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I just put a motherboard in a case.
Bought the motherboard here as a matter of fact.
Well i wasnt really thinking and took a rag to wipe the metal cpu holddown free of thermal paste.
Well you know what happened.
To the naked eye it looks like two or three pins are bent.
DOH!!!!!!!
Any way to repair them??
Is it possible????
Has it been done round these parts?????????????
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post #2 of 12
I used a toothpick to straighten out the pins. The CPU will never go into the socket easily again, but it is fixable with a lot of patience. I also used a credit card to help guide me as it gave me a straighter vantage point compared to the rest of the pins. Just place the card between the rows of pins to get a better view of the pins in line with the specific bent one.



edit: By pins, you mean on the motherboard socket? I thought you where referring to an AMD CPU or one with pins. Your best bet with the socket is still to try and bend them back with a toothpick.
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post #3 of 12
I think he's speaking of the pins on an LGA socket, not on a CPU.

A similar premise should apply. Bend them back. Small, good quality, needle nose tweezers are a must. You'll have to be pretty careful not to over do it, or make anything worse, but it should be repairable.
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post #4 of 12
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Yes i mean the pins on 775 motherboard.
Ill have to find a good toothpick.
And a magnifying glass.

You guys have given me hope.
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post #5 of 12
I suppose try to use a toothpick and **** around with the pins in the socket.

Never bent one myself.

Worse comes to worse - you will have to use my RMA faq and get a new board.
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by d3daiM View Post
I suppose try to use a toothpick and **** around with the pins in the socket.

Never bent one myself.

Worse comes to worse - you will have to use my RMA faq and get a new board.
Although most places would consider that physical damage, voiding the warranty.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Semper Fidelis View Post
Although most places would consider that physical damage, voiding the warranty.
Trust me.

Tell them you don't know what happened, you turned on the computer and it was not working.
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post #8 of 12
mechanical pencil works to, use the small one like # 2 i believe
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post #9 of 12
I bent the pins on my 1207 LGA. It's not terribly hard to bend them back. The pins are softer than regular (478,939, AM2, etc) style pins, so you'll have to be careful, but they also seem to have a kind of memory.
    
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If, by happenstance, you've bent some pins on your precious CPU, all is not lost. All you need to do is find a very narrow, stiff piece of plastic -- like the credit card you used to buy the CPU -- and slide it into the row where the bent pins reside and slowly, very gently, wiggle the victims into line.
Source: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...,838346,00.asp
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