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Question About Screws - 08-29-2009, 11:46 PM

Does any one know what size + type of screws are used in the Mini 9?

(I would like to get some extra screws & don't know what to get.)


Also, how do you remove them without them getting stripped? after they're somewhat stripped?

Thanks for your help. :-)

I forgot to add that I am having a hard time getting out the screws, especially for the SSD & need tips. One screw comes out easily without a hitch & the other furthest away from the battery is absolute HELL in BOTH of the minis I have....
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Default 08-30-2009, 12:39 AM

There are several threads on this. User gospeed.racer sells some replacement screws that are supposedly easier to remove. Dell uses Loctite (removable) on the screws, which prevents them from backing out, but can also make them hard to remove. For best results, use a good quality #0 Philips screwdriver and apply firm downward pressure while you turn.

If you have stripped the head, most people have success using a Dremel tool to cut a slot in the head and using a flat-blade screwdriver. You want to make sure that no metal filings short out the circuit boards.


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Default 08-30-2009, 01:15 AM

Thanks for the info! I had searched the forum & hadn't found any thing. Where are these threads?? In the meantime, I will go look again + look up the user you mentioned. I checked the guides section where there is info on the parts & there was nothing there about the size.

~sigh~ I did use a #0 like you said in http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/dell...de-w-pics.html . That's the only reason I bothered attempted to remove the screws in the 1st place. (I knew exactly what to use.)

I got out the screws on the back panel, one screw from the SSD, the screws on the WLAN card & some other screws on the Mini. When they were tough, a needle-nosed pliers helped greatly with no problems.

I don't know how I could still end up not being able to get the screw out when I used the proper tools. Maybe I should have tried Frearson bits instead of Philips? I don't know....

Thanks again! :-)
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Default 08-30-2009, 01:49 PM

In my opinion, having unscrewed various components from three minis, even using the correct tools and technique, there are some screws (not all) which will not budge even then.


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Default 08-30-2009, 02:47 PM

It varies. I have not had trouble with the screws in my Mini.


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Default 08-30-2009, 10:30 PM

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It varies. I have not had trouble with the screws in my Mini.
Nor have I, neither the SSD nor the modem.
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Default 08-30-2009, 11:36 PM

Here is my thread for the screws: http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/sale...ve-screws.html

I am out of town, however, until after the holiday. The biggest advantage to my screws is the very deep head, which allows the driver to sink in further providing more contact area.
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Default 08-31-2009, 01:03 AM

Too bad they didn't use Torx screws for these.


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Default 08-31-2009, 01:36 AM

I had (and can get more) allen head, but the problem is at that point most people would need to buy a driver for it, so there are additional costs. Sure, and allen wrench isnt much money, but still...

Torx would be sweet, but again, same story
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