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Trouble removing "spring screws" on heatsink, ASUS motherboard

November 11, 2012 7:24:44 PM

Hi everyone,

I am cleaning a computer with an ASUS M3A78 Pro motherboard, and I am having trouble removing an orange heat sink with a black plaque with "ASUS" on it. In the online manual it shows as "AMD [something]" (It's blurry). I think it's the video chip? (I can't remember the name of it). The heat sink has two black spring/screw looking things that appear to be holding it on.

I push the springs down and it seems like it might be releasing, but I am not able to get it up or off. I am doing this because I want to apply new thermal paste, as the CPUS's was dry. Any ideas? Thank you.