PClopnik - CPU cooler edition, I need some help once more!

HOLY FUCK I AM FRUSTRATED

I was happy when I got my Coolermaster 212 cpu cooler. I have plenty of clearance and was looking forward to some much quieter computing.

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I need to go round the back side of the motherboard to screw in some posts, onto which some risers screw on, into which the cooler itself mounts.

However, the HP and/or Intel stock cooler backplate is fucking glued on. I tried using a hair dryer, floss, etc. but that fucker is on there for good.

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The thing that pisses me off is that the CPU mounting bracket screws into the cooler bracket, so I had to remove the CPU and its mount before finding out that the stock cooler backplate is glued on with the adhesive equivalent of... mithril. Or adamantium, or some mix of the two.

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That’s not from my PC but that’s what it looks like. The three screws around the center are where the CPU bracket screw into, so even if I could remove the backplate I don’t know how secure the CPU bracket would be.

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How can I get this installed? My thinking was to use the existing backplate but find longer screws for the risers:

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The problem part is that bottom screw - it needs to go through the back plate and motherboard and act as a post for the riser (the nut in the middle) to hold onto, and then screws on the bracket screw into the riser. I think I tried to do things the hard way by removing the old backplate, but I think all I need is a slightly longer screw. Do they sell these kinds of screws at Home Depot? I looked all around the house for screws, even dug out the old PC, but I”m at a total loss here.

Is it even possible to install this, or should I just return it? I’m determined to make it work...

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