So I bring the lappentoppen in, remembered the spare drive in it's little anti-static bag this morning, I'm even smart enough to take the battery out. I'm ready to go...
Can't get the screw for the hard drive access out.
Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle. Really, there's only one way this should work. Unscrew and open other doors to see if I'm just being an idiot and turning the wrong way - nope, I'm going the right way. Fiddle harder. Get tools, fiddle some more. Boot computer to make sure I haven't already caused a problem with my medium hard fiddling.
Hmmm - maybe it's not supposed to come all the way out. Go to the IBM website, download the manual, look it up just to be *sure* I'm not going to jack anything up. Sure enough, it's supposed to work exactly the way I think it should.
Fiddle some more. Screw still stuck. Get pliers, no dice. Screw spins around and around nicely, but is still in there.
At some point some tech crammed an inappropriate screw into this thing, which I now cannot get out. Doesn't help that I have no idea how much force I can apply to this thing before I'm in danger of damaging or breaking something.