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Recently my CPU started to overheat. So I took of the H80i cooler and could see that I needed to replace the thermal paste.

Now I've just replaced the paste and connected everything back up and my PC won't boot up. It comes on for like half a second and then shuts off (see video)



I doubled checked all connections to make sure nothing was loose and also checked that the CPU was in correctly and securely. Still the same issue happens. So I took out the CPU again and on closer inspection I noticed a couple of pins are bent in the socket. Could this be the cause of why it doesn't boot?




Any help will be much appreciated.
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Yes, bent pins can cause a system to not boot. Either bend it back into position or RMA the motherboard.
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post #3 of 9
use an empty mechanical pencil to straighten the pin...
the little hole hte lead comes out.. slide that onto the bent pin and straighten it upright. good luck.. if you cant do it, u can always sell me the board =)
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yes indeed that would be the issue. the unfortunate thing is, I believe if you bend a pin on the cpu socket they will charge you to fix it. they don't cover that in their warranties as its user error. you could try to bend the pins back yourself with a really small set of tweezers or RMA but be prepared to pay for the repair. they might charge 50-150 depending on the amount of damage. as such if they try to nail you for 150 your probably better off just buying another board.
 
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try my solution first before tweezers or anything like that.. you dont want to touch any other pics.. use the mechanical pencil trick
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I would agree with the mechanical pencil method too. if failing that and the tweezers then RMA or sell the board for cheap and buy a different board
 
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Originally Posted by MrBlunt View Post

use an empty mechanical pencil to straighten the pin...
the little hole hte lead comes out.. slide that onto the bent pin and straighten it upright. good luck.. if you cant do it, u can always sell me the board =)

Good idea.

I couldn't find a mechanical pencil but I did find a set of those tiny screwdrivers you usually find in christmas crackers. I used one of these and pushed the 2 pins back up and now the PC boots!

Thanks for the suggestions guys thumb.gif
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good job. now you can go back to gaming or whatever else you do on your pc. smile.gif. just make sure to keep an eye on those pins in the future if you pull the chip out of the socket. they are very sensitive critters.
 
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post

Yes, bent pins can cause a system to not boot. Either bend it back into position or RMA the motherboard.

Yep, bent pins will in every way stop the PC from booting properly, and do note if you RMA some companies will flat out deny it since its user caused damaged, and some will charge for the RMA (socket replacement cost around $50)
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