[SOLVED] Motherboard Grabbed Standoff along with my screw from...

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GraysonPeddie
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Before I take the motherboard off, if I use the screwdriver to remove the screw, the standoff in a 2004 computer case (Silverstone with a single blue stripe from top to bottom in a black case) rotated as I try to remove the screw with the screwdriver. That won't do, so after I have no problems removing all the screws from the motherboard (all the standoffs stood still except one which I'm having trouble with), I thought I'd take off the motherboard which took the standoff along with it. When I do that, I can try to use my fingers to hold the standoff as I remove the screw, but nope. it won't help. I tried to use a very small adjustable wrench; no help. Plier (sp?)? No help as it won't hold onto the standoff.

It bothers me not be able to remove it, as I'm in the midst of moving all my computer components to my new NZXT Gamma GAMA-001BK (except my IDE DVD Drive as I want to use a flash drive instead for re-installations and get rid of that old-fashioned IDE cable). That new case will be used as a server, like the old one that I currently have. I bought my Silverstone computer case back on 2004 but it's not been used until 2007 when I build a new general-purpose computer. During 2008, my general purpose computer has been turned into a server (with no hardware change but added a NIC so I can use it as a router).

So now, I'm stuck without a server (I have a MythTV backend in Ubuntu Server 10.04 and an Asterisk telephony system -- do a search because I don't want to enter the "CAPTCHA.").

With the standoff stuck in a screw being such a biggest annoyance when transferring all my computer components, I might just buy a new motherboard and forget about my current mATX motherboard that I have, but I don't want to.

Any options before I take my motherboard to Best Buy (I don't have Fry's or Costco).

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.

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GraysonPeddie
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Where can I find those at?

Update: I've done it. It took me a whole lot of pain to get rid of the standoff and I got it. I did try to use a can opener, but it did nick some parts of the standoff that screws in to a computer case. I think I've used a wrench to get them off, but I can't remember. I did it while in the table, though, but after I broke the standoff from the screw,  I went like "finally" and went in ahead to put all the computer components in a new computer case and throw away the old one that I currently have.

I'd like to end my thread saying that I solved my problem. One thing that I'd like to mention is that the cold cothade light is so bright. It makes it look like a gaming case, but I'd like mine to serve as a server case, so the light in the front case is too bright, unfortunately. Perhaps NZXT targets gamers? Anyway, with a lot of mesh in the front bezel, the left side, and the top, plus with tooless (is it tool-less or tooless? This forum software marks "tooless" as an misspelled word), and a lighter computer case than my old 2004 computer case from Silverstone, NZXT Gamma GAMA-001BK is a nice computer case for server use, as it's got handles in it. :)

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.