Question Unable to open laptop XPS 15 L502X due to jammed screw

Mahesh Abnave

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My Dell XPS 15 L502X 2011 edition was working fine. Only issue is that if its screen blinks, it blinks a lot making it unusable. If it doesnt blink I can use it for as long as I dont restart / hibernate and turn on again. Earlier I was able to use it by connecting to external monitor over HDMI, but now it says it cannot detect monitor. I did not tried fixing that yet. But I tried to open it. I was able to disconnect all screws except one. (At least I am not finding any screw left.) I guess it is causing me in separating the two parts of my laptop.
Below video shows all screws that I am able to remove, jammed screw and the extent to which I am able to open this laptop.
This is nine year old laptop which I feel I should deep clean. Earlier I just used to remove everything except the motherboard part. This is first time I am trying out to remove motherboard too, but its not working out. Can you please help?

View: https://youtu.be/k82DZK-_FmA


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My Dell XPS 15 L502X 2011 edition was working fine. Only issue is that if its screen blinks, it blinks a lot making it unusable. If it doesnt blink I can use it for as long as I dont restart / hibernate and turn on again. Earlier I was able to use it by connecting to external monitor over HDMI, but now it says it cannot detect monitor. I did not tried fixing that yet. But I tried to open it. I was able to disconnect all screws except one. (At least I am not finding any screw left.) I guess it is causing me in separating the two parts of my laptop.
Below video shows all screws that I am able to remove, jammed screw and the extent to which I am able to open this laptop.
This is nine year old laptop which I feel I should deep clean. Earlier I just used to remove everything except the motherboard part. This is first time I am trying out to remove motherboard too, but its not working out. Can you please help?

View: https://youtu.be/k82DZK-_FmA


(YouTube will make HD version of above video available in some minutes. Its processing.)
Drill the screw head out.
 
Like how? Any example video?
Don't they teach shop in schools any more ? That's so elementary I don't think a video exists. Take a small drill bit same size as screw head, put in a drill, center on screw (it's probably Philips) and carefully at low speed drill until head comes off, After you pull part off, use small pliers to unscrew the rest. Those screws are pretty soft, should be easy.
 

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