Tried that. Tried loading it up with noogie to see what'd happen there (when plugged in after bootup my computer saw all the partitions, which was normal.)
Maybe i didn't pull the battery enough times.
I used a really REALLY small flathead (small enough that it fit in the t5 screw and apparently saw a couple edges as a slot.)
Edit: And if this was barns and noble I wouldn't have bothered opening since it's rooted. However walmart purchase so hoping a return is still possile.
Screen's stuck on coolreader with a book open so. Yea.