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Open Xbox 360 Controller w/o the special tool

Need that controller in pieces but can't get past the center pin in the screws?
A 2mm flat head screwdriver will work just fine. They come in every mini screwdriver set and eyeglass repair kit.
Start with a screw that's close to the surface, so you can get the idea before you move on to the deep ones, which you won't be able to see.
Line the srewdriver up across the center "slot" and just to one side of the pin. Now press slowly but firmly STRAIGHT into the screw. The driver will easily move the pin to the side enough to loosen the screw. It will "pop" right into the slot and a lot of times will break the pin completely, which is good. It helps the reassembly process.

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The screw(s) is/are usually a modified TORX T-20 or T-25 bit adapter. Sometimes you can very carefully use a standard T-20/25 bit adapter to get the screw loosened. Use a small flat blade screwdriver that has been modified with a slot cut into the center of the blade end to bypass the center pin. First find a narrow enough flat blade srewdriver that you don't care about and make sure it fits rather snugly inside the screw-head just for a loose fit. If the blade is a bit wider - no problem - it can be ground down to fit snugly. Next - using a dremel tool and diamond cutting wheel attachment (or similar) cut a slot into the end of the blade. Make sure that the screwdriver is going to bite the insides of that screw-head first though before wasting a perfectly good screwdriver. You will have to adjust by trial and error until you get the blade to fit perfectly the head of the safety screw. If the screws are really tight use a pair of vice grips to clamp the screwdriver blade for extra leverage.

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AOC lm929 monitor


AOC LM929 or Envision EN-7100 removal instructions:

DANGER!!! UNPLUG and allow the monitor to discharge before servicing.

with a small flat head screwdriver, insert into the edge and pop open the small plastic

pieces that surround where the stand connects to the monitor. put plastic pieces aside.

lay monitor on soft flat surface front side DOWN. with a phillips head screwdriver,

remove 4 screws in the center that hold on the stand. put stand and screws aside.

lay monitor on soft flat surface front side UP. insert flat head screwdriver into the

side edge of the grey plastic and turn screw driver so the plastic surrounding the

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piece aside.

slide out plastic buttons piece from the side and put aside.

with a phillips head screwdriver, remove 8 screws (4 on top and 4 on bottom) that hold

the screen assembly to the back housing. now lift screen assembly out of the plastic

housing. put back plastic housing and screws aside AND lay the monitor screen with the

FRONT side down on a flat soft surface.

with a phillips head screwdriver, remove 2 screws that hold on the metal electronics

cover. slide the cover down and remove. put the cover and screws aside.

USE CAUTION!!! Some components may still contain a charge.

check fuse... whatever...

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pop out the center trim piece with a flat head screwdriver. Center dash piece may be brushed aluminum or wood grain depending on trim level. It should pop out easily working all the way around it. Then radio is held in with 7mm screws.

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Hello,

You have 3 choices to use on removing the safety screw(s) on the MW (microwave or nuker as I call them) cover.

1 - The screw(s) is/are usually a modified TORX T-20 or T-25 bit adapter. Sometimes you can very carefully use a standard T-20/25 bit adapter to get the screw loosened. Sometimes! If that doesn't work then you have option #2.

2 - If #1 doesn't work you can use a small flat blade screwdriver that has been modified with a slot cut into the center of the blade end to bypass the center pin. First find a narrow enough flat blade srewdriver that you don't care about anymore, and make sure it fits rather snugly inside the screw-head just for a loose fit. If the blade is a bit wider - no problem - it can be ground down to fit snugly. Next - using a dremel tool and diamond cutting wheel attachment (or similar) cut a slot into the end of the blade. Make sure that the screwdriver is going to bite the insides of that screw-head first though before wasting a perfectly good screwdriver. You will have to adjust by trial and error until you get the blade to fit perfectly the head of the safety screw. If the screws are really tight use a pair of vice grips to clamp the screwdriver blade for extra leverage.

If neither of these methods work for you or you can't modify a special tool then you will have to do the last option.

3 - Using an easy out of proper size drill out the center pin and then use the proper "easy out" to back out the screw. Discard that/those screw(s) and replace with regular phillips head screws after replacing the light bulb.

Hopefully you will be able to do this repair yourself? Otherwise if your neighbor is Tim the Toolman Taylor I'm sure he'll be able to give you the necessary hand to do it for you.

Hope this helps fix your dilema you are in.

One note here -

Make sure you unplug the nuker first and be VERY CAREFUL as to NOT TOUCH the HIGH VOLTAGE CAPACITOR inside. Otherwise you risk a chance of SEVERE HIGH VOLTAGE SHOCK!!!!!!!!!

BE VERY CAREFUL....

Best regards,

Frank

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