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post #1 of 5
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Hey guys, I have an ASUS Sabertooth z87 that I noticed has 1 bent pin (far bottom pin that is in it's own row by itself, when the motherboard is standing upright)

I used to jewelry flatheads, one to hold the base of the pin from moving and 1 other to bend the top part back straight (it was really bent into the plastic side of the plug)

I managed to get my front panel USB 3.0 plugged in and everything seems functional.

My question is, if I unplug this in the future, how hard will it be to get it back in?

Also, what size mechanical pencil could straighten the pin the best? 0.5mm? 0.7mm? I heard the mechanical pencil works good.

How strong are the pins? because I bent the pin already is it much easier to break at this piont?
post #2 of 5
Pins are very fragile, from my experience once it is bent, it will be even more fragile to any bends.
Can't tell you what tool to use though, as I have never done it my self (shaky hands). But heard the same as you that mechanical pencil works good.
    
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Yeah I was able to do it with the small flathead screw drivers, it was pretty easy actually.

I got it plugged in successfully as I stated, but I may go and fix my cable management in my case and I may need to unplug the USB 3.0...

..I'm kind of nervous about it; how many of you guys would unplug it after you got it plugged in?
post #4 of 5
I would unplug it if needed, just got to be careful. Since it is plugged in the pin is probably in the right position already.
So just be careful, and it will probably be fine! But of course, there is a risk.
    
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post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by go4life View Post

I would unplug it if needed, just got to be careful. Since it is plugged in the pin is probably in the right position already.
So just be careful, and it will probably be fine! But of course, there is a risk.

You're right!

I'm really tempted to go back with a mechanical pencil and straighten it out a bit more... though that would UBER SUCK if I got greedy and tried to straighten it out after fixing it and having it break!

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