1. Mandikiri

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    So long story short, my switch for the past couple days has been getting extremely hot whenever I play. To the point it goes to sleep mode if it gets too hot. So I figured I ordered a fan and thermal paste to open it, everything is going well until I get to one specific screw. I noticed that it was a bit stripped but I proceed to try to take it off, as I kept trying it ended up in a very bad shape, I ended stripping the hell out of the screw as you guys can see. The other screws are fine since I was very careful.

    But I have tried many things to take it off and I can't. I've read to drill a hole in it but I do not know which tools to use. Was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction to the tools to take this screw off.
     

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  2. Snomannen_kalle

    Snomannen_kalle GBAtemp Regular
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    I would use a pillar drill -- that way you ensure that the drill only moves down into the screw and doesn't mess up your shell, and you can easily and very precisely decide how deep into the screw you want to drill. If there are any hackerspaces near you, they might have one
     
  3. linuxares

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    First and easiest method is to use a wide and thick rubberband. Put the screwdriver in it and try to turn it.
    Sometimes a flathead can unscrew what have happened here. But you really make sure it fits snuggly so it won't damage the screw more.

    One extreme method you can use is superglue. Make sure the glue gets in the screw hole and no where else, then put in a Philips head, and slowly turn it. You will need to apply some pressure.
     
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    I saw someone solder another screw to the top of the stripped screw and when set; unscrews it from the top screw.

    lol.
     
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    Drilling is the last resort and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you know what you’re doing. I’d try pressing a rubber band into the hole (though I’ve personally never had success with this method), super glue, then soldering. If everything fails then it’s time to bring out the drill.
     
  6. Lucif3r

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    Soldering another screw on top of another screw can work... However, the risk is fairly high you melt the plastic the screw is screwed into, causing even more damage. Theres also a risk of the solder finding its way downwards, and in turn seizes the screw even more in its place.

    I would definitely use a drill over soldering. You only need to drill the head of the screw after all, once the head is gone and you got the device taken apart, you can unscrew the body of the screw with pliers.
     
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    Would you redirect me which drill on Amazon I should use? Just want to make sure I buy the correct one.
     
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    First thing I would try is to use a flathead screwdriver, by the look of your picture it looks like it would work easily (just need to find a flathead with the correct size).
     
  9. Mandikiri

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    I've tried multiple flatheads. None of them worked.

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    Which drill bits would you recommend?
     
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    Reposted from another thread.
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/switch-side-rail.550522/page-2





     
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  11. Snomannen_kalle

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    As the others in this thread has already said, you should only use this method as a last resort. That said -- I am sorry to say, I don't really know anything about drills; when I had this problem, I used the drill in the local hackerspace where I live. Something like this is what I used, but I imagine something smaller (e.g. a drill stand like this one) might suffice. You might want to google a bit and read around
     
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    Gosh that is the wrong screw to strip since it is center one, for future use a kit that is design for the switch teardown like this, as for that stripped screw not sure if there an extractor bit small enough for the screw size.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HG3P9CM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    Looks pretty square to me, i'd get a robertson screw driver set and try that.
     
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    Micro GraBit, Seem good for small screws. Be careful.


    Some other tricks





    Edit: Added another vid.
     
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    Just wanted to chime in and report to OP that this worked for me in the past.
     
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