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Originally Posted by Jared2608 View Post

I didn't switch her machine on when I bent the pins. I by mistake dragged my clumsy fingers over the socket, and three of the pins bent out of shape. My first thought was that I'd ruined the PC that was supposed to be a surprise. I decided to bend them straight, and dropped the CPU in. It booted no problem. I'd imagine if you didn't notice a bent pin, and tried to use it like that, you'd fail the POST because the CPU wouldn't be working. I'm still slightly concerned that even with a bent pin, he was able to boot from 3/4 RAM slots. Personally I'd ask for a new board, but if his machine is working, I guess that's fine too.

The problem was that bented socket pins weren't under the guarantee.