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I completely bent on of my motherboard pins.

post #1 of 13
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Its not that really important but it just irks me that I wasted a slot leaving it useless. I bent one of the pin slots for my usb 3.0 panel on my motherboard. While i was taking it out, it wouldnt nudge off so i tried pulling it out, and half way it got stuck, so I slowly forced it out and when it finally did, it bent one or two of the side pins. It actually folded in a little bit.

How or can i save this pin and get it straightened it out? I tried using the empty lead pencil method and sliding the pin in, but it wouldnt do anything :/
post #2 of 13
Wouldn't do anything how? The mechanic pencil method is pretty good for straight pins, but a USB 3.0 header might be a little thick. Maybe try a 0.9 mm one, if you have it?
Any sort of thin strong tool that you can use to force the pin into position will work. Even using the cable itself could help, if you get it close enough to where it should be, try to put that pin in the cable hole first, then put the rest in (if it's on the end).
Try again with a pencil, or something skinny and strong. At least it wasn't a socket pin (which is what I thought from the title) thumb.gif
post #3 of 13
If worse come to worse try a butter knife. I used a thin point one to straighten out the bent pins on my original droid. I have really steady hands though and I'm a mechanic and do stuff like this all the time.
post #4 of 13
Post a picture please
post #5 of 13
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I by no means have a steady hand, and dangerous when it comes to mechanic things lol.

700

heres a pic. Its the bottom right two i believe. I cant tell which pins are bent because when i shine a light i cant see crap. But i can tell that they are bent for sure.
post #6 of 13
You're in luck! Those are super easy to bend back!

Mechanical pencil without the lead will slide right on top, bend it back slow until it is straight smile.gif

Another trick is the Quick connect if you have one, slide it over the bent pins first and the rest after, it will straighten them out thumb.gif
 
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post #7 of 13
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Whats a quick connect? and when i try to put in a mechanical pencil in the pin, it would just slide in and not straighten out, lol. Ill try again tonight and see what happens
post #8 of 13
When I was younger I did crap like this all the time with IDE cables and such.

Tweezers always worked well, they fit in there and if you grab it just right and pinch hard it will straighten right out. Don't pull just squeeze and it will flatten out.
post #9 of 13
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So after using the mechanical pencil method, and tweaser method. They didnt work quite how i wanted it to. So i tried the "plug-in the plug" method and hopefully itll go in and straighten out the pins. It went in pretty smoothly, and i thought "great it worked!" so i booted up my comp, and tested out the usb and still didnt work. So i unplugged the cord and i now i completely bent a pin allllllllll the way in. It folded in, lol. So i give up.

With that pin folded in, it shouldnt cause any problems to my motherboard should it?
post #10 of 13
Your attempts at fixing this make me :facepalm:

Anyway, as long as your pins aren't shorting anything, it's not going to hurt the board to leave them bent.
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