I'm trying to install my Zalman 9700 cooler & am having trouble. I've installed the backplate & the clip support to my motherboard just fine. (I've got an ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus MB).
What I'm having trouble with is attaching the S-Type Clip to the clip support. The problem is when I place the cooler on top of the CPU & try to place the S-Type clip above the base of the cooler to secure the cooler, the clip is not "arched" enough to reach both sides of the clip support.
When I push down on one side of the S-Type Clip to make contact with the clip support the other side of the clip is about a 1/2 inch above the bolt hole. Should I bend/arch the S-Type Clip till it touches down on both sides of the clip support? It's a pretty stiff little clip, I'm afraid it'll buckle if I try to bend it too much.
Am I doing something obviously & ridicously wrong here? I can't figure it out... call me dumb... doesn't seem like it would be this difficult.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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I'm going through the exact same problem myself and I've already tried bending it by hand/stepping on the clip. Its made to be bend resistant I believe and might need to pull out a vice to bend the damn thing. The only way I could see installing it like this is putting enough force to crack the motherboard.
*edit* I went and found some screws that are longer and match the same size/thread pattern pretty closely, so hopefully those will work.
Yeah... I tried flipping the clip over to see if that may work & the little gold screws that are supposed to be used won't make contact with the clip support this way. And, it doesn't seem like the base of the cooler makes proper contact with the clip flipped over.
Any other ideas people? The 9700 seems like it's a very popular cooler & I've read it's not supposed to be that difficult to install..... ???
I had a very similar problem with my 9500 on my Opteron, however, my gap wasn't quite as long and I eventually got it. The issue is the design of it with the large cylinder style fins make it hard to tighten the bolts to the motherboard backplate. For You should be able to tighten one side down just to get the bolt in and then put the other one in just barely getting to grip the backplate. Then start to snug each at similar increments a little at a time that way they tighten evenly and that should take care of the problem. although 1/2 inch is a pretty big gap.
To the dude who smoked the capacitor I'm sorry but I think you might have messed up your motherboard dude. I nicked mine ever so slightly and it took out all my rear usb ports. It also severed my sound capabilities meaning PCI sound. I certainly wouldn't rate that style of cpu cooler as easy install though.
It is a bit awkward to do, i did it by pushing one end of the bracket thing down and screwing it in fairly tight (tight enough to withstand a good push) then pressed the other side down until it just reached the thread with the other screw. Its a bit hairy, but as long as you make sure one side is secured (possibly by holding it down while pushing the other side) its easy to do.
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Bot cores were running at 100% under load at the same time. So I'm nto sure if this ruined the CPU or something? I'm playing with the idea of taking it off and checking to see if anything has happened, but then I'll have to reseat it.