Video Card Heatsink Removal

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Jordan
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Video Card Heatsink Removal

Post by Jordan » Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:14 pm

I've got an ATI Rage Fury 32 meg video card, and now that i've overclocked, i;ve noticed it's overheating and crashing on certain games. I tried just slapping a pentium 1 heatsink on top of the original to cool it better. (see my picture album thingy) That worked, so i thought i would pull off the original heatsink and put the penyium one directly on the chip. That's where i hit a roadblock:

HOW DO YOU GET THE HEATSINK OFF AN ATI RAGE FURY?????

I think it's super-glued on, and i've tried freezing it, prying it, sticking an exacto blade under and trying to saw it off, BUT NOTHING WORKS!!!!

I'm a bit anxious about force on it though, I don't want it broken or anything. I don't have an appropriate replacement card if this goes wrong.

I need this crap heatsink off, it really doesn't do it's job well enough. If anyone knows anything, PLEASE tell me.
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I Did It!

Post by Jordan » Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:27 pm

Once again, five minutes after posting i solve my own problem.
Force was necessary.
In a fit of insanity I took a flat screwdriver, jammed it into one side of the heatsink and pulled up. I heard some cracking (glue breaking not chips i think) Then suddenly BAM it came off!

Boy that was a useless peice of metal. 3/8 of an inch thick, low grade aluminum, held on with some kind of industrial super-glue.
Anyway, now that it's off I must finish modding it. I might take pictures for the world to see, if anyone cares.

So, when removing video card heatsinks, Force was the key for me!
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Post by davd_bob » Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:50 pm

Impressive.
Hope getting the new one to stay on is easier.

I have always been afraid of damage to the card so I just attach whatever size fan I can get to the card. That is kinda hard sometimes cause locating the right screws is tedious.

Good luck.
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Re: I Did It!

Post by purrkur » Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:01 pm

Jordan wrote:Once again, five minutes after posting i solve my own problem.
Force was necessary.
This is my experience too. Take a screwdriver with a narrow blade, force it in there as far as it goes then then I twist it.

Just did this on a nVidia Geforce2 GTS. Remember that you should remove all of the old glue before attaching a new heatsink because if you don't your heatsink won't lie flat on the GPU.
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