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    Bent Pins!!!!

    Whoops bent the pins on my cpu last night after removing my heatsink to find my processor attached and zif leaver still down, how much damage have i actually done, managed to straighten the pins to near perfect and it has fit back in fine, all pins are still on the processor too.

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    Well if you bend the pins repeatedly they might eventually break off, but if they're still attached now the processor should continue to work fine. Don't worry about it.

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    My 2600+ had some nice bent pins, still worked fine. If you can get it back in the socket and push down the thingy then it usually straightens the pins back out

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    Ah, the wonder of fingernails :- )

    Fixer of CPU's, IDE, odd little capacitors/transistors and picking up those impossibly small screws caught between that bit of solder on your motherboard and the metal of your case.

    Beware of fire. ;- )

    No, I'm kidding. Everything should be fine. Most of my cluster I bought from staples (£25 per 500mhz amd k6-2's) have had bent and repaired pins. A bargain that, 10 PC's for £250
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    Bent over 20 pins on my CPU when i tried to take them heatsink off

    Used a needle to bend the pins straight again (took over 2 hours to do)

    I am using the PC now to type this message and seems to be running fine
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    I swear they have started mixing super glue with heatsink compound these days i've pulled out two processors recently (no bent pins tho) whilst attached to the heatsink.

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    Or just don't put so much on the first place, my housemate put so much as5 on he had to literally rip the cpu out of its socket to get the hsf off...

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    just take it easy from now on when removing the cpu. As long as all the pins go into the slots then it'll be fine. if it works then dont bother trying to get them straight. Thats when things go t!ts up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajagra
    Twist then lift!
    yep, or just pull and pray if its on an allready knackered work machine

    thinking about this too - some machines its not actually easy to do that, ic-7 max 3 as example, infact its a pain to get the CPU clips off the OTES side, let alone the attempted twist!! the longer the compounds been on there too - it can go rock hard, making it actually safer to attept to take the cpu off with the heatsink (carefully) and using the cpu edge to try and slide the thing off, slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Horse
    Or just don't put so much on the first place, my housemate put so much as5 on he had to literally rip the cpu out of its socket to get the hsf off...
    Mine was the 3 year warranty retail boxed A64 socket 939 3000+ so came with a blob of gunk on the bottom of the heatsink, but when i wanted to check the heatsink was put on properly i ended up having the same thing happen as your mate Having to rip the CPU out of the socket

    About twisting the heatsink good in theory but not good in practice as the heatsink on A64 is inside a plastic holder and if you twisted it you'd just end up breaking that too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravens Nest
    Mine was the 3 year warranty retail boxed A64 socket 939 3000+ so came with a blob of gunk on the bottom of the heatsink, but when i wanted to check the heatsink was put on properly i ended up having the same thing happen as your mate Having to rip the CPU out of the socket

    About twisting the heatsink good in theory but not good in practice as the heatsink on A64 is inside a plastic holder and if you twisted it you'd just end up breaking that too

    You could alwse unscew the bracket.

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    Sometime if "resonable force" will not remove a HS then try lifting the lever and removing HS and chip at the same time. Then using a razor blade or some other sharp thin implement (I''m thinking scalpels - they can be bought from craft shops) to carefully slice though the thermal compound if it has truly bonded heatsink to chip. Be patient and careful! Children - get an adult to help!

    If you have bent pins then try to use the minimum of force to bend them back. The pins will work-harden (i.e. bending the pins more, will make them more brittle and make them more likely to break) but as long as they remain whole then there will not be a problem in re-use.
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    Not always easy to get at the lever when the heatsink is in place!
    For straightening pins I normally use a jewellers screwdriver and a lot of care, but only because I could never find the perfect tool, which would be a thin metal tube placed over the pin to allow safely levering it back into place. The answer is to use a propelling pencil! (Without lead! )
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    This was the stock AMD Cooler with The stock Shiz that goes on it, I was ACTUALLY amazed
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    Quote Originally Posted by rajagra
    Not always easy to get at the lever when the heatsink is in place!
    For straightening pins I normally use a jewellers screwdriver and a lot of care, but only because I could never find the perfect tool, which would be a thin metal tube placed over the pin to allow safely levering it back into place. The answer is to use a propelling pencil! (Without lead! )
    Jewellers screwdriver is the technique I use too. The propelling pencil is a great idea, I'll have to give that a try!

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