Solved Does a CPU still work even if a single pin fallls off ?

August 8, 2012 at 15:53:16
Specs: Windows 7, M5A87
Hi Everyone,

Long story short a week ago when I was assembling my computer I placed too much thermal paste on the heat sink and the CPU got stuck to the fan. So today I try to remove the fan and the the CPU comes off with it even the CPU lock knob thingy wasn't opened. So some of the pins on the CPU get bent and I fix them with a credit card except one pin falls off. Now I try to open the computer and everything is powered but there is no output to the TV whatsoever and the computer no longer responds to the shutdown button once it is powered on. Prior to this the computer was working perfectly fine albeit with a lot of thermal paste on the CPU. So where do I go from here ? Do I need to get a new CPU? does the warranty cover the damage? Does a CPU still work even if a single pin fallls off ?

Any help is seriously appreciated and thanks in advance for actually reading this far.


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#1
August 8, 2012 at 16:04:52
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"Do I need to get a new CPU?"

Yes.

"does the warranty cover the damage?"

Highly unlikely.

"Does a CPU still work even if a single pin fallls off ?"

Only if a pin was an "N/C" (not connected) internally. While some of the very old ones may have been, real-estate on a CPU die is so expensive now that it's unlikely any of the pins on a newer CPU is unused...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
August 8, 2012 at 16:10:56
Is there any way that single pin can be fixed ? can't I take it to a computer shop and have them solder it back on or something ? I really don't want to get a new CPU.

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#3
August 8, 2012 at 16:36:57
If so, then you'd need to find someone very, very experienced in soldering. I work with surface-mount components every day, so it (small-scale soldering) is not something for the novice...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
August 8, 2012 at 17:20:34
Guess this is solved more or less. I'll try finding someone who can solder it if not i'll replace this processor with a 3.2 ghz FX processor thanks a lot for the help =)

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#5
August 8, 2012 at 17:39:43
You should have placed a tiny dab of paste about the size of a grain of rice in the center of the CPU, then locked the heatsink in place. Even if you used too much, the heatsink shouldn't have bonded to the CPU. A slight twist should have popped it right off. Anyhow, it's very doubtful the CPU can be repaired.

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#6
August 8, 2012 at 17:49:54
Lol I applied the thermal paste as if I was applying ketchup it looked like a cheese burger by the end of it the thermal paste was just gushing out of the heat sink but it's a good thing this happened now when I had a relatively bad processor. A month or two from now I would have had a much better processor and replacing it would have taken its toll on my wallet.

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#7
August 9, 2012 at 05:15:02
I don't know why you think it's funny? You destroyed a CPU & wasted your money due to not reading the instructions or doing any research.

http://www.elitekiller.com/pics/AS5...

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/svco...


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#8
August 9, 2012 at 11:49:54
I'm glad to say my computer is up and running thanks to the new CPU I got today and thanks riider the second picture was exactly what I needed !
and btw the reason I laugh about it and think it's funny is because it's what I do when I mess up I take it as a general rule in my life to learn from my mistakes and then laugh about them later that way I realize how trivial they are !

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