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Nicomon

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I bought a Joytech Apollo Radeon 8500, and it came with a cooler attatched from the mounting holes on the card. I tried to take the mounting pegs out, but couldnt do it very easily. Does anyone know a really good way to get this thing off? I thought I should ask about it before I wrecked the thing...

Thanks
 

WeaponX

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Squeeze the pins at the back of the card and they should come out. If it has a thermal pad, put it in a anti static bag and freeze it for 10 - 15 min. Then take a credit card, slide it underneath the HSF and pop it right off.
 

Silversinksam

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Heres how for a normal 8500 with no pegs


Take the card put it in an anti static baggie and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes as suggested.

Then take a credit card and place it up against the stock heatsink, then place a butterknife on top of the credit card and give it a small twist....The ATI heatsink will pop right off

Then use Arctic Alumina adhesive (especially if your affixing ramsinks) or Arctic Silver Adhesive to affix say a crystal Orb.

Be sure to prep the gpu with Alcohol or Nailpolish remover that contains acetone to get the ATI adhesive off. (if you have steady hands use a razorblade and clean it up with the Alcohol or acetone)


Since you have pegs :confused: :confused: Heres a tip, take some plastic tweezers and release the pegs from the backside of the board....the tweazers will help you....Im thinking that they may have epoxied the stock heatsink to boot....If all else fails cut the pins with wire cutters and follow the steps for the normal 8500 Heatsink removal posted above.
 
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Nicomon

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Thanks guys, i used some needle nose pliers to sqeeze the pegs until they came off. I reapplied the fan with some silver compound. I may just get an orb cooler, but I want to see how much just reattaching it goes.

As a side note, I just completed my new box with the dreaded K7S5A and it WORKS. haha, after reading about so many problems with the thing, you would think you would have to rma the board like 5 times before you got a good one. But mine works first try so [email protected]

thanks again