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Use the drill. Do NOT dremel it. I repeat, DO NOT DREMEL IT.
If you're unsure about a method, you probably shouldn't do it. So long as you are really REALLY careful with the drill, or can use a drill press...do that. You have a MUCH higher chance of success this way than a dremel (which will scar the PCB....trust me, I've done it).

I don't plan on using the dremel for the card! tongue.gif

I'm using the dremel to butcher my case and the drill to get the screws out. But I'm going to try the wd40 when I get home, any thoughts on that, pio??
 
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Use the drill. Do NOT dremel it. I repeat, DO NOT DREMEL IT.
If you're unsure about a method, you probably shouldn't do it. So long as you are really REALLY careful with the drill, or can use a drill press...do that. You have a MUCH higher chance of success this way than a dremel (which will scar the PCB....trust me, I've done it).

lets not rule out a possible solution due to user error.

A dremel can get the job done fine if used properly.
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do what I did, grab a set of pliers and squeeze real hard on the screw head, then turn 90 degrees and do the same. You then have a square shaped screw, and should be easily able to remove it turn by turn.
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do what I did, grab a set of pliers and squeeze real hard on the screw head, then turn 90 degrees and do the same. You then have a square shaped screw, and should be easily able to remove it turn by turn.

I'll be adding this to my list of things to try. Hopefully this will work and the screw head isn't too close to the PCB to where the pliers damage it or anything. Thanks!

Edit - Anyone's thoughts on using wd40?
 
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Use the drill. Do NOT dremel it. I repeat, DO NOT DREMEL IT.
If you're unsure about a method, you probably shouldn't do it. So long as you are really REALLY careful with the drill, or can use a drill press...do that. You have a MUCH higher chance of success this way than a dremel (which will scar the PCB....trust me, I've done it).

lets not rule out a possible solution due to user error.

A dremel can get the job done fine if used properly.

Not if you're using the dremel to cut slits in the screw. The sparks will come off, and scorch the PCB. Been there, done that...lost a 470 that way.

The WD40 idea, it might work, worth a shot. Just make sure you clean the card VERY thoroughly afterwards. I don't think WD40 would hurt the card honestly, but who wants WD40 on their video cards?
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Not if you're using the dremel to cut slits in the screw. The sparks will come off, and scorch the PCB. Been there, done that...lost a 470 that way.
The WD40 idea, it might work, worth a shot. Just make sure you clean the card VERY thoroughly afterwards. I don't think WD40 would hurt the card honestly, but who wants WD40 on their video cards?

Yeah, not looking to lose this card.. tongue.gif

But I figured some 40, then some tiny pliers might do the trick. So, I'll let you guys know how it goes and what happens!
 
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WD40 didn't work. But, judging by the looks of it, I may be able to get them turning with tweezers... Pliers, just, don't look too promising in this situation tongue.gif
 
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WD40 didn't work. But, judging by the looks of it, I may be able to get them turning with tweezers... Pliers, just, don't look too promising in this situation tongue.gif

That's good to hear. smile.gif Keep us posted.
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post #29 of 42
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Drilled the heads off, were good to go and back on schedule! thumb.gif thanks everyone! You can close this thread if you'd like pio, or keep it open for future reference. tongue.gif
 
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Nice work OP.
I ran into a similar situation removing the heat plate, one of the screws on the back of the PCB stripped. I did use the Dremel method, but there are safety requirements you need to take to do this.

You need a good dremel with a very low speed setting. You need a very thin and fine cutting wheel. a course wheel will cause sparks. The screw is soft metal so you do not need much speed.
Then you use electrical tape to cover the area around the screw and over the screw, you will cut through the tape, this ensures you have tape covering everything.
Then I used a small thin metal plate to shield the PCB from the cutting, cutting towards the plate.

The Drill method is much better and should be used first but the Dremel can be done.
You just need very steady hands and be comfortable with a cutting wheel. If you have too high a speed and cause the wheel to jump you can cut right into the Graphics card.

You just need a very small cut into the top of the screw and then use a fine flat head to remove the screw.

Note: also you have to fully clean the card, I washed the surface with 99% isopropyl alcohol with cotton balls.
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