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Possible to fix these bent pins?

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You cant really see it, but it is all the way on the right side, about 8 pins down.

A while back, my pc overheated on me. So i took it apart, reapplied thermal paste, reseated the heatsink, and tried booting it up again. The computer itself would turn on, all fans running and everything, however would never boot up.

I took it back apart and saw those bent pins...my heart sank. I gave up and that computer has been sitting in my closet for over a year. Now i want to try to fix it back up and get it working again, because it was a beast of a computer.

I do not know if the motherboard will ever work again, or if i did anything to the processor by trying to boot it up multiple times with the bent pin. Just trying to figure out if it is even worth it. I don't understand how 2 pins could be bent like that, without the rest of it being messed up.

EDIT: The processor is an intel q6600, and the motherboard was a cheaper socket 775
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Use a small fin object to prise the pins upright. I would not risk it however.
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Use a small fin object to prise the pins upright. I would not risk it however.
Ive unbent pins on alot of boards and processors as long as there not broken I havent experienced any problems you just have to be EXTREMELY careful when doing this its alot harder than it looks.

I took a exacto knife and dulled the edge completely and use it to help me move bent pins back into place.

Just remember if you break them your screwed do at your own risk
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since you have two options of buying a new board or fixing that one. I would say since you are probably going to buy a new one anyway, try and fix it and if you ruin it, then you haven't really lost anything. Worth a shot.
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ok, so lets say the motherboard is done for. Is there any way i can test to make sure that my processor is still working? I don't want to buy another motherboard and end up having to buy a processor as well.
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post #6 of 41
Use a thin object. I accidentally bent ~20 pins on my old cpu. I used the backside of a knife to straighten them. Worked without a problem.

Just be gentle, line it up with your eye so you can see down the entire row. That way you can make sure to get the bent pins to be inline with the rest of the row.

Best of luck
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Can you get a mechanical pencil over it? I've straightened a few using this method. Just remove lead and insert pin into opening and veeerrryyy gently straighten it up
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ok, so lets say the motherboard is done for. Is there any way i can test to make sure that my processor is still working? I don't want to buy another motherboard and end up having to buy a processor as well.
How do you know the motherboard is done for?

To answer your question, unless you destroyed where you drop the CPU into (the cpu socket)... then after straightening the pins, you should be able to drop the CPU back into it (no force. if it doesnt go in on its own, you need to do more straightening).
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Two of my pins were bent and then my computer couldn't read all of my ram but once I straightened them out everything worked out fine.
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Can you get a mechanical pencil over it? I've straightened a few using this method. Just remove lead and insert pin into opening and veeerrryyy gently straighten it up
Sounds interesting. But it would be harder to get the pins in line with the rest of the row (ie: truly straight) using this method opposed to the one I suggested
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