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So, I was installing the cooling fans for my case today. The fans have thier own screws (4 screws each), so I used them. The case I'm using is HAF 932 and it has little holes that are used for holding cooling fans. So, it's all good.

However, something went wrong with the screws (the screws that were included with the cooling fans). I thought I was using a correct screwdriver, but everytime when I use my screwdriver on these screws, it collects little metal dust from the screws. In other words, my screwdriver is damaging the screws. And I'm not even sure why or how. The screwdriver fit these screws quite properly, at least I think so because there wasn't any cracking sound when I was screwing.

Did I use a wrong screwdriver? Or was it due to the screws being bad quality?*

If it was the latter (bad quality), where can I find better and stronger screws? I don't know much about screws...

Due to this issue, one of my fans is stuck... one of the screws is completely damaged... so I cannot unscrew it out. But there's a little space between the damaged screw's face and the case wall, I think it's possible to get it out by using something else (e.g. bolt) I have tired using bolt but it seems very diffcult. I wouldnt want to ruin my case just because of the stupid screws.

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 10
You're essentially rounding out the screw. They are cheap screws and will need to be replaced. Something like this will do the trick nicely.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/34...tl=g47c121s242
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hmm, can't find that screw in any UK online shop :/
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Originally Posted by Serady View Post
So, I was installing the cooling fans for my case today. The fans have thier own screws (4 screws each), so I used them. The case I'm using is HAF 932 and it has little holes that are used for holding cooling fans. So, it's all good.

However, something went wrong with the screws (the screws that were included with the cooling fans). I thought I was using a correct screwdriver, but everytime when I use my screwdriver on these screws, it collects little metal dust from the screws. In other words, my screwdriver is damaging the screws. And I'm not even sure why or how. The screwdriver fit these screws quite properly, at least I think so because there wasn't any cracking sound when I was screwing.

Did I use a wrong screwdriver? Or was it due to the screws being bad quality?*


If it was the latter (bad quality), where can I find better and stronger screws? I don't know much about screws...

Due to this issue, one of my fans is stuck... one of the screws is completely damaged... so I cannot unscrew it out. But there's a little space between the damaged screw's face and the case wall, I think it's possible to get it out by using something else (e.g. bolt) I have tired using bolt but it seems very diffcult. I wouldnt want to ruin my case just because of the stupid screws.

Thanks in advance
The fan screws that come with the HAF 932 have hex or allen heads on them. If your talking about the black headed screws. Try using a metric hex or allen on them and if its really rounded out.. try angling the wrench as you back out the screw. I would try this first before resorting to pliers or anything that may scratch your case in the process.
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are these called 6-32 screws? coz I might go to general tools shops and look for such screws
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The fan screws that come with the HAF 932 have hex or allen heads on them. If your talking about the black headed screws. Try using a metric hex or allen on them and if its really rounded out.. try angling the wrench as you back out the screw. I would try this first before resorting to pliers or anything that may scratch your case in the process.
If it's rounded out, then it means the screw's quality is bad. Right?

I have tired evey way to unscrew the damage screw that doesn't scatch thr case. None worked. I tried using a piller but that didn't work too (the screw won't stay still) and there's some scratch :/ but I guess they can be fixed with black spray or black ink pen.

I have two options: use something extreme to hold the screw in place, or destroy the fan....

sigh... I would of had built my new PC yesterday if it wasn't for the screw issue... ffs.
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You can buy a screw extracting kit or bit from a hardware store. As for the screws easiest thing to do is just take a few into the store with you and ask someone who works there to match them for you so you can buy new ones. That is if you prefer to not use internet shops. They also sell plastic fan clips and rubber fan mounts that many people, myself included prefer because of your issue. Much easier to just push a fan into place and not have to worry about rounding the head out.

plastic fan pins http://www.crazypc.com/store/merchan...Category_Code=
rubber fan mounts http://www.svc.com/afm02b-8.html
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edit
amazon has a uk site
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fan-screws-I...9358071&sr=1-9


here is a little kit for screw extracting you will need a power drill but it's great to have one of these kits around the house

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are these called 6-32 screws? coz I might go to general tools shops and look for such screws
take one with you to make a comparison
    
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If it's rounded out, then it means the screw's quality is bad. Right?

I have tired evey way to unscrew the damage screw that doesn't scatch thr case. None worked. I tried using a piller but that didn't work too (the screw won't stay still) and there's some scratch :/ but I guess they can be fixed with black spray or black ink pen.

I have two options: use something extreme to hold the screw in place, or destroy the fan....

sigh... I would of had built my new PC yesterday if it wasn't for the screw issue... ffs.
set the case on the floor and stand over it and use your weight to push and turn with and both hands

drill out the head of the screw with a drill
can you get a hold of it with vice grips
http://www.irwin.com/tools/brands/vise-grip

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