Model A1286. Released February 2011 / 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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Wireless Card Bracket Screw Replaced with Rivet?!

Hey everybody, I just got my new 2011 Thunderbolt 15" Unibody Macbook, and immediately opened it up to install an Optibay. I just pulled this out of the previous model MacBook I had (the 2010). SURPRISE. The wireless bracket that must be removed to access the optical drive is secured with... 1 screw.. right... 2 screws.. right, and then, as I go to remove the third screw (in the upper R "wing" portion of the bracket), I notice it is very, very stripped. Wait. It is not a screw. It is a RIVET. Not a Torx, not something fancy, a weird rivet-looking thing that is impervious to every tool I own. Apart from cutting the bracket in half, how do I get to the last screw to pull out the optical drive? W - T - F Apple.


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Yeah, it turned out they were stripped screws. I guess the teenagers in the factory in China are stripping screws now.

I was able to remove one with a lot of patience and force, and the other I drilled out. If I recall a third did not want to go anywhere, so I left it in there and just did without the additional security of it.

All in all, the HD swap went fine. I had some old screws lying around and used those.

But I mean come ON!!

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Please check the teardown on this, they also found a stripped screw: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Teardown

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This should be covered under your warranty and I'd avoid voiding it.


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I'd drill the sucker out. Very carefully though.

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