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Hi, I'm a greenhorn when it comes to making my own computer. I bought a motherboard from a shop and the slot where I'm supposed to install my CPU looks like this:

http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i6...t=IMG_2762.jpg

What exactly happened here? Is it possible to fix this on my own? (is it even a problem?)

EDIT: fixed link
post #2 of 15
Return that ASAP. Appears as if the socket has been damaged significantly.
post #3 of 15
I guess these are bent pins ...
The pic is blurry so it's hard to really tell.

I would get it back and get another. To me it's not worth the try.
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They were going out of business, I didn't really get to look at my parts until now and so I can't return it - so I'm just screwed, right?
post #5 of 15
You bought that retailed ?

You should go with RMA if the shop closed.
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You could attempt to fix it with tweezers before you RMA.
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I tend to be good with my hands and rather steady, how do I go about fixing it with tweezers, is there any special technique to it?

(I've been looking up various things, but all I've found is how to fix bent pins on the CPUs themselves with a .5mm metal tipped mechanical pencil)
post #8 of 15
Your best bet is to go with that 5mm pencil. Most companies won't accept motherboards with bent pins since it is considered "physical damage" which they will claim has likely occurred from improper seating of the CPU--a fault of the consumer and not the responsibility of the company.

Linus tech tips has a video of bent cpu pins that you can youtube. I'd be especially careful, though.

Oh, also, even if some of the pins are bent, if you have a CPU laying around, i would recommend testing it anyway. Sometimes the things will still work fine.

Out of curiosity, how much did the motherboard cost?
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I think it was 200 bucks (don't have the receipt on hand). Thanks for the help and the recommendations, I'll see what I can do.
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I think it was 200 bucks (don't have the receipt on hand). Thanks for the help and the recommendations, I'll see what I can do.
You could always try to explain the predicament to the company who made your motherboard. I've seen this work periodically with Gigabyte where they've replaced the motherboard even though the pins were damaged. This was done through the forums with a moderator's help, though.
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