Hello, I have to send back a motherboard back because of a failed on board network adapter. If the CPU is still attached to the fan when I remove it, is it a good idea to remove the CPU from the fan before reinstalling the CPU on the hopefully new mobo?
How did you get the cpu out of the socket without removing the heatsink?
LGA 1156 has a bracket that doesn't enable the fan to remain attached, so yes, you will need to remove the cpu from the heatsink. You are lucky in regards to the cpu not having any pins you need to worry about, but you will still need to be very careful when separating them; what I usually do is apply a twisting motion, since pulling can crack your chip.