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wolf2009

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Zerotherm Nirvana is stuck in my GIGABYTE EX-38 DS4. 3 of the screws into the backplate come out, but the 4th one is stuck. The grove in the backplate holding this screw moves along with the screw, so the screw does not move out.

I have removed the motherboard from the case and tried this. it does not work.

So the cooler and cpu are embedded in this mobo forever now :twitch: :mad:

These are the kind of screws that go into the backplate


Here is what they screw into


And here is the back of the backplate


Wat to do now ?
 
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can ya drill it out with a very small bit?
 
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can you put all the screws back in and then loosen the 4th screw?
 

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just use a drill and drill it out. makes the cooler useless, but its already useless isnt it :p
 
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get a Dremel and a cutting wheel, cut the screws from between the backplate and mobo. Its a very tight fit and ya have to be careful not to nick ur mobo

Or get some Vise-Grips ;)
 
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i say put in one of your other screws to hold hte back plate in place then unscrew the stuck one.
 
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just use a drill and drill it out. makes the cooler useless, but its already useless isnt it :p
don't know how to drill. the cooler is not useless yet. its working, but this mobo will have the same combo for ever. and if one thing goes bad, will have to throw everything away.

get a Dremel and a cutting wheel, cut the screws from between the backplate and mobo. Its a very tight fit and ya have to be careful not to nick ur mobo

Or get some Vise-Grips ;)
dremel would probably kill hte mobo.

don't know what to do with vise grip
 
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Can ya take a pic? Describing it is hard for me to picture it lol
 
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1. drill into the backplate through the screw with a size that is a little bigger. It should destroy the screw and leave a hole in the backplate.

2. Find a screw and nut that will fit through the hole that is left and will give you enough clearance to remount your mobo.
 

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Agrees with the other. Try screwing the 3 screws back in tight and then try removing the 4th screw.
 
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If you have access to ANY form of electric drill, then do this:
1) Screw in all 4 screws
2) Put a screwdriver bit into the drill
3) Switch it to REVERSE and put it to MAXIMUM SPEED
4) Hold it firmly against the screw, but not so hard, you want the screw to come out. Drill the sucker.

I learned this by accident when trying to drill out the start screws on a hard drive; drill was in reverse, and after a few seconds the screw just unscrewed and popped out!
 
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I thinik I understand what your problem is. The nut that is punched into the backplate is loose?

Try some crazy glue. Its very thin, and will seep into the 'joint' (couldn't find another word for it). Let it dry for 10 minutes, and the nut should hold its ground.
 
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Agrees with the other. Try screwing the 3 screws back in tight and then try removing the 4th screw.
done that, didn't work

If you have access to ANY form of electric drill, then do this:
1) Screw in all 4 screws
2) Put a screwdriver bit into the drill
3) Switch it to REVERSE and put it to MAXIMUM SPEED
4) Hold it firmly against the screw, but not so hard, you want the screw to come out. Drill the sucker.

I learned this by accident when trying to drill out the start screws on a hard drive; drill was in reverse, and after a few seconds the screw just unscrewed and popped out!

don't have access to a drill

I thinik I understand what your problem is. The nut that is punched into the backplate is loose?

Try some crazy glue. Its very thin, and will seep into the 'joint' (couldn't find another word for it). Let it dry for 10 minutes, and the nut should hold its ground.
that sounds like a good plan. but there is not visible space between the grove and plastic. where can i find crazy glue ? what if it spills on mobo ?
 
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You might try (If you apply to much pressure... ain't my fault) lifting the plate, at an angle, to exert pressure on the threaded shaft in the MB, as you un-screw it.

Just don't go wild and break the board.:)
 
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that sounds like a good plan. but there is not visible space between the grove and plastic. where can i find crazy glue ? what if it spills on mobo ?
Hmm.. you can get it at your local supply shop or even in your super market. In our country its called 'seconden lijm'. like this stuff:



Just don' spill it :p if it gets on your mobo or something else, its there forever! Unless you scrape it off. To avoid spilling it, cover the area with some painters tape or something similar.
 
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I have no idea how in the world you could've gotten yourself into this situation in the first place!

Go to the dollar store and grab a pack of super glue. $1 for 6!