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I'm having a problem with my 2009 Mac Pro computer. It's hard to know what the source of the issue is but I believe the power unit is dead. The trouble is I can't get it out of the aluminum processor cage because one of the screws is stripped. I need to remove the stripped screw to get in there to check the condition of the PSU.

I've tried some basic methods. Using a rubber band to grant some additional leverage. Hammering in a larger sized allen key in an attempt to create a new impression. The hole is completely hollow, no purchase whatsoever.

Do you have any suggestions to help?
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Welding an allen key to the screw is out of the question as there are delicate components inside. I tried epoxy glue. It didn't work. Among the last solutions I can think of are drilling and cutting a notch with a dremel to twist with a flat head screwdriver.
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>>1311229
A drill would make it spin in place desu, a sidecutting wheel on a Dremel is the way to go faggot
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>>1311293
What's wrong with it spinning in place? That's what I want it to do. To unscrew it.
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>>1311210
>Mac Pro computer
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>>1311210
try using a very small chisel or punch to drive it around. in extremis, get a REALLY sharp cold chisel and cut the head right off.
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>>1311307
Literally no PC lasts 9 years.
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>>1311305
Have you ever use a drill you fucking faggot? It turns it right. "Righty tighty lefty loosey"
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left handed drill bits are a thing for a reason. There are times you can't use an ez-out.
I've gotten those speedout/grabit style extractors to work on a laptop before. They're the ones that have 2 ends and go in drills
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>>1311327
What is lefthand twist bit screws.
Or you can try an easy out first.
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>>1311326
Maybe if you are retarded or something.
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>>1311229
Lol at the retards suggesting hammering it with a chisel or drilling it.

Use a dremel and cut a notch, then unscrew with flat screwdriver.
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>>1311400
>Use a dremel and cut a notch
make sure all that powdered metal and abrasive dust is evenly distributed on the motherboard
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>>1311327
Switch it to reverse.
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>>1311326
which is why you make them with easy to replace parts.

The only thing applel does good is upset yuropoors who get booty blasted by americas total tech domination.

Also just dremel a slot in the stripped screw.
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>>1311428
You are right. I am going to sell the computer when I get it up and running.
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>>1311210
those bad boys look like they're sticking out a fair bit, they're pretty fat screws
you might be able to get it started with a vice grip or locking jaw
else you can try to use a robertson screwdriver and push hard enough to make it catch (good luck if you slip though because you'll sent it straight through your computer)
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>>1311210
Take a plastic pen,get the ink out,heat the tip and then push it in the screw. Congrats,you now have a plastic screwdriver for exactly that screw.
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>>1311327
Ever heard of a speed extractor, faggot? It drill counter clockwise so when it grabs it removes the stuck screw.
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>>1311481
It's completely hollowed out. There's no resistance if you were to stick it to the inner walls.
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>>1311326
I have four pc's from 2008 or older that still work. I'm putting linux on them and going to start playing with sysadmin tools to get gud. Your mac isn't special. You bought a meme.
>in b4 linux is a meme too!!!
yeah but it's a free one.
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>>1311408
use a shop vac.
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>>1311487
Well...then you should give the dremmel thing a try.
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>>1311536
(Still me) whatever you decide to do,good luck my friend.
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>>1311326
Well, so far I had to replace a broken screen on my W530, and upgraded the HDD to SSD, but nothing has outright failed. I see no reason I won't get at least 10 years easy from it. Used Lenovos are pretty popular, you know.
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>>1311544
Yeah,but you don't have the constraints imposed by apple when it comes to lennys.
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>>1311538
>(Still me) whatever you decide to do,good luck my friend.
Cheers. The thing is I'd have to buy a dremel because I don't have one. They are 60€ minimum on eBay and would take two weeks minimum to arrive.
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>>1311648
That kind of sucks,but it might be worth it.
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>>1311326
of course they do, you homo.
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>>1311293
>A drill would make it spin in place desu, a sidecutting wheel on a Dremel is the way to go faggot
You can bore out the screw anyway whether it spins left or right.
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>>1311648
No, there are cheap chink rotary tools on amazon, check it out, you might be able to get one for 30€.
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>>1311876
>No, there are cheap chink rotary tools on amazon, check it out, you might be able to get one for 30€.
Thanks. I'll check it out. Although I'm thinking I might use this opportunity to buy a good brand name tool. Especially when I consider the fact I don't want the disk to come loose at 30000 rpm and cut my face open.
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>>1312253
That's not an angle grinder mate, not enough strength to fuck your face up, althought it can damage your eyes, so wear glasses.

Anyway, yeah, get something by dremel, proxxon, black and decker and known brand stuff if you want, it'll last more probably and you'll get more uses out of it, consider it an investment. They are not that expensive, at least in my country, check out this deal: https://www.amazon.es/Black-Decker-RT650KA-QS-Herramienta-accesorios/dp/B004QWACNI/

the tool and 87 fucking accesories for 56€, plus a briefcase.
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>>1311326
Mine literally has, and is still going
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>>1311497
Seconding this. I rarely/never vidya, so my ancient linux desktop works fine, and i assembled it in 2007. I also have a server PC at work built from various old spares some time early 2000's
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>>1311210
>mac
Found your problem

Make a slot in screw and unscrew it with flat screwdriver
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>>1311326
yes they do

but after a decade it doesn't hurt to get something new unless you've been updating parts periodically
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>>1312324
Bought a Dremel and it broke in a month. Try the wen brand from amazon, was like 15$ and is still working two years later.
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>>1311497
>>1312374
>>1312335
They work but they're shit whereas music/graphics studios are still buying old Mac Pros. You have to admit that Apple did used to release cutting edge technology.
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>>1311210
>Being poor
>Buying apple
Kek the poor man's choice is not to by apple shit cause it cannot be repaired soyboy next time get a business grade laptop
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>>1312380
Yeah, I heard bad stuff about dremel, I have a proxxon myself.
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>>1311428
>upset yuropoors who get booty blasted by americas total tech domination
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>>1312324
Gracias amigo.
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>>1312397
I bought the computer nine years ago you stupid cunt. My financial situation has changed back and forth multiple times since then. And I'll openly admit it was a mistake to buy. I'm not an Apple fan. But I want to repair my computer so I can retrieve important files on the HD, and then to sell it.
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>>1312411
s/americas total tech domination/chinas total tech domination/

Burgerpeople these days ...
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Toothbrush and a lighter heat up tooth brush jam it in hole Gg
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>>1311305
You can buy left-handed drill bits for precisely that purpose. They are under ten dollars. Either you succeed in drilling off the head or unscrewing the screw.

t. mechanic and machinist.
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>>1311293
>>1311381
/thread
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ITT : Bitter cunts who cant afford superior Mac computers
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>>1311210
cutting a notch with a dremel to twist with a flat head screwdriver is the way to go, its the only solution ive found that works with stripped screws




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