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2020/06/05 16:59:56 (permalink)
Hi. I have an EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX that has been working fine until the fan got filled up with collected dust and dirt, and over-heated and shut down. I removed the board from the computer and carefully cleaned all of the accumulated gunk out of the blades of the fan. It was totally filled with dirt.
 
Now I need to clean the radiator fins. There are heat pipes going to a radiator that the fan blows air through. I'm pretty sure those fins on the radiator have collected a bunch of dust and dirt too, so they should get a good cleaning.
 
The radiator is covered by a plastic and metal cover that is screwed down with tiny screws. No problem. I removed 2 screws, but cannot see any more. But the cover is still being held down by something. I can see that the end of the cover at the back is tucked under the mounting bracket. That will be easy to deal with when I can liberate the front of the cover.
 
So can someone tell me where the hidden screws are, and how to free the cover?
 
BTW: I'm an old (very old) TV repairman, computer field engineer, computer builder, etc., so I can handle removing a cover and cleaning a board. I just need to know where the hidden hold-down points are located.
 
Is there a chart or diagram somewhere?
 
Thanks.
 
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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/05 17:02:17 (permalink)
    Welcome to the EVGA Forums
     
    sorry for the delat .. had to release your post from the filter
     
     
    Usually canned air & a vacuum is all you need to clean a cooler.  Careful not to damage the fan - by over-revving it.
     
    I'll look - see what I can find on disassembly
     
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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/05 17:06:37 (permalink)

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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/05 19:23:58 (permalink)
    I know on my 8800GTS 320's 2 of the cover shroud screws were on the edges, under the big sticker on the top of that shroud. GTX is right though, if you could give us a model number that would greatly help us help you.
    Sounds like to me he might have the 8800gtx ultra card but hopefully he'll get back to us.

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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/05 19:52:51 (permalink)
    There's different models, but basically remove all the screws on the back of the PCB (one might be covered with a sticker), the 2 screws on the rear exhaust plate, the one screw in the top-right corner of this pic..There may be cover screws which are inside that you can't get to until you remove the heatsink/fan assembly from the PCB.

    You'll get it eventually..Not hard..Just start taking out screws until it comes apart.

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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/05 19:57:23 (permalink)
    Just in case you want to go the extra mile...
     

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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/09 01:02:00 (permalink)
    Thanks for all of the responses. I haven't gone through all of them yet, but I can answer the first question, about the model number:  This is on the paper stickers on the back:
    GeForce 8800GTX P/N: 768-P2-831-AR
    768ME PCI-E

    MODEL P355
     Now apparently the first line is what you were looking for.  768-P2-831-AR
     
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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/09 01:04:45 (permalink)
     
    Oops! Missed na 'N'  :  768-P2-N831-AR
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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/09 01:50:56 (permalink)
    Just take all the screws out I mentioned and are shown in the photo link in my Post #5.
     
    Don't be surprised if the 1mm thermal pads are junk because they used what looks like cheesecloth embedded with some kinda TIM instead of conventional rubbery thermal pad you get today..The ones like that in my 9800 GTX literally turned to dust.
     
    So be sure to have some/enough decent thermal pad and thermal paste on-hand.

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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/09 13:30:38 (permalink)
    Yes. Thanks for all for the help. I watched the video, and now I see what I must do. I have plenty of new thermal paste, but no thermal pads, so I just ordered them. They should be here within 2 weeks. I'm going to proceed slowly and do this right.
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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/09 13:40:13 (permalink)
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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/09 13:58:16 (permalink)
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    Yes. Thanks for all for the help. I watched the video, and now I see what I must do. I have plenty of new thermal paste, but no thermal pads, so I just ordered them. They should be here within 2 weeks. I'm going to proceed slowly and do this right.
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    Re: Removing cover from EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 2020/06/11 20:18:42 (permalink)
    I love that there's a guy still messing with an 8800 gtx, and no I'm not being sarcastic.
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