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2 years ago#1
a buddy of mine who I work with had gotten a motherboard for free but about 3 or so pins on it are bent. The guy who gave it to him because of this. He said if he could fix it then it would work. My buddy doesn't have any experience with this (neither do I) but how will you know if the board will work after you straighten out the pins? Will the CPU seat correctly even with bent pins? And will the CPU even work if the pins are not positioned correctly?
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2 years ago#2
If it's the cpu socket it's ruined. I/O connector pins might be ok but I would risk ruining a cpu for a very slim chance at the board even working.
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2 years ago#3
gsf4lyfe posted...
If it's the cpu socket it's ruined. I/O connector pins might be ok but I would risk ruining a cpu for a very slim chance at the board even working.


I told him to use some type of strong magnifying glass and some small tools to see if he can get them straighten out. But I told him I have no idea if the CPU would even boot if the pins are bent. How would he know that? Would the PC even start? If so and the pins are bent, how do you know if there is any damage being done to the CPU or motherboard itself?

also would the CPU even seat correctly if the pins are bent?
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2 years ago#4
sonicteam2k1 posted...
gsf4lyfe posted...
If it's the cpu socket it's ruined. I/O connector pins might be ok but I would risk ruining a cpu for a very slim chance at the board even working.


I told him to use some type of strong magnifying glass and some small tools to see if he can get them straighten out. But I told him I have no idea if the CPU would even boot if the pins are bent. How would he know that? Would the PC even start? If so and the pins are bent, how do you know if there is any damage being done to the CPU or motherboard itself?

also would the CPU even seat correctly if the pins are bent?


It's ruined. All he is goihb to accomplish is ruining whatever cpu he tries to seat in the socket.
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2 years ago#5
Yeah, if it were any other pins on the motherboard, it is worth a shot or there could be an alternative. In this case I would say that mobo is bricked and should not be used.
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2 years ago#6
_GRIM_FANDANGO_ posted...
Yeah, if it were any other pins on the motherboard, it is worth a shot or there could be an alternative. In this case I would say that mobo is bricked and should not be used.


what exactly did you mean? I didn't understand
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2 years ago#7
I've fixed bent socket pins before and everything was fine. Just bend them back into place and see if it works.
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2 years ago#8
MasterDonGero posted...
I've fixed bent socket pins before and everything was fine. Just bend them back into place and see if it works.


i get this but is there a indicator that board is working correctly? is it binary like the board either works or it doesnt? or will it work but experience problems? and will the issues be obvious? he is going to work on it tomorrow after work.
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2 years ago#9
Just tell him to go for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained
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2 years ago#10
WyzeGye posted...
Just tell him to go for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained


well if it cooks his Cpu then that's something lost perhaps
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