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    How do I remove an AGP heatsink?

    I have a 3D Prophet 2 MX 64 and I want to replace the current heatsink with a TT Blue Orb and I wish too know how I should proceed in doing so.
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    I used a credit card and a flat head screwdriver. Use the credit card to protect your vid card and pry the heatsink off with the screw driver. Be very careful not to slip and scratch the card or it will be a goner. Some people put it in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes to make the glue holding the heatsink on more brittle. Just as a warning, if you don't feel comfortable doing this, then don't. The last thing you want to do is destroy your vid card. Good luck.

    PS: Continue at your own risk. I assume no responsability if something happens to your vid card. Be careful.

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    Vid card heatsinks are usually attached by a tiny amount of glue or paste, so just twisting it around may work.

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    Thanks guys, I think i'll try twisting first, then the freezer, then the screwdriver.

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    Yes, this is a risky operation. I had an old soundcard and wanted to practice heatsink removal on it. So I stuck one on with superglue. The prying trick wouldn't work, nor would twisting. So I tried the refrigerator trick. Yep. The heatsink came off no problem. Only problem was that it took the whole darned chip with it

    Suffice it to say I now have a phobia about doing this. As much as I'd love to stick proper heatsinks on my Voodoo 5, I just don't have the guts to try it, nor the money to replace it with a Geforce 2 or 3.

    Good luck with it if you still wish to do it, but remember you need to be prepared that you may bugger your card up.

    My personal reccomendation is that you don't attempt it and just stick to running the card at the manufacturer's recommended clock speed.

    [This message has been edited by JonP (edited 06-28-2001).]

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    Thats what I would do JonP (stick with it) but the heatsink is way to small for the GPU and it runs almost as hot as my Athlon!

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