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Bent Socket Pins and Thermal Paste Trails - FAIL BUILD NEEDS HELP

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June 16, 2013 9:52:41 AM

Hello all, i am helping a coworker build a new pc for work and we had a few problems. We caused these problems and due to health problems between the both of us it is too late to return anything. Photos at the bottom.

1. is that we discovered bent pins in the cpu socket board where the processor sits.
2. When applying the cpu/heatsink paste, we put too much on and while cleaning up, a trail was left across the computer towards the memory bays.

First i'm wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to bend the pins back in the safest way, or should i not even try to fix it myself and bring it to a computer repair specialist. The other question is do you think that the paste line will effect the computer, if a few tiny drops went into the holes? The Blue ram bars are the only ones we will be using, the black ones will go un used.

I am suggesting to my coworker we bring it to a local computer repair guy and pay around $75-150 to get it fixed and not try to do it ourselves, the company has already put lots of money into and we need to get this up and running. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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June 16, 2013 10:38:50 AM

Are you saying you bought this board and the pins were bent on the socket.
Because it looks more like the wrong type of Cpu was fitted in the wrong type of cpu socket was the cause of the damage.

If not return the board under Rma.

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June 16, 2013 10:44:36 AM

Shaun o said:
Are you saying you bought this board and the pins were bent on the socket.
Because it looks more like the wrong type of Cpu was fitted in the wrong type of cpu socket was the cause of the damage.

If not return the board under Rma.



Hello, we caused the bent pins. While removing a spec of paste on the frame of the cpu socket, a thumb pressed those 4 times down and i have no idea how the other 2 were bent. We can not return this (i don't think) because we bought it over 2 months ago, we were not able to get to this until recently because both of us had health issues to deal with.
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June 16, 2013 10:54:20 AM

Why.wouldyou have dribbling paste across the board? That from being careless, not using too much... Shouldn't hurt anything though.

As said if the board arrived damaged RMA it. If YOU damaged it need to figure out why first. Post your specs
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June 16, 2013 10:55:55 AM

If you damaged it you can't return it Amway. move them back in position or but a new board
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June 16, 2013 10:59:41 AM

It looks like what we call a land grid array in the socket LGA.
by the look of it you have lifted four of them when trying to wipe the excess paste off by wiping in the wrong direction lifting them up, and over.

You could use a craft knife to bend them back, just make sure none of the pins touch each other. You need to have a very steady and delicate amount of pressure to do this, flex the pins too many times or bend them, and they will shear off. Use a magnifying glass to check none of the pins touch it should work if done right. As for the paste most is none conductive so no worries about a short.
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June 16, 2013 11:12:04 AM

Okay, yes, it's a problem, laying blame doesn't help, let's fix it...first the pins, best way I've found is to take a couple of razor blades, set one each in the aisle next to the bent pins and squeeze them together gently, then do same in the aisles at a right angle to the aisles you just did. May have to do it a couple of times, but can generally straight the pins this way.

If any thermal paste in the socket, put a drop of rubbing alcohol on the compound, then take a coffee filter and using the outer edge of it, gently slide it down a aisle between pins, then a aisle at right angle to the previous aisle and continue throughout the affected area, rotating the filter as you go, this should get it pretty well cleaned up.

Next the slots and mobo, take the rubbing alcohol and use a foam swab (like a makeup applicator) and use it to clean the affected areas, is any in the DRAM slots, pull out the coffee filters again and double it then slide through slot, can sort of wrap it around the blunt end of a needle (end with hole in it, to guide it through.

Let all dry in a warm room for a couple of hours
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June 16, 2013 11:12:19 AM

For the pins, a mechanical pencil *might* work. Remove the lead, stick the hole over the pin, and gently try to nudge it back into place. If it doesn't work or breaks off...well..the board is already non-functional.
But...the overall resistance of those specific pins may be increased. And cause timing issues later on. No way to know until something weird happens.

As for the paste...some paste is electrically conductive, and may cause issues.
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June 16, 2013 3:22:33 PM

Thank you all for the replies, i am sharing some of them with my co worker now. He had purchased the coolermaster hyper 212+ heatsink and used that thermal paste, i can't find any information on the thermal paste and what is inside of it right now, i can look at it in the office tomorrow if needed. Thanks for the suggestion on using the alcohol and coffee filter, that sounds like it will do the trick! Will have to think about the pins, we are in no rush, we will look at this sometime early next week (monday - wednesday) but i think we have a good idea of what we can do!
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June 16, 2013 3:43:44 PM

highway68 said:
Thank you all for the replies, i am sharing some of them with my co worker now. He had purchased the coolermaster hyper 212+ heatsink and used that thermal paste, i can't find any information on the thermal paste and what is inside of it right now, i can look at it in the office tomorrow if needed. Thanks for the suggestion on using the alcohol and coffee filter, that sounds like it will do the trick! Will have to think about the pins, we are in no rush, we will look at this sometime early next week (monday - wednesday) but i think we have a good idea of what we can do!


As for the pin/pencil thing, I have used that exact method multiple times in another life as an aircraft mechanic. shhh...don't tell anyone.
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June 16, 2013 5:09:23 PM

This is common, most often with AMD CPUs, I carry razor blades and coffee filters in my PC/Net/A/V tool bag for just these purposes.
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