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    Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    I have just had the mispleasure of encountering the push pin! I have managed to get three pins in succesfully however the last one will just not go in

    Will three be enough? I am assuming not if I want to OC the chip. Btw, the cooler is a Akasa, not the stock cooler. To top it off, the board is already looking pretty bend!!

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    I wouldn't want to risk it; you need to start again and push them down in diagonally opposite pairs.

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    Nope, only 3 pins in can cause trouble down the line.

    You could try bending the "legs" of the cooler slightly.
    Some motherboard bending is common and the last pin is aways a ***** to get in

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    F**!, F**!, F**!,

    Just managed to damage the motherboard getting it out (*coug with a screwdriver)!! Also seems to have damaged the cooler's pin!

    Managed to get the stock one in fine - just need to hope that the motherboard ain't screwed - I think there is a 99% chance it is though
    Last edited by StrictlySocial; 23-12-2008 at 05:43 PM.

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    you need to rotate them anti-clockwise and they'll just un-pop.. then a gentle pull+wiggle will release the cooler..

    when you look at the thermal paste once you pull it off, you'll notice the contact was very uneven towards the corner without the push-pin, which is why you need all 4 pins full latched on.

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    push them in diagonally opposites first, instead of just going round 1 way and pushing them in

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by StrictlySocial View Post
    F**!, F**!, F**!,

    Just managed to damage the motherboard getting it out (*coug with a screwdriver)!! Also seems to have damaged the cooler's pin!

    Managed to get the stock one in fine - just need to hope that the motherboard ain't screwed - I think there is a 99% chance it is though
    doh, hope it lives

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoNz0 View Post
    doh, hope it lives
    No, it didn't Powers up but there is no display and it switches it's self off. Got new graphics and RAM in my old PC which is the only plus of the day. Will have to go shopping for a new motherboard tomorrow - which means paying over the top prices

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by StrictlySocial View Post
    No, it didn't Powers up but there is no display and it switches it's self off. Got new graphics and RAM in my old PC which is the only plus of the day. Will have to go shopping for a new motherboard tomorrow - which means paying over the top prices
    Buy online then, wait a little, you won't regret it

    It's 4.98*

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by StrictlySocial View Post
    F**!, F**!, F**!,

    Just managed to damage the motherboard getting it out (*coug with a screwdriver)!! Also seems to have damaged the cooler's pin!

    Managed to get the stock one in fine - just need to hope that the motherboard ain't screwed - I think there is a 99% chance it is though
    Arrrgh

    Not good, but really you shouldn't of needed a screw driver they pull out very eaisly once you twist them.
    I hope you read the instructions and were putting it in correctly, they include thoes bit of paper for a reason
    Take your time, don't rush things, look at the push pins on the stock cooler to under stand how the action works.

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Arrrgh

    Not good, but really you shouldn't of needed a screw driver they pull out very eaisly once you twist them.
    I hope you read the instructions and were putting it in correctly, they include thoes bit of paper for a reason
    Take your time, don't rush things, look at the push pins on the stock cooler to under stand how the action works.
    i read one of those so called "instruction sheets" before and it didn't help one 1 bit, i managed to mangle 1 of the pins.. whoever designed that thing should be hanged tbh

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    Have to say I have never had a problem installing a stock Intel cooler using the push pins. People complaining about the design need to take a step back and think about it, the system works perfectly for the stock cooler as long as you are following the instructions correctly.

    Note I am only talking about the stock cooler, most after market coolers are too bulky in my opinion for push pins to be an easily used fastening. You have to remember that they were designed for a cooler where they are easily accessible.

    As a pointer for the OP when you get your new motherboard install the cooler before you fit it in the case, on a flat solid surface (kitchen table with the antistatic bag on works well or even the box) make sure each pin is in the right orientation and the push opposite corners in. Alternatively get a bolt trough kit and do away with the push pins all together.

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    may as well try to rma it, never know your luck in a raffle

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    That's some bad luck right there, push pins are terrible to get in sometimes. Hope you get a replacement

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    it was a stock cooler i broke, the instruction sheet that came with it was just a few small pictures with no words.. and it was very vague...
    i can't be the only person who thinks that that is a bad design

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    Re: Three out of four push pins - good enough?

    most hate the push pin, i was spared the joy of ever having to use it as i got a bolt through kit with my 1st sck775 sink, then the WC kit had another

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