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GTX 480 Stripped Screws

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by TheCenturion, 28 Aug 2010.

  1. TheCenturion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Mar 2008

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    Just got my 480.

    I was trying to get the cooler off my 480 to install my waterblock. I took off 16 of the 17 screws. Then I get to the 17th, try to remove it and holy crap it's so tight! So trying to get it out, the screw's been stripped :rolleyes:

    I'm pretty angry right now, how can I remove this final screw? I've tried a few different screw drivers.

    Thanks
     
  2. RavenXXX2

    Capodecina

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  3. twist3d0n3

    Capodecina

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    i had the same thing happen on my 5870, used a dremmel to cut a cross in the screw ;)
     
  4. RavenXXX2

    Capodecina

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    Dremmel and 480 PCB = bad combination lol. Be very careful.
     
  5. vectisitch

    Wise Guy

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    it's always the last bloody one innit?if you use little pressure and a small drill bit,you should be able to drill the head off the screw.but be very careful.think it's bite the bullet time.
     
  6. JeffyB

    Mobster

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    Location: London

    Bad luck, was it already stripped or did it happen as you tried to remove it?
     
  7. KillBoY_UK

    Mobster

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    Location: Oxford

    I used a hand drill when the head of a scree came of in the middle of taking of a waterblock for my old GTX 280. Personally I would use a hand drill and take it slowly using a dremmel is just asking for it, might take longer but your less likely to brick your card.
     
  8. Jokester

    Don

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    Personally I would drill it out with a hand drill and making sure to remove all the swarf.
     
  9. twist3d0n3

    Capodecina

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    Location: Bath, England

    are 480's naked at the back or do they have a backplate?
     
  10. k3vst3r

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 Jan 2009

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    drill it out? dremel is risky one slip an destroy ya card
     
  11. TheCenturion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Mar 2008

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    I've been trying to drill it out for the last 20 mins.

    We've finally removed the screw YAY!
     
  12. xtremedetailz

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    Location: Manchester

    your a brave man but good on ya ;)
     
  13. JeffyB

    Mobster

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    Location: London

    Nice one, glad you got that sucker out :)
     
  14. xtremedetailz

    Mobster

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    we want pics :)
     
  15. vectisitch

    Wise Guy

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    just make sure you get all metal swarf off that card before you fire it up
     
  16. ThomasTheTankEngine

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jan 2010

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    Just make sure you clean the hell out of that card with some compressed air to get rid of any metal-dust.

    I have repaired stripped mobo screws with plumbers epoxy putty. Just put a bit in the top, push in the screw driver to make a new grip, and then once it's dried the screw comes out like normal.
     
  17. TheCenturion

    Capodecina

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    I think there is a little bit of residue left from the drilling. Is it absolutely necessary to get it out?
     
  18. Marvin

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Nov 2009

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    Location: Maidstone, Kent

    Metal + circuitry...

    Hmm...

    Just get a brush or compressed air and get that stuff off your card!
     
  19. TheCenturion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Mar 2008

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    I'll be able to get some compressed air tomorrow. Unfortunately not today. Well, I won't be able to get the waterblock on until tomorrow :(
     
  20. EnderXi

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Mar 2009

    Posts: 404

    yes the answer is it is essential to get all the metal dust off the card or you run the risk of creating a short or a circuit where no circuit should be!