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  1. #1
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    GL503VM Heatsink Screw got stripped

    So in my first time opening my laptop (GL503VM) to replace the thermal paste, I was stopped by just one little screw here in the picture
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    The odd thing is that I used the same screwdriver to take off all the screws, big and small, and I even took out the exact same screw that was to the left, but this one just got jammed and it got stripped. I tried other heads, put more pressure, but at one point I felt that I was putting too much pressure on the motherboard that I could break it. (I ended up sneaking the thermal paste syringe from the topside of the heat sink and applied it over the old one, as I couldn't get to it and clean it).

    Now while my temps are much better than before, I might need to repaste it in the future, or I might run into problems down the line for not cleaning the previous paste. So my main question is, is there a way to unscrew that stripped screw?

  2. #2
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array
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    a small flathead perhaps

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    You can try the rubber band method. Place the rubber band between the driver and the stripped head and press hard. It fills the gap and provides a bit of grip.

    If that doesn't work you can use a dab of epoxy to fasten something to the head to try to remove it.
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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array FULLMETALJACKET7's Avatar
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    Try a JIS screwdriver. If that doesn't work, cut a small slot with a dremel and unscrew it with a flat head screwdriver. Stick some masking tape around the area to protect it from metal dust.

    That usually happens when you try to use the wrong size/tip shape screwdriver. That's a JIS screw, not philips.

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