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I have a Phenom I x4 here that has a 'few' bent pins. All intact, just a couple are bent. How it happened, I do not know. Picked it up off a client who's computer was broken for some reason >_>; Anyways, I attempted the Mechanical pencil technique to learn the pins on the CPU are too small so the pencil won't grab ahold of them. Did some tweezer work but It still won't fall into the socket, is tweezers the best way to go you guys think? And it kind of sits ontop of the socket semi-inserted but won't fall in nicely like a new CPU would, trying to apply some force wouldn't magically mold the pins into where they have to go right? I have them all atleast 80 degrees [angle] to 100 degrees, thinking I need atleast 85 or 95 degrees to get the cpu to fall into place but this isn't easy.
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post #2 of 6
Try a stiff credit card or something.. I've used this method before..
Also wanna sell that Phenom I x4 if you fix it?
I have a wanted thread for just such a cpu..
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Thanks for the advice, very good thinking! And sorry, I wouldn't want to sell it if I got it fixed. Got spare parts that was just looking for a mobo+cpu to complete a fully functional machine so I'm gonna use it for something if I can get it up and running.
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Try taking the eraser of that pencil pen and shave it off to a point so it is small enough to grip the top of the bent pin, Now grip the top of the pin with the eraser and try to line it up with the other pins. The pin will still be bent but you should be able to get it in the socket. Notice what end the bent pin is and push that side down first at a very slight angle till it goes in, try to wiggle it a bit. Be gentle, if it doesn't want to go in check the alignment again and readjust if necessary. Geeze this is starting to sound like a whole other topic...lol.
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Here's a step by step guide with pictures:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...bent-CPU-pins/

Basically the credit card trick to align the pins at an angle (diagonally).
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I always use a knife or razor blade to get them close to right, then a credit card type piece of plastic to streighten them using all the other pens as a guide.
    
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