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So I was trying to unscrew these 4 screws on the motherboard to install the cpu cooler but I really fucked up on the last one, now what should I do? maybe I can cut the plastic piece with something?

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6 minutes ago, _FatMann_ said:

So I was trying to unscrew these 4 screws on the motherboard to install the cpu cooler but I really fucked up on the last one, now what should I do? maybe I can cut the plastic piece with something?

 

Put a rubber band of the tip of the screw driver and push down hard. And next time, use the proper sized screw driver.

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You might try a rubber band between the correct size screwdriver, or maybe a hardened Torx, hex or Allen bit in there to see if you can get any bite on what's left. If so, grind a single notch across the top of the screw after removal so you can use a flat-blade.

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It helps if you use right sized screwdriver in the first place, push enough so that you don't strip the threads and keep the angle between MoBo and screwdriver at 90 degrees. If a bigger screwdriver doesn't grip, there's nothing else to do but to change the screw.. When doing these things, it's best to do them once and properly. Especially if there are no reserves provided with the MoBo.

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Get a proper sized screwdriver looks like a torx would be needed and see how much you can do with pushing down somewhat hard.

 

Otherwise proper size screwdriver + rubber band or cyanoacrylate glue in the screw + proper screwdriver.

 

Let this be a lesson and make sure to always use the proper tools

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If worse comes to worst you can always use something like a screw extractor, if the things listed above won't work

 

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Use a bigger Philips screwdriver and press down reasonably hard, see if you can catch the last bits of the head.

 

If you can get it out, that screw's toast.

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