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Problems removing GTX 480 stock cooler, stripped screw

post #1 of 17
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For some reason the screw didn't budge, and now it is sort of stripped. I got 2 480s and where one was successful, the other one wasn't. The last screw is stripped....sigh.
What are my options? Please don't tell me I will have to drill into a PCB, or even worse, use a dremel to cut a groove.
post #2 of 17

Tried using the rubberband trick?

 

http://lifehacker.com/5462520/remove-a-stripped-screw-with-a-rubber-band

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post #3 of 17
I nearly had the same exact problem. Stripped a bunch of them. First thing to try is to get a screwdriver with a machined tip. Those will seat farther down into the screw head. Then push down pretty firmly to keep it seated while trying to back it out.

Mine was from a socket driver set. Not sure you will get a good enough tip froma regular screw driver.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 17
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I haven't. Will have to pick a rubber band up somewhere tomorrow, I guess. Hopefully that will do the trick. I was about to get the drill.
post #5 of 17
If the rubberband tric doesn't work, you could mask off the are around the screw with tape roughen the head of the screw, and then glue a nut or something to it with J-B Weld or similar. After it sets you should be able to unscrew or pull it out.
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post #6 of 17
Excact same thing happened to me on my old 480, I tried every trick and nothing worked, eventually decided to drill out the screw head. Most nerve wrecking 5 minutes of my life. If u can, use a speed adjustable drill on its slowest setting. Drill a couple of seconds, then check, drill, check again. The screw head should eventually just fall off.

Good luck smile.gif
post #7 of 17
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For the head to fall off, don't you need to use a fairly large drill bit. I don't mind drilling as much, but using a large drill bit is a lot scarier than a smaller one.
post #8 of 17
Use one around 1mm bigger than the screw diameter, I think I started with a 4mm(This was a while ago so cant quite remember) bit and finished off with a 5.5 or 6mm bit. You are basically drilling into the "core" of the screw where the head attaches.
post #9 of 17
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Just used JB Weld and glued a nut on the screw. Hopefully I taped everything off properly. Scary stuff. I hope this works out. How long should I let it sit? If this fails and the card breaks (due to weld leakage or whatever), what are my RMA options?
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Just used JB Weld and glued a nut on the screw. Hopefully I taped everything off properly. Scary stuff. I hope this works out. How long should I let it sit? If this fails and the card breaks (due to weld leakage or whatever), what are my RMA options?


None. 

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