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Stripped Screw - Early 2009 MacBook

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In the process of replacing the optical drive on my early 2009 MacBook 5,2, I stripped this tiny little screw near the RAM slots. I tried everything ifixit suggested in their video already. Nothing worked. Is there any other suggestions? Maybe cutting the bracket?

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The screw is replaceable the bracket is not!

First you’ll need to clean the area of the corrosion from the leaked battery. Try some white vinegar using a moistened cotton swab (Q-Tip)

This screw does have a slight head. I would try grabbing the edge of the screw with a pair of pliers which have a serrated jaw. If that fails then you’ll need to cut a slot into the screen head so a straight blade screwdriver can grab the screw.

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