How to Fix Bent CPU Pins

How to Fix Bent CPU Pins

It’s not the end of the world if CPU pins are bent. With enough time and luck, you can get them back in order, and the CPU will start working again. CPUs are fragile, so you need to be careful and precise when you start to straighten the pins.

There are many ways to fix bent CPU socket pins, which is good news.

People have made tools just for straightening bent pins, but I’ll show you how I do it. And you won’t have to pay anything!

In this article, I’ll show you how to:

  • Find out what makes pins on CPUs bend.
  • Use a mechanical pencil to straighten out bent pins.
  • Use a needle to fix bent pins.
  • Your credit card can be used to straighten out rows of bent pins.
  • I’ll also tell you a few things you can do next!

CPU pins and pins on the CPU socket are very weak and bend easily.

When you handle a CPU chip, you should always be extra careful.

Most pins get bent because the CPU wasn’t put into the socket correctly and then locked in place.

Another sure way to damage the pins is to drop the CPU.

Dirt or other junk in the pin grid of the socket, which can bend the CPU pins, is a less common cause.

The pins will be bent out of place if you bump the CPU against any surface.

Even worse, I once got a new CPU in the mail that already had a few pins bent.

If you don’t fix bent pins, your computer’s hardware will break. Usually, your PC won’t even turn on.

CPU Socket pins that have been bent are easy to fix with things you already have around the house.

How to Tell if CPU Pins are Bent

You should be able to tell by looking at them if they are bent. If the pins in the CPU are not broken, they should all be straight and lined up.

If you can’t tell if the pins are bent, try looking at the CPU from different angles or using a magnifying glass. Since the CPU and pins are so small, a mounted magnifying glass could help you find and fix bent pins.

If you hold the CPU up to your eye level and look straight down the rows, you might be able to tell if some of the pins aren’t standing straight.

How to keep CPU pins from getting bent

When working with your CPU, you should always be careful. Don’t put it under something heavy or use other tools on top of it. The pins could be bent by something as simple as dropping a screwdriver.

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When working with the CPU and motherboard, be careful. If you want to take it off, lift it straight up with two fingers and put it somewhere where the pins won’t touch anything.

How to Fix Bent CPU Pins

The razor blade and credit card

The razor blade and credit card

With this method, you can fix bent pins with a credit card or a razor blade. Razor blades are a little bit more dangerous, but their bases are thinner, which might make it easier for them to fit between the rows. It all depends on what you can find and what you like best.

Step 1: For this method, you need a hard, flat surface to put the CPU chip on with the pins facing up.

Step 2: Find the card that will do the job. Make sure the plastic card isn’t too thin. Your credit card or a gift card will work just fine. This will make it easy to bend the pins back.

Step 3: Find a row of pins on your processor chip that are bent.

Step 4: Gently slide the plastic card through one bent pin in both directions, making a “#” shape with the card. Make sure you don’t bend any of the other pins. When you do this, the pin will be straight in each direction.

Step 5: Put the CPU back on the motherboard without pushing or shoving it. This will keep the pins from getting bent again. Turn on your computer one last time to see if the method worked.

Use Mechanical pencil

Use Mechanical pencil

When you fix bent pins with a mechanical pencil, you are trying to straighten out each pin one at a time. Before you start, you should always take the lead out of the pencil.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: The mechanical pencil needs to fit tightly around each CPU pin, so you need to find a pencil with an opening of 0.5 or 0.7 millimeters.

Step 2: Carefully take out any pencil lead that is still in the mechanical pencil. The opening of the pencil needs to be clear of anything.

Step 3: Carefully place the empty tip of the mechanical pencil over a bent pin and move the tip slowly so that you can straighten the pin back to its original shape.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 for each of the CPU pins that are bent. But be careful not to bend the pins too many times. From what I’ve seen, they get very brittle and break easily if you do.

Step 5: Once you’ve realigned all the pins, put your CPU chip back on the motherboard and turn on your computer to see if everything works.

Using A Sewing Needle Tweezers

Using A Sewing Needle Tweezers

Find small tweezers if you want to grab the CPU pin and move it back into place with them. They also have to be non-magnetic and anti-static.

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Step 1: Find a needle that fits between two pins on the CPU. If you don’t have needles at home, you can also use small tweezers or a toothpick.

Step 2: Gently slide the needle under each bent pin, being careful not to scratch the surface of your CPU chip.

Step 3: Now, pull up on one end of the needle to help push the bent pin back into place.

Step 4: Use the needle to try to straighten the other bent pins, and if they still need to be bent a little, try the mechanical pencil method to get all the pins straighter. Again, be careful not to bend the pins too much so they don’t break.

Step 5: Connect your processor to the motherboard and turn on your computer to see if the trick worked.

Will my computer be hurt by bent CPU pins?

Will my computer be hurt by bent CPU pins?

If the pins on a CPU are bent, you can’t use them. Before you can put the CPU on the motherboard, you have to straighten the pins. Even if the computer works, which is unlikely if there is a lot of bending, there will still be problems with how it works. All of the parts need to be put in the right places and in the right order.

Some people have been able to use CPUs with a few bent pins, but it’s better to fix them than to hope for the same luck.

If the pins on a CPU are bent, it might be best to return it under warranty, but that isn’t always possible. If you can’t get a new one, try to put the pins back where they should be.

How to prevent and advice for you

No matter what method you use to fix bent CPU pins, these rules apply.

  1. As much as possible, you should never touch the surface of the CPU. Even if you’re using a razor blade or credit card to straighten by moving down rows of pins, you should focus on making contact with the pins and not the surface of the CPU.
  2. Be careful to keep the pins from touching each other.
  3. Don’t ever try to move something that doesn’t want to move. For example, if the space between the pins on your credit card is too small, you can use another thin object in the same way. It’s better to have to find another device than to break your CPU.
  4. If you are having trouble moving a pin with one sewing needle, try using two. Just put one on each side of the pin, and then use both of them to move it into place.
  5. When metal is warm, it is easier to bend. Make sure to do this in a warmer room instead of one that is cooler. Some people have warmed up their CPUs with a hair dryer before adjusting the pins, but that could hurt the CPU. Be careful at all times.
  6. Don’t bend the pins over and over again. They can only move around so much before they break.
  7. Some people said that after they fixed bent pins, the CPU cooler was too tight to install. Make sure the screws are tight, but not too tight. It’s possible that your problems aren’t caused by the bent pins, but by the CPU cooler.
  8. Don’t forget that static can destroy a CPU. When working on your CPU, look for an antistatic wristband and mat. You can also use tools like tweezers that are made for computers.
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How to prevent and advice for you

Frequently Asked Questions

Can CPU Pins be bent back?

Yes, sure you can! This is easy to fix if the damage isn’t too bad.

What problems can be caused by bent CPU pins?

First of all, never try to install a CPU if the pins on it or the motherboard are bent (find more information about LGA vs. PGA here). Before using them, ALWAYS try to straighten them out as much as possible.

When it comes to the problems they can cause, they can do anything from nothing to killing the CPU if the wrong pin falls off.

What problems can be caused by a missing CPU pin?

There’s no way to know for sure unless you try to run it. Some pins are set aside for future processors, or they may be used for testing. Even if one of these pins is missing, your processor will still work fine.

But if any of the other pins are missing, your computer could be unstable or even stop working.

Can broken CPU pins be put back together?

Not really, but if you’re desperate and you’ve broken one or more pins on a PGA processor, there is a way around it that you can try (assuming you still have the broken pin).

First, figure out which pin fell off the CPU. When you find it, look for its place on the socket on the motherboard.

Now, put the broken pin in the right place on the socket on your motherboard. Repeat as many times as you have broken pins. Finally, carefully drop your CPU into the socket to install it. Here is a video that shows you how to do it.

Please keep in mind that if you mess this up, you are likely to hurt your CPU or motherboard even more (or both).

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