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October 6, 2012 4:33:22 PM

I have an AMD Phenom II 1045T CPU and I think I might have really screwed up my CPU. I took the CPU out of the socket to clean off the old thermal paste and while cleaning it I bent the outermost pin on the left side of the chip. Did I destroy my CPU?

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October 6, 2012 4:34:43 PM

Probably not BUT you are going to have to be very careful when fixing the bent pin. Take a .5 inch mechanical pencil and empty out the lead. Take the head of the .5 inch pencil and carefully insert it over the pin. Now carefully and gently bend the pin back into place. The most important thing is to be slow and careful. If you break the pin completely then you really are screwed.
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October 6, 2012 4:37:18 PM

Do what rds said about rebending the pin back in place. Next time though, just take off the metal that holds the CPU to the mobo and clean the cpu while its still in the socket carefully with cotton swabs. It might take a little longer but you wont ever bend pins that way, much safer
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October 6, 2012 4:57:45 PM

Thanks to both of you guys. I did try what RDS said and the CPU fits back into the socket. It is also starting up fine and making it past the POST.
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October 6, 2012 5:03:57 PM

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October 6, 2012 11:20:42 PM

rds1220 said:
Probably not BUT you are going to have to be very careful when fixing the bent pin. Take a .5 inch mechanical pencil and empty out the lead. Take the head of the .5 inch pencil and carefully insert it over the pin. Now carefully and gently bend the pin back into place. The most important thing is to be slow and careful. If you break the pin completely then you really are screwed.

I've never really had this idea hit me before, excellent tool for the job. Thanks as well for the next time I do this!
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