I put my laptop vertically so I could get the screw out. Trying it sideways while the laptop laid flat wasn’t working.
The screw here in my laptop was stuck. If this happens to anyone else I recommend using needle nose pliers, and put rubber band over the screw, and grasp the screw by the sides with the plier to work it out slow until you can unscrew it.
Great guide. I followed it all the way to the end. Too bad my replacement superdrive was a dud.
If I have any feedback for this, I would put step 7 after step 8.
I did have a heck of a time taking out the 4.5 mm Phillips screw in step 13. The blue stuff in the screw had dried and I had to use needle nose pliers plus rubber band to get enough traction to coax it out.
For step 8, “Remove the single 2.2 mm Phillips screw inserted horizontally into the side of the optical drive.” I stood the laptop vertically so I could get more torque — trying to unscrew it sideways while the laptop was flat didn’t work at all.
Great guide, I followed to the end. I swapped out my drive for a compact flash adapter and a 16GB card. My Clamshell runs absolutely silently. I’m hoping this will extend the battery life, too.
One thing I noticed when putting the display back on is the segment between the joints had to fit on to some hooks on the lower part of the case. That allowed the tiny screw holes between the joints to line up nicely.