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Broke a PIN off CPU, still works, this dangerous?

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July 17, 2005 10:26:57 PM

Have a P4 3.0 Ghz CPU

Well, i bent a pin and broke it off while trying to fix it. Had the courage to put the cpu back in and it has been working for several hours now without a problem.

Can I just keep on using it like this? Probably broke a less important pin, it was on the side, near the 2 spaces in the corner.
July 18, 2005 12:04:45 AM

You probably haven't broke a DATA pin, you may have broke and unassigned PIN, a ground or a power pin. If your CPU works fine, it'S good for you.

If your CPU is still covered by a warranty, I would ask for a RMA (if possible).

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July 18, 2005 12:37:02 AM

Sounds like you broke a ground pin - you're lucky!

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July 18, 2005 12:47:56 AM

You cant be any more lucky than that right there... Hopefully you have learned from your mistake!

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July 18, 2005 11:06:17 AM

If it's not an unused pin, but a ground pin, the CPU might seem to be OK, but getting erratic on some functions when you least expect it.

I hope you don't desing bridges or anything.
July 19, 2005 7:48:53 PM

Sorry to hear it.

I hope it never happens to you again but I read a tip for staightening bent CPU pins that sound pretty good. (I can't remember where I read this tip).

Remove the lead from a mechanical pencil. The shaft of the pencil should be 0.1 mm, the right size to fit over CPU pins. Push the now empty shaft over the bent pin and staighten it. Do not go past vertical. On your first bend it is better to be short of vertical to avoid snapping the pin.

Without knowing which pin you snapped we can't tell you how critical it is. If you are lucky it was a Vss (ground) or Vcc (VCore pin). There are lots of both on every CPU.

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July 19, 2005 7:51:11 PM

I straightened around 30 bent pins from an A-XP after it fell down the side of my bed and was left there for around 2 months with a fork - I can't beleive it still worked after all that!

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July 19, 2005 7:55:01 PM

...so you "forked" it? :) 



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July 19, 2005 8:54:19 PM

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July 19, 2005 9:03:12 PM

I used a needle-nose plier but it was like using a sledge hammer to crack an egg, not the right tool. That was just an old Socket A CPU that I repaired. No way to use the pliers on a modern CPU.

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July 19, 2005 9:37:30 PM

Yeah i tried to use needlenose before and broke one off, since then i always use a credit card or drivers liscense, seems to work fine.

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July 19, 2005 9:47:02 PM

No, but you could get yer dick stuck in a LGA-775!

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July 19, 2005 9:54:57 PM

It didn't take long for my bad joke to bring this thread down!

I haven't heard a good bent pin story for a while. The best one was something like, "I broke 5 pins... My CPU doesn't work any more... How can I fix it?..."

Can't remember any of the replies but they were bound to be good.

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July 20, 2005 6:32:59 AM

oh mine was a socket 7 k6 w00t 500mhz baby
July 20, 2005 6:42:39 AM

This remindes me of a guy I know that tryed to fit a K7 in a p4 board by snipping off some of the pins with wire cutters. Then he smelled smoke and called me up... All I did was laugh and hold my sides!

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