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Stupid Issue: PCIE 3.0 Lever Stuck on Z170 Motherboard/ SOLVED.

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Hey everyone, I'm in the process of removing a GPU from my ASRock OC Formula Board, but it seems the lever is stuck. I've used considerable strength on it but I'm trying not to break it.

On my ASUS Hero Z170, it was no trouble but for some reason on this one it's LOCKED in there really tight. I tried all types of different ways to push it or put pressure on it and it doesn't budge even the slightest.

Awful picture but here's a visual on the type of lever it has.
http://imgur.com/5r2gO7U


I've worked with them before and I've never had any trouble, it's slightly embarrassing having to come here to ask for help removing a GPU after so many years of working with computers but maybe I'm just missing something or don't have the right technique for this particular board.

It's really not budging at all so if anyone can help me out with this I'd appreciate it.


EDIT: SOLVED.
Edited by Enad1 - 11/4/15 at 7:13am
post #2 of 13
Option 1: A lot of the time if you can get the front of the card lifted from the slot, the rest will follow, and you don't have to mess with the release latch. Tried that yet?

Option 2: Another option would be to remove the motherboard from the case to get a closer look. This would also allow you option one, incase there isn't room enough for it to work in the first place.
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Originally Posted by wizardonthejob View Post

Option 1: A lot of the time if you can get the front of the card lifted from the slot, the rest will follow, and you don't have to mess with the release latch. Tried that yet?

Option 2: Another option would be to remove the motherboard from the case to get a closer look. This would also allow you option one, incase there isn't room enough for it to work in the first place.

Plenty of room to work in the motherboard so removing it wouldn't really do anything.

I've tried pulling that side out but it's the side furthest from that latch that is the most locked in there, oddly enough. I'll give it another shot though.

It's extremely secured in there right now, never seen a GPU so secure.
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Sometimes the latch can catch in the pcb of the gpu, the part that is meant to latch in to the socket.
Push down on the graphics card as if securing it back into the socket, then try applying more pressure on the lever at a 45 degree angle away from the graphics card and down towards the motherboard.

this is all providing they are not those stupid slide latches, but i dont think those have been used in quite a while.
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Originally Posted by XanderTheGoober View Post

Sometimes the latch can catch in the pcb of the gpu, the part that is meant to latch in to the socket.
Push down on the graphics card as if securing it back into the socket, then try applying more pressure on the lever at a 45 degree angle away from the graphics card and down towards the motherboard.

this is all providing they are not those stupid slide latches, but i dont think those have been used in quite a while.

Tried that, it's not out of the socket at all, that's the whole problem. It's not moving a millimeter out of the slot.

I did try to push it in again as if I were securing it but it made no difference, it's still locked in there tight.

Also, it's not a slide latch, it's a basic push one. Usually very easy in my experience.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by XanderTheGoober View Post

Sometimes the latch can catch in the pcb of the gpu, the part that is meant to latch in to the socket.
Push down on the graphics card as if securing it back into the socket, then try applying more pressure on the lever at a 45 degree angle away from the graphics card and down towards the motherboard.

this is all providing they are not those stupid slide latches, but i dont think those have been used in quite a while.

Kinda like turning your steering wheel when it's locked so you can turn your key in the ignition, right? tongue.gif
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What are you using to push the lever? fingers? screw driver?
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Originally Posted by wizardonthejob View Post

Kinda like turning your steering wheel when it's locked so you can turn your key in the ignition, right? tongue.gif

Tighter than that honestly. It doesn't budge what so ever in the slot, it's ridiculous.

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What are you using to push the lever? fingers? screw driver?

My finger, though I believe I posses more than enough strength to push on it properly. I will try a screw driver. Never had to use one for this before..
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Tighter than that honestly. It doesn't budge what so ever in the slot, it's ridiculous.
My finger, though I believe I posses more than enough strength to push on it properly. I will try a screw driver. Never had to use one for this before..

I find that sometimes a long 6 inch screw driver with a good solid handle has enough leverage to push it easier. be careful not to slip off and damage the motherboard or graphics card. last thing we need is a dead board

EDIT: afterthought here but what case is it and are the pci slot openings flexible? cheap cases have a tendancy to flex at this point due to the lack of material, especially when plugging in display connectors like display port or hdmi that needs a bit of pressure to insert properly.

EDIT 2: likely the silverstone case in your sig?
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Managed to get it. I had unscrew the two expansion slots next to the GPU as they were causing it to get snagged and making it impossible to pull out. Silly reason of course, but it's solved.
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