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Windows 7: CPU Cooler: Screws cannot reach

03 Jul 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
CPU Cooler: Screws cannot reach

Hello guys.

I've recently ordered the Zalman FS-C77 Fatal1ty CPU Cooler for my motherboard (check specs, I do not remember the name ). It's supported with the 1156, I have the i5 2400k, I've heard CPU Coolers with the 1156 support, also fits in the 1155. In the box, follows a little extra box for the Clip Supporter for socket 1156/775. It showed how I could install the Clip for my type of socket. No problems there.
It did only show how I install the clip, not how I install the "rest", as in the CPU Cooler. So I just thought, as this little extra tutorial would work for 1156/755, I'd just continue on the actual manual where it explains how to install for 775. Why? Because the extra tutorial show for 1156 (mine), and for 775 (is also on the main manual). Can you follow?
So I continued on the main manual, and it said I should put the S-grips on the Cooler. Cool, no problem. I should also put "bolts", which are screws, down in the grips. So we're having two grips, and two screws in the grip holes - on the cooler. I said I should screw the screws (bolts) in the Clip Support, as I installed earlier.

The problem is that the Bolts could not reach the Clip Support. I attached some pictures of the manuals.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)

Update: It seems like it's on purpose that it has to be hard, lol.

SPCR • View topic - Zalman CNPS7000-alcu - How to get short screws to connect?

EDIT: I FIXED IT! It seems like I was forced to pull the screws down really hard. It obviously wants close contact with the CPU. Only a little drama happened.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

That is correct. With the Zalman line of CPU coolers, that's the way you have to install them. I spent an hour on the phone with tech support on how to install their CPU cooler. My problem that I had to figure out, is I had to mount the cooler to the mobo before I mounted the mobo. It takes some force to push down the fan to lock it inplace.

The only con to using the Zalman line, it that the larger the fan, mine was a 120mm, it covered almost all the RAM slots. So later on I switched to an upright cooler - 92mm. I could have gone with a 120mm but wasn't quite sure how it would fit but I have plenty of room for it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Jul 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)

Yes, and the drama and violence happens when you screw the 2nd screw in, and the 1st pops up. Ough.
I booted my computer, seems alright. Idle is around 30 degrees. The computer is a little slow at first sight, but I believe it's because I had every piece of hardware out.

Best Regards,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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