Hello all. I was installing a water block recently and 3 of the spots where the screws go through the back plate broke off either on installation or removal. Now I'm stuck and I don't know how to get them off. Please help!
I tried getting in there with needle nose pliars. There is a spot on the posts where it's flat on 1 spot, but I can't get a good enough grip to get the screws out and I'm trying to be careful not to damage the components on the surface of the PCB near the posts with the pliars.
No way to get to the back without cutting through the backplate with a dremel or something. Even if I get the front plexi part off I don't know that the broken parts would come out easily. They were attached to the nickel plated block part.
This place has really small screw extractors. You could try that. We use the big ones on tractor engines and such with pretty good luck.
Are they blind holes or are they open on the back?
I haven't used this before, but maybe it could work. I thought about trying to drill out the screws, but I really don't want to damage the card. The block I don't care about so much. It's worth about 20% of the GPU.