Question Stripped screw in motherboard.

geofelt

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If you are not trying to remove the motherboard, leave it be for now.

When the time does come, remove all of the other plugged in parts that you can to make room to work with.
You could likely need to drill the screw head. But, there are some stripped screw bits designed to remove such screws. You would find them at an automotive shop, but they may not be small enough for you.
Here is an example:
https://www.amazon.com/Extractor-Stripped-HassleFree-Hardness-63-65hrc/dp/B08PCT9WBB/ref=asc_df_B08PCT9WBB/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=475689981997&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17666033766629268293&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011560&hvtargid=pla-1188945619381&psc=1
 
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If you are not trying to remove the motherboard, leave it be for now.

When the time does come, remove all of the other plugged in parts that you can to make room to work with.
You could likely need to drill the screw head. But, there are some stripped screw bits designed to remove such screws. You would find them at an automotive shop, but they may not be small enough for you.
Here is an example:
https://www.amazon.com/Extractor-Stripped-HassleFree-Hardness-63-65hrc/dp/B08PCT9WBB/ref=asc_df_B08PCT9WBB/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=475689981997&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17666033766629268293&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011560&hvtargid=pla-1188945619381&psc=1
I've never had luck with extractors on the screws that come with computer cases for mounting motherboards. These screws are made from the lowest grade of scrap metal they can get away with. All that ever happens is the extractor grinds up the screw head more, leaving fine metal shavings the same as drilling it out.
 
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If you are not trying to remove the motherboard, leave it be for now.

When the time does come, remove all of the other plugged in parts that you can to make room to work with.
You could likely need to drill the screw head. But, there are some stripped screw bits designed to remove such screws. You would find them at an automotive shop, but they may not be small enough for you.
Here is an example:
https://www.amazon.com/Extractor-Stripped-HassleFree-Hardness-63-65hrc/dp/B08PCT9WBB/ref=asc_df_B08PCT9WBB/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=475689981997&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17666033766629268293&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011560&hvtargid=pla-1188945619381&psc=1
Yeah I'm not trying to remove it rn but better to know how to remove it for when the time co
 
Mar 16, 2021
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I've never had luck with extractors on the screws that come with computer cases for mounting motherboards. These screws are made from the lowest grade of scrap metal they can get away with. All that ever happens is the extractor grinds up the screw head more, leaving fine metal shavings the same as drilling it out.
Do most cases come with such low grade screws? I though only mine did... lolz
It did strip pretty easily. Curse the cabinet manufacturers !!!
 

geofelt

Titan
Sometimes, such screws will also have a hex head that a nut driver will work on.
Even if not, you may be able to get a grip on the screw with vise-grip pliers.

Such a screw should never need enough force to strip the screw.
Test fit the motherboard screw first to be sure that you have the correct screw.
Many look alike.

Snug is enough. Most likely, the screw did not go in straight in the first place.
A trick is to first turn the screw counter clockwise. When you feel a slight click, the threads are ready to engage and you can then screw it down.
Do not tighten any of the motherboard screws until they are all in.
If you fully tighten one, the others may not go in straight.
 
Some cases allow you to take out the whole motherboard tray.
This may allow you to get a grip on the standoff with some super long needle nose for better torque or give you more/better options with Frankenstein removal methods.
 

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