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Screw fell out of the back of the laptop and got lost (they are tiny). This one was right by the rear hinge and it needs to be there for the laptop to open properly. No idea what happened.
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Re: Birthday gift for me [System 76 Darter Pro]

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MurphCID wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:06 pm
Screw fell out of the back of the laptop and got lost (they are tiny). This one was right by the rear hinge and it needs to be there for the laptop to open properly. No idea what happened.
Yeah, it's amazing how those itty-bitty screws can just vanish when dropped. I found a vendor that sells itty-bitty screws for laptops when I was looking for replacements screws for my machine that had screws with the wrong thread pitch for installing 2.5" drives (mutter, mutter, mumble, mumble) and a screw to hold down M.2 SSDs (more muttering and mumbling; they only provided one but there are places for two M.2 drives). While I was at it, I ordered extra screws of the ones I'm likely to be removing in case I ever drop one (of course, now that I have the extra screws, I won't drop any).

https://www.metricscrews.us/index.php?m ... oqbdud3cj0

You will have to measure the other screw(s) to find out what size you need. I used a digital caliper for that. They aren't very expensive (you can get one good enough for this kind of work for less than $50) and will give readouts in fractional Imperial, decimal Imperial, or Metric. I have two of them and they are handier than sliced bread. Try to avoid the really cheap ones with plastic jaws.
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Re: Birthday gift for me [System 76 Darter Pro]

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Thanks! I have covered all the remaining screws with Elmers glue to help keep them in. I have never had this happen before.
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MurphCID wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:06 pm
Screw fell out of the back of the laptop and got lost (they are tiny).
I tend to bag-up the screws from old scraptops as they can come in handy in cases like this. Too easy to lose! Luckily the ones in my Thinkpad turned out to be captive (mostly).

I was using my Acer for quite a while with no case screws … :roll:
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Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:29 am
Thanks! I have covered all the remaining screws with Elmers glue to help keep them in. I have never had this happen before.
The panel screws in my Clevo made System 76 laptop all had blue Loctite applied to the ends of the threads so I'm amazed your laptop's screw fell out. Blue Loctite will do a pretty good job of keeping screws in--better than Elmer's--yet they still can be removed with extra effort (it really helps to have some really small screwdrivers; just don't go too small). It only takes a tiny amount on the end of the threads (wipe off any excess before installing the screw. Even after removing a screw that had blue Loctite installed, it still will help to keep a screw from falling out when reinstalled, just not quite as well. Any home center, hardware, or auto parts store should have it and a small squeeze tube is not very expensive. Do NOT use red Loctite; that stuff is permanent!

Another trick is to use clear nail polish on the threads but that's not as good as blue Loctite.
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Just got an email from System 76 and they are sending screws. Very nice of them. I will absolutely use Loc-Tite Blue, Thank you.
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Do they also have replacements for users with loose screws? :wink:
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antikythera wrote:
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Do they also have replacements for users with loose screws? :wink:
LOL doubtful.
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antikythera wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Do they also have replacements for users with loose screws? :wink:
I wish. I would be first in line to get replacements for my loose screws! :wink:
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Lady Fitzgerald wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:44 pm
antikythera wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Do they also have replacements for users with loose screws? :wink:
I wish. I would be first in line to get replacements for my loose screws! :wink:
Me shortly after. I can repair a PC but my own chassis is way beyond repair :lol:
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antikythera wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:29 pm
Lady Fitzgerald wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:44 pm
antikythera wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Do they also have replacements for users with loose screws? :wink:
I wish. I would be first in line to get replacements for my loose screws! :wink:
Me shortly after. I can repair a PC but my own chassis is way beyond repair :lol:
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I was at my best physical condition when I was in my late 40s and early 50s. I could put kids half my age to shame when hiking, etc. Around my mid to late 50s, my body wore out, starting with my feet (they are deformed), and it's been a steady decline since then. I've been legally handicapped for around a decade now. My mind is also starting to go but you would think that wouldn't bither me a bot.
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Lady Fitzgerald wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:44 pm
antikythera wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Do they also have replacements for users with loose screws? :wink:
I wish. I would be first in line to get replacements for my loose screws! :wink:
I (technically, in an extreme case) actually could have loose screws in my head .. long story but I do have a Titanium plate in there and I saw the two screws on the X-Ray. :razz:
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BG405 wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:38 pm
Lady Fitzgerald wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:44 pm
antikythera wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Do they also have replacements for users with loose screws? :wink:
I wish. I would be first in line to get replacements for my loose screws! :wink:
I (technically, in an extreme case) actually could have loose screws in my head .. long story but I do have a Titanium plate in there and I saw the two screws on the X-Ray. :razz:
The only screw I have is in my right foot and it's the only part of my body that is tight.
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I really hate waking up with various aches and pains that were not there the night before. Also if I had known about today, I would have taken better care of myself at Fort Benning, and when I was on active duty (Infantry). The abuse of my youth is now demanding the bill be paid.
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Amen brother...lol...My brain says im 18, my license says im 65, my body says im at least 80...lol...due to my cop years as well as my mechanic years...all due no doubt to lots of hard partying after rough, tough, days on the job...DAMIEN
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DAMIEN1307 wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:22 pm
Amen brother...lol...My brain says im 18, my license says im 65, my body says im at least 80...lol...due to my cop years as well as my mechanic years...all due no doubt to lots of hard partying after rough, tough, days on the job...DAMIEN
Me too, plus the mental stress which never seems to go away. I spent 13 years working Major Crimes, mostly sex crimes against kids, so I probably have some PTSD from that (most departments, you only work those types of cases for 2-3 years max). Now three more years as the Sgt. of Internal Affairs/Special Investigations (sensitive ones), after a decade on the road. I'm tired. Been shot at, been stabbed, been beat up, almost been run over, had to jump off a road several times to avoid being struck, been in several wrecks, seen more dead bodies that I ever wanted to see, held the hand of a couple of people as they died so they would not die alone as EMS fought to save them, seen FAR too many abused kids, so I am pretty beat up right now.
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Just assume the PTSD is definitely there...ive got it too...cause?... saw one too many DBs...seeing the kids is the worst though...Shot at a few times but only hit once in Boston...DAMIEN

Ps...I resigned from being "on the job" in 1989 as an LT., and went to mechanics thereafter before my retirement in 2010.
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DAMIEN1307 wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:46 pm
Just assume the PTSD is definitely there...ive got it too...cause?... saw one too many DBs...seeing the kids is the worst though...Shot at a few times but only hit once in Boston...DAMIEN

Ps...I resigned from being "on the job" in 1989 as an LT., and went to mechanics thereafter before my retirement in 2010.
Good for you! I have 26 on, and I told the Spouse-Unit (She Who Must Be Obeyed!) that I am pulling the plug at 28, I can't do this any more.
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(She Who Must Be Obeyed!)
Another "Rumpole" fan...lol...DAMIEN

Ps...She who must be obeyed ?...THATS the problem, Thats why im happily divorced...I never did like dictatorships...lol.
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