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CPU was stuck to my cooler

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Last response: in Systems
March 2, 2010 2:55:45 PM

I decided to replace my stock cpu cooler for a Mugen 2. Everything went well till I removed my stock cooler.
My processor was stuck on my stock cooler with the cpu lock still locked.
So I thought that I bended/snapped off every pin on my processor
So I assembled my computer back together in fear that I killed my processor. After 2x2 hours with Prime95, no errors.
I guess I'm extremly lucky :??: 


But I am baffled by the fact that my cpu socket was still locked when I ripped my processor out of the mobo. Anybody an explanation?

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March 2, 2010 3:19:10 PM

Yes, you did get lucky. I've found the easiest way to safely remove the HSF is to warm it up first. I usually run something like Prime95 for a few minutes to warm up the CPU. I then shut it down, turn off the PSU, and remove the HSF while the CPU is still warm. It also helps to use a slight twisting motion when removing a HSF that's been installed for a while.