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Can't remove giant Cooler Master CPU fan/heatsink!!!

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  1. matteumayo New Member

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    You may have seen my other thread, I'm trying to upgrade my CPU.

    I have this huge (4-5" wide), unmarked Cooler Master cooler above my CPU that's secured on by 4 screws attached to the mobo.

    However, I can't unscrew them because they're under the damn cooler!!! :banghead:

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    I have no idea what to do... please, help!
     
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    take the motherboard out and see if you can remove it from the back, if not then I suggest you get some swivel adapters or one of those flexible spring adapters for power drills.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    WHUT cooler is that thing?

    Pull off fans?

    Funny one, for sure.
     
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    Doesn't seem I can remove it from the back of the mobo.

    Also, I initially tried to take off the two fans, but they seem to have 4 screws one each side (wtf were they thinking when they made this thing).
     
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    I have used a similar cooler before, typically they come with a right angle tool for instilation/removal.
     
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    How did you get it on?
     
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    well it comes with a cap for the bolt/screw and a right angle screwdrive wrench, similar to what comes in many garbage disposal kits.
     
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    I bought this PC from a friend, he built it... :(
     
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    So in other words, don't lose it or you're screwed.
     
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    well, not really. Remove the mb from the case. Should be able to get the nuts off the backside.
     
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    How would that work?
     
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    It's a Hyper 212 with two fans on it. On the backside of the motherboard it uses nuts. As ThatGuy said it comes with the hardware kit. If you don't have the hardware kit I think it's a 10mm socket that would work.

    What do you mean? You unscrew the nuts on the back.
     
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    I see, I'll try this now.
     
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    yea, it looks like it's attached similar to a v8, if you don;t have the head to unscrew the nuts you can probabily loosen them (carefully) with a pair of pliers, then you can unscrew them with your fingers.

    One other thing. Don;t be surprised if the Thermal compound has dried solid, essentially gluing the HSF to the cpu. Don't try to yank it off! wiggle it with a twisting motion and be patient, it will eventually come free.
     
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    it should unscrew from the underside of the motherboard.
    Can your remove the panel of the case behind the motherboard and unscrew it w/o removing the motherboard?
     
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    Just take the mobo out and unscrew the nuts holding it on? Or is that too simple.. in which cause u could.. CUT IT OUT WITH A MOTHA F'IN CHAINSAW U MOTHER F'ER... video tape that if u do.
     
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    Right angle screw driver...Google it
     
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    Bad news. Very bad.

    I got the CPU in and everything, reinstalled the cooler, and stuck the mobo back in.

    I then plugged in (what I think are) the correct wires to the mobo and screwed it in.

    Hooked everything back up, plugged it in, turned the psu on, and hit the power button;

    nothing happened.

    I seriously don't know what to do, or even what I did wrong.

    There is no response whatsoever to the power being turned on or off. :cry:
     
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    double check all connections to the 24/24+4pin, and the 4pin cpu connector. Also check your front panel plugs and see if they came lose.

    also double check to see if your board supports the new cpu
     
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    You forgot or wrong pin the front panel wires or the 4 pin CPU plug. Ben there done that
     
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    Is the PSU turned on?
     
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    I think it s the front bus connectors... I found these unplugged wires:

    HDD LED
    RESET SW
    POWER SW

    Where do these go? They're all 2x1 and I don't see any 2x1 slots.
     
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    Yeah, that's definitely the problem. Look up your motherboard's manual online and it should have the pinout.
     
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    bottom right hand corner of the motherboard. Look closely they may even be labeled on the motherboard.

    I'm guessing by the blue in that image its a gigabyte motherboard. Google the name of the board and the word manual, it will show exactly where they go;)
     
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