DanS said:How the hell does one rip caps of the board during assembly??
(.....and why would someone think it was still under warranty after doing so?!)
I think he's referring to the owner using a screwdriver
to push on something. The screwdriver slips, and hits
the motherboard. If a surface mount ceramic is in the
path of the screwdriver blade, it's scraped right off the board.
Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can compare a reference
photo, to the mess someone made, and spot the missing
small ceramic cap or surface mount resistor.
You can see someone here, rolling the dice, with
screwdriver poised for action.
Some socket families, the retention is done in a way that
screwdrivers are not required, and the risk goes down
for a scraping injury.
On some of those dangerous cases, you use a hex driver instead
of a flat blade screwdriver, as a means to get a grip on
the clamp. It all depends on the shape of the metal on the
end. This one, for example, is just begging for a slothead
screwdriver. Fortunately, the first picture is the passive end,
and the other side has the rotating lever for finishing the job.
So the user doesn't need all of their strength, to guide
the passive end into place, under the tab.