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Missing M.2 screw that I can't identify for MSI MPG B550 Gaming Plus"

I just received a second M.2 SSD that I'm trying to install, but the screw wasn't included in the box and isn't in my motherboard's box. It doesn't help that it looks like an uncommon screw type ...
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Metric screw size for 3.5" HDD [duplicate]

Hey all I am looking to purchase some screws from Amazon for my 3.5" HDDs. Issue being is that the nice ones are all M[x.x] a.k.a. Metric. I know the size of a HDD screw is 6-32x1/4 but I need to ...
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What is this movable NVMe screw and how do I find a replacement?

I bought a used Dell Precision 3450 and want to add some additional NVMe storage. However, one of the drive positions seems to support either 2230 or 2280 and does not come pre-installed with a little ...
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Is there a "PM"/"P" Torx screw or are they always "TM"/"T"?

Is there a "PM"/"P" Torx screw or are they always "TM"/"T"? The reason: The Elitebook 8470p manual mentions two types of screws: Remove the four Torx TM2.5×8.0 ...
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Screw positions in newer 3.5" hard drives do not match older case cage screw positions. Solution?

I want to replace the old 3.5" hdd drive with a new drive but the mounting screw holes on all (?) of the newer drives are in different positions that don't mount correctly. Is there any sort of ...
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What screwdriver do I use for these?

I’m trying to disassemble my computer and the chart below is from the manual. I cannot find any specific M2x1.9, M2x2.5 and such screwdrivers online at any store. Please help. Screws specified by the ...
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Is it ok to "over tighten" laptop heat sink screws? Is it ok for one screw being slightly less tight than the others?

I have the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-53. I have a screw that is tightened but may not be tightened ALL the way since the head is stripped, and I don't want to get a new one until I have to open my laptop ...
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threadlocker destroyed laptop screw holes

Not long ago I decided to use some loctite 222 on the bottom screws of my laptop to keep them from falling out. This was supposed to be a low-strength threadlocker, but yesterday when I tried to open ...
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What screwdriver do I need to remove the fans inside an Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42-R5ED laptop?

I’m not really tech savy, but I need a screwdriver to unscrew my fans and hard drive and I am not too sure what screwdriver I need. This is something I want to unscrew to re-apply the thermal flash ...
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Screws too loose on PSU

I have an older ATX PSU that for some reason has larger mounting screw holes than usual. (Maybe someone tried forcing larger screws at some point and stripped them?) The holes are now too loose. Is ...
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The screw of the SSD that fastens it to the motherboard is broken and the MacBook Air (Mid 2012) does not recognize it

The screw that fastens the SSD to the motherboard was broken and now the MacBook Air (Mid 2012) does not recognize the SSD drive. Also someone glued it with instant glue, even under the screw you see ...
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What kind of screwdriver can unscrew this?

I have never seen a screw head like the one attached. My local hardware store directed me to get different T heads (T6, T8, T10, T15, T20, T25) and try them until I find a match. None of them work ...
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Open round screw in computer case

Unable to open these round screws in my desktop case. Please tell me what these screws are called and how to open them.
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Do the spacers separating CPU cooler from mainboard belong to the cooler or the mainboard?

I want to sell the parts of an old computer on eBay, but am unsure where the four spacing screws separating mainboard and cooler belong to. Do these screws generally come with the mainboard or with ...
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Dimensions of Standoffs and Screws for ATX Motherboard

What are the dimensions for the standoffs and screws used for mounting an ATX motherboard to the computer casing? I'm using them to make my own motherboard mounting plate. Some sources say the ...
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Screws for HP 2159M Monitor Base

Can anyone help me with what type/size screws an HP Pavilion 2159m monitor uses for its base? We moved to a new house a few weeks ago, and I disassembled the monitor base while packing, but ...
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Which kind of screw do I need for attaching graphics card connnectors to plates?

When swithing graphics cards' plates in order to transform them in high profile or low profile graphics cards, sometimes those screws are lost. How can I get more of them? Which name or reference do ...
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Are mounting screws standard with M.2 SSDs?

I'm looking at buying a 512gb, Samsung PM951 SSD from Newegg and trying to figure out if I need to buy a mounting screw separately or if it comes included - Newegg doesn't seem to provide any details ...
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Micro ATX Motherboard on OEM case

My motherboard (micro atx) lines up with these holes in a case I found. (pic related) The black circles are pre-installed in the case (I can't remove those standoffs) and the motherboard lines up on ...
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Can silicone screws safely contact CPU heatsink?

I've recently bought a 92mm Zalman cooler in order to replace my dead CPU fan without changing the heatsink. It comes with silicone pins like these Is it safe for them to come in direct contact with ...
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How do you remove stubborn screws from a laptop?

I am trying to remove the hard drive from a Sony Vaio laptop, which now fails to power on. I am having difficulty removing two of the four Phillips head screws, and I am beginning to strip the screw ...
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Correct thread lock / Loctite for computer screws

On my laptop (mid 2012 MBP) I updated the ram, to do this i had to undo about 10 small screws on the base of the laptop. When i did this the thread lock on these screws was stripped, and now some of ...
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Heatsink Mount (standoff) screw broke off in motherboard backplate

Partial Solution (EDIT) I returned the board and the heat sink to Amazon. They are going to have a new board to me in 4 days. Honestly, to anyone reading this, I would try to do a return through your ...
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How to disassemble this Samsung hard drive?

I have a 500GB hard drive (model - HM500JJ) and I need to take the top cover off as I need to fix it but I can't seem to find the right screw driver for it. I've bought a Torx T8 screw driver and it ...
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Laptop heatsink screws getting loose by themselves

I own a HP dv6 6008eg laptop and noticed some days ago that some odd noise is coming from inside during gaming, mostly when the temp reaches about 80°C and the fan seriously kicks in. Taking it apart ...
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Removing a stripped screw from laptop [duplicate]

I damaged the head of a screw in my laptop and now I can't get it out. What's the best way to remove it? Soldering it to something? Or is there any other way?
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Is it safe to use a laptop with a dropped screw somewhere in the motherboard? [duplicate]

I had to completely disassemble a laptop to get at the hard drive. While I was taking the screws out, I dropped one into the closed part of the laptop that can't be accessed. The screw is floating ...
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How to take a screw out of my laptop casing that has no head?

I was trying to take apart my laptop to replace the DC jack for it, and the screw inside of the casing was very hard to remove, so after messing with it for about 15 minutes, the plus sign (or the ...
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What type of bolt is used to attach a sound card to an expansion plate?

I'd like to replace one of the bolts attaching my sound card to its expansion plate, as shown in the picture below. (The side of the card shown in the picture actually shows the nuts; I'm talking ...
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Can't screw PSU to computer case

As a software engineer willing to know more about hardware, I have started the dangerous quest of mounting my home computer myself. The part I've been struggling the most so far is screwing things (...
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What type of screw drivers should I use to service my laptop?

I'm getting ready to service my laptop and for that I need to completely disassemble it to the mobo level and clean it for liquid damage/corrosion. The laptop is a HP dv7-7227cl. All of the ...
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Why the different coarse threaded screws? [closed]

I'm seeing more and more of these screws (pictured below), which are almost triangular. I find I can only put them into Power Supplies and PCI(e) cards in cases, but they will break/strip away if I ...
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How do I remove these screws from my Acer Aspire AX3200-U3600A?

So I have this Acer Aspire AX3200-U3600A with Windows Vista (64-bit). Every night I turn it off and turn it back on in the morning. Now it's broken and I want to fix it inside... So I got off ...
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How to open a netbook case after removing all screws?

My Sony VAIO netbook case is closed, all I could remove so far is a dozen of screws, some covers, the battery and the hard disk. Using a screwdriver I investigated the keyboard keys, the keyboard ...
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Color coding for screws used in laptops

Many times when I open up laptops, there are several different types of screws (not talking about screws of different lengths here) Black screws with a black thread Black screws with a blue thread ...
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Is there a standard name for the "standard" computer screw?

I have the unfortunate task of writing a technical document, and I know the government is a stickler for unnecessary detail. Is there standard name for the standard computer screw? Also, what is the ...
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