Solved Slightly bent micro atx motherboard

September 14, 2018 at 06:50:58
Specs: Windows 7, soon 10 , i3/8gb
Hi everyone, when building my pc I ended up following a video about putting on a cpu cooler but I did it outside of the case like the video and I regret it big time because my new motherboard is slightly bent on one end. Besides that I notice some fingerprints and marks on a couple spots of the board that look like they’re on permanently. I was wearing vinyl gloves to avoid that and it ended up doing what Inwas trying to prevent. They’re like these white like marks with fingerprint shapes here and there. I’m not in a situation where there is any deep cuts. Just wanted to know if you think this could be a big problem or if they’re made strong enough to survive being slightly warped. I ran It a couple times and there seemed to be no problems but it’s very hard to tell because I’m waiting for windows 10 to arrive, it’s only windows 10 compatible and I was trying 7 which didn’t allow any usbs to work, but the usbs worked in BIOS. So it looks like everything was running okay, just want to know if there’s long term worries about a slightly bent motherboard. I hope not because I’m having a lot of trouble trying to get the psu wires off now so I’ve just left it on. Thanks if you’ve read all this, hope you can help me because I don’t know what I should do.
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September 14, 2018 at 14:07:48
Looking at the manual, there are 6 mounting points, so there should be 6 standoffs. They generally don't come with the board; they come with the case. A slight bow in the board shouldn't be a problem, but I suggest you double check all the standoffs. Make sure you have all 6 in place & they're all at the same height.

As for the USB ports - there are no Win7 drivers available for the B360 chipset, so your choices are to install Win10 or install a USB card for Win7. Microsoft & its partners are doing their damnedest to force people to run Win10 on new hardware. I wonder why?

BTW, you might still be able to get Win10 for free, so don't throw down your money for it just yet. See the following: https://www.tomshardware.com/review...



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September 14, 2018 at 07:52:30
Whenever possible, the CPU cooler should be installed before the board is mounted inside the case. You didn't state the make/model of the board or cooler, so it's difficult to say whether there's a problem or not. But being that the board is bent, it could be that you installed something incorrectly. Are all the board standoffs in place?

Fingerprints shouldn't be an issue. I've been handling boards for over 20 years & have never worn any type of gloves. I don't know what the white marks are that you mentioned unless there was talc on the latex?

And the probable reason the USB doesn't work in Windows 7 is because you didn't install the drivers. Please post the make/model of the board.


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September 14, 2018 at 09:58:26
Is the board bent because a force is being applied to it, or is
the bend now more-or-less permanent? If it is bent because
there is a force on it, you almost certainly installed it incorrectly.
as riider suggests, you may have omitted a standoff, or used
one of the wrong length.

In 2010 I was so afraid of breaking my motherboard while trying
to shove in the legs of the default Intel cooling fan that I gave up
and bought a replacement that was held with screws.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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September 14, 2018 at 13:32:03
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September 14, 2018 at 14:07:48
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Looking at the manual, there are 6 mounting points, so there should be 6 standoffs. They generally don't come with the board; they come with the case. A slight bow in the board shouldn't be a problem, but I suggest you double check all the standoffs. Make sure you have all 6 in place & they're all at the same height.

As for the USB ports - there are no Win7 drivers available for the B360 chipset, so your choices are to install Win10 or install a USB card for Win7. Microsoft & its partners are doing their damnedest to force people to run Win10 on new hardware. I wonder why?

BTW, you might still be able to get Win10 for free, so don't throw down your money for it just yet. See the following: https://www.tomshardware.com/review...


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September 14, 2018 at 16:01:44
Is it possible the cooler is NOT installed correctly? The bend appears to be centered on the cooler location. Did you use the bracket for AMD boards? Some rubber gloves come with talcum powder on them. If you are concerned about it, wipe it off with a damp cloth. Allow to dry completely.

What is the Hex nut shown in one of your photos?

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Are you sure your CPU is fully seated? Check that the CPU did not come partially out when removing the old cooler. Did you release the ZIF lock and fully seat the CPU.

Some cases have raised bosses and do not require stand-offs.

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