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Anyone know how to get out one of the pentalobe screws that's been rounded off? Literally no size or shape screwdriver will grab!
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    Exclamation Can't get out pentalobe screw!!
    Anyone know how to get out one of the pentalobe screws that's been rounded off? Literally no size or shape screwdriver will grab!

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    I just had this happen on Sunday. Stripped it pretty much instantly and I spent a whole crap load of money on tools to get it out which ended up being useless. Finally got it out with a Phillips head screw drive. Not sure of the size but it was just big enough to sit in the stripped area. After that I pressed as hard as I could while turning and was able to get it to pop up slightly. I had to use tweezers to finish twisting it and I replaced the screw with a phillips afterwards because I HATE the pentalobe screws. They strip too easily. Hope you can get it out/my info was worth something to you.
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    You can also try the rubber band trick. That has worked for me a couple times.
    Get a rubber band. Lay it over screw and try to unscrew it through the rubber band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    You can also try the rubber band trick. That has worked for me a couple times.
    Get a rubber band. Lay it over screw and try to unscrew it through the rubber band.
    Oh wow. What a great tip. I would have never thought of that. I assume it take a good amount of pressure but I can see why that would work. Thanks for the tip Simon!
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    Thanks guys, those are both really good info. I tried the Phillips thing but I don't have one that's both small and sharp enough to grab. The rubber band trick sounds promising though so I'll try that!

    Grr, so all that happened with the rubber bands the screwdrivers keep poking through!

    Any other ideas?
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    Put a small "dash" of super/krazy glue on the screw head. Let it dry then try to unscrew it. Try to get it just on the head of the screw.

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    Push down very firmly on back cover, direction to put it on, towards charging port. The back cover will slide just enough to loosen screw, or give you enough of screwhead so you can grab and turn with tweezers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Put a small "dash" of super/krazy glue on the screw head. Let it dry then try to unscrew it. Try to get it just on the head of the screw.
    I'll have to try this when I get home

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    Push down very firmly on back cover, direction to put it on, towards charging port. The back cover will slide just enough to loosen screw, or give you enough of screwhead so you can grab and turn with tweezers.
    I feel like this might work but I already put a new cover on and I had to force it just to fit in place so I don't think it's going to move any further down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Put a small "dash" of super/krazy glue on the screw head. Let it dry then try to unscrew it. Try to get it just on the head of the screw.
    This worked perfectly! Thanks a bunch for the help guys, definitely switching to Phillips screws after all that trouble!

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    Then "Gorilla Glue" (super glue from hell) should work outstanding in this situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Burrito View Post
    This worked perfectly! Thanks a bunch for the help guys, definitely switching to Phillips screws after all that trouble!
    Glad it worked for you

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    Well since my original problem is solved I'll just ask, is there a full mid frame swap tutorial or at least a teardown to the bare frame for the 4s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Burrito View Post
    This worked perfectly! Thanks a bunch for the help guys, definitely switching to Phillips screws after all that trouble!
    Think that was the point of pentalobe, only meant to be used once. Ifixit sell a replacement kit with a pentalobe screwdriver and replacement Philips screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Burrito View Post
    Well since my original problem is solved I'll just ask, is there a full mid frame swap tutorial or at least a teardown to the bare frame for the 4s?
    Anyone got an answer for this? I really want to do the swap this weekend but I'd rather not just start taking things apart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Burrito View Post
    Anyone got an answer for this? I really want to do the swap this weekend but I'd rather not just start taking things apart
    I've never seen one. They have some good tutorials over at ifixit though. If I were you I'd go through each one until you're fully disassembled. I recommend this order:

    1. Front screen replacement tutorial
    2. Proximity Sensor Flex Cable Tutorial
    3. Front camera replacement tutorial
    4. Mute Switch replacement tutorial
    5. Charging port replacement tutorial

    That should get you all the way. Then just put everything back in the new frame in reverse. That is pretty much exactly the order I use when I swap a frame on the 4S. Just be really careful with the mute switch section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    You can also try the rubber band trick. That has worked for me a couple times.
    Get a rubber band. Lay it over screw and try to unscrew it through the rubber band.
    I opened my first Macbook today with the gold-standard iFixit blue handled pentalobe screwdriver. ($5 off with promo code, woot!)
    Wary of the warnings that it was a 5-point star and not a true pentalobe, I liked your rubber band idea as insurance, but figured the rubber band was too thick.

    I put a small piece of saran wrap over the hole, stuck the pentalobe in and they all came out beautifully.
    I figure the saran wrap is a bit tacky to improve the contact between screwdriver head and screw hole sides, and cushions the metal-on-metal contact to discourage stripping tendencies.
    I think a two ply thickness may work even better.

    Some have spoken of having screwdrivers that aren't a perfect fit and saran wrap layers may fill the gap.
    OR... maybe the screwdriver is just that good... <shrug>
    Last edited by williamjacobs; 09-25-2013 at 11:50 AM.

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