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Stripped screw in my motherboard (ATX) ! It's the center screw, so even if I unscrew the 8 other screws, I still won't have room to do anything since it's pinned down from the center. I overtightened it, that's how this happened.

Someone advised the "super glue the screwdriver to the screw method" - tried that, it didn't work. The screw unglued after I turned it.

Now the screw is filled with glue and it has no "slit" for me to put a screwdriver or flat head in. Anyway, it's already mangled like hell from all the times i tried turning and forcing.

And I tried getting pliers to turn it, but it won't budge. There's not alot of room to work with, and the screw is tight down there, so it's hard to grip with pliers. I can grip it, but then it slips off and I'm trying to be careful.

I'm ticked off and have my computer taken apart and I refuse to put it back together until I can get that screw out of there cuz I'm OCD and that stripped screw will drive me crazy in the case!
post #2 of 16
it would have been a better idea to have used the flat head before glue...
post #3 of 16
Try a rubber band between the driver and screw.

Good luck

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post #4 of 16
Look into a screw extractor set.

They are drill powered so you have to be very careful with them around your motherboard take it nice and slow, pick the right size and you should be fine.

Alternatively you can take a drill bit of the right size and drill straight down through the middle of the screw (similar to removing a rivet) just drill the material away from the head of the screw, pull the board out and replace the standoff.
post #5 of 16
Can you get at the back of it (behind the Mobo)?

If not you could drill it out if you have a steady hand, but you really need to be nice and calm steady to do it.
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post #6 of 16
Try pushing the screw out with a small driver from the back at the same time turn the screw as normal but do not apply presure with the turning driver. That should let the unstriped part of the screw bite onto the mobo tray.

Edit: Drill only as a last resort you dont want that drill close to your components. You might slip while trying to drill and wish you hadn't taken out the handy drill.
Edited by crUk - 6/21/11 at 5:52pm
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post #7 of 16
With the screw full of glue drilling seems to be the only resort. Cover and mask off everything possible before you do. Don't want metal shaving getting in everything and shorting out when you power up. I would try a left handed bit that way you aren't tightening it any more then it is. And with some luck it may just unscrew. I have the feeling the standoff may give before the screw does and it may shred your board around the hole. take your time go at it slowly.
post #8 of 16
If you can behind the mobo, I've had success gripping the spacer with pliers and then trying to unscrew the stuck screw. It's easier with a helping hand too,
post #9 of 16
pics so we can get a better idea of what you are working with please...
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post #10 of 16
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I did the the flat head first. Then I tried the super glue. Then I went behind but it wouldn't budge. Then I went to the back of the case and tried to turning the little piece sticking out. I managled it, and made it even harder to turn. It was the middle screw.

I noticed there was a cut out behind my CPU that gave me enough room to jam some clippers back there and turn. It wouldn't budge though.

I just got so frustatrated that I took cutters and cut/bent out a huge piece of metal enough to rip the screw out.

I did scrape the motherboard a few times with the pliers, any idea on the damage I could have caused?

My 2 gfx cards and CPU and harddrives should be good, if the mobo is bad now, I can just buy a new one?

I feel bad frown.gif

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