One is fine, but the other has a shonky power socket. I need to open the case to fix it, but the screws seem to be non-standard. Is there a special "Mac" screwdriver needed to open these things? Are such things common?

tezza
February 15th, 2008, 01:12 AM
After a bit of web searching I think I've found the answer. I need a Torx screwdriver.

NathanAllan
February 15th, 2008, 01:33 AM
if your mac is like my mac (520c) then there are a lot of screws holding that thing together. Macs can be fun, sometimes. Torx are pretty common, too, you should be able to find them easy (tho not sure about NZ).

Nathan

nige the hippy
February 15th, 2008, 03:10 AM
if you can, get a set of "tamper-proof" torx bits, they are more universal.
If you ever need to fix a compaq, you'll DEFINITELY need them then ;-)>

Terry Yager
February 15th, 2008, 03:12 AM
if you can, get a set of "tamper-proof" torx bits, they are more universal.
If you ever need to fix a compaq, you'll DEFINITELY need them then ;-)>

I usually just take a small punch and break off the center pin. Now those one-way slotted screws are a different matter.

--T

Druid6900
February 15th, 2008, 07:06 PM
Knowing Apple, it'll be some sub-torx10 size, so, you might have to get a 6 from a place that sells tools to take cell phones apart.

tezza
February 16th, 2008, 02:48 AM
if you can, get a set of "tamper-proof" torx bits, they are more universal.
If you ever need to fix a compaq, you'll DEFINITELY need them then ;-)>

Thanks for the advice. This is just what I did today and in no time at all I was looking at the innards of a powerbook.

Didn't actually manage to fix the dodgy power socket though. Never mind, it was one of two that were give to me (the other one is fine) and it was fun trying.

I also used those tools to open up the comapq SLT-286. Boy, were they needed!....but that's another story. :)