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[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX0iMawA9xY[/ame]

I made this video in an attempt to get a better view of what appears to be a bent pin. This is on my old dell motherboard that I've since replaced with a big bang xpower but I was hoping that I could use it for a backup PC or sell it. There definitely seems to be SOMETHING amiss with a pin (maybe two), but every time I try and really figure out which pin it is, it seems to disappear.

Just looking for some opinions on whether this is something that I need to worry about or if it will probably be okay, and/or how to go about properly fixing it.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 9
I either use a head cap with magnifying lenses and lights on them. Or a desk mount magnifying lamp. But yes you should fix the pins and you need to turn it a certain way to get the best view on it. But they are real easy to break so just take your time and be careful and it will go easily then.
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Thanks for the response. You do see that there is a bent pin or some sort of irregularity on the socket though, right? I feel like I'm going insane trying to pick it out of the line. I've read some people have taken their boards to a watch repair place or jewelry repair shop to have them fix it. I'm beginning to consider it since I apparently can't even see which pin it is...only that there is a small section that looks slightly out of place. Thanks again.
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Does the board work? If it does, just let it be.
I've a X58 board that had a couple of bent pins on the socket -- and I mean really bent --, but the board worked fine as it was.
I eventually fixed the pins with a regular needle I had at home but, was just to get some "peace of mind".

Anyways, why don't you RMA the board? Despite of the warranty terms, I know for a fact that Gigabyte for example, accepts the "bent pins" RMA and fixes the socket.
Drop an email explaining the problem at the board manufacturer costumer services, and wait for their answers.


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post #5 of 9
I always use a magnifying glass, surefire flashlight (nice and bright), and an eyeglass or jewlers screwdriver.

don't drink lots of caffeine before hand too lol biggrin.gif
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here's a diagram of what the pins should look like to give you some reference.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Rook;12553482 
Does the board work? If it does, just let it be.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Rook;12553482 
Anyways, why don't you RMA the board? Despite of the warranty terms, I know for a fact that Gigabyte for example, accepts the "bent pins" RMA and fixes the socket.
Drop an email explaining the problem at the board manufacturer costumer services, and wait for their answers.
Johnny

Thanks for the response. The board I posted about is actually my old Dell board that has since been replaced, but I was hoping to use it for a backup PC or to sell it. I haven't tested out the socket to see if it still works properly or not, but I wouldn't feel comfortable trying to sell a board that may have a defect.

I would imagine it works since the pin's bent look only seems noticeable at very particular angles and disappears from sight so easily.
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Update:

Finally figured out that the pin was bent upwards. I'm not sure how it happened, but I read that it usually happens when someone tries cleaning the pins with a cotton swab and the hook gets around a fiber as you pull the swab away. I've never done that, but either way...might be helpful to someone else.

ANYway, it was because the pin was bent upwards that it was so difficult to see. I had to raise the motherboard level with my face and then use one of those hands free magnifying glasses to see that it just needed to be pushed down a little bit harder than I had been doing in the video. I unbent a paperclip this time and the flat end was perfect to push down on the pin without having it slip.

No more bent pin. Thanks for the responses.

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did you test it to see if it works again?
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