How to Fix Bent CPU Pins
Out of all of the components of a modern personal computer there isn't any component that I can think of that has more potential to cause problems during installation then the processor. Itís the heart of the system, and in that aspect if you mess it up, be prepared to suffer undue amounts of frustration.
I recently had the pleasure of performing a colossal blunder which accidentally led to the pins on my CPU becoming so bent that the chip would not fit back into the socket. I was distraught beyond belief because the process of ordering a new processor would take a minimum of a week even with expedited shipping.
After taking a few minutes and formulating a plan, I was able to create a nifty little tool for bending even the most dastardly of crooked CPU pins back in to shape.
1. Jack Knife or thin piece of metal
2. Some sort of pliers
3. Something small that you can bend into a small loop (I used a resistor, but a small paper clip would work as well)
4. Something to hold the CPU in place as you work on it(I used poster putty)
Step 1 - Find a Piece of Metal
The first thing to do is to create the tool that you will use to straighten the pins. Take your paper clip or resistor, and use your pliers to start bending the end of the object into a hook.
Step 2 - Bend the Hook
Take the hook and continue to bend that into a small circle that has a large enough diameter to fit around a cpu pin.
Step 3 - Fasten Down the CPU
Fasten the cpu to whatever surface you are working on. I used the poster putty.
Step 4 - Smallest Problem Goes First
Bend the pins that are least bent first. You can use a jack knife or thin piece of metal to straighten out the rows and columns of pins. Use the knife or piece of metal as demonstrated in the pictures.
Step 5 - Fish Hooks
For the really stubborn pins...I like to call them fish hooks, you can place your bending tool around the pins and slowly bend them straight.
Step 6 - Be Patient
Repeat steps 4 and 5 over and over with a lot of patience until the pins look straight enough to fit back into the socket.
It took me a few tries before I was able to get them straight enough. The processor is now happily running in the computer that I am using to write this article.