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Targ
03-09-2006, 04:03 PM
I did last night. FX55 to be exact, so I am hooking back up water cooling as I did not like the fancy heatsink and I get everything connected and leak test the system. Press the power button and no post, beeep, beeep, beeep every 5 seconds.
Hmmm, I check all of the connectioms, make sure all of the cards and memory is slotted right, press the power button. Beeep...
Dang, maybe a got some artic silver on the mobo or something? nope.
Well, that leaves the cpu. Pulled everything apart (I love the smell of that anti alge stuff in the water) the cpu seems seated right? Take it out looking at it everything seems normal, WAIT!!! OMG there is a broken pin on the chip!!!
Dont panic I tell myself, than I start to think..Hmmm Summer is close and I really spend to much time behind the computer and heck I have that xp2500 chip that aint that bad.
Or maybe I can fix it?
So I am thinking that since it is an outer pin that it wont be a logic pin and more than likly it is just a ground pin. So I strip some old lan cable and it has what looks to be the right wire, solid piece unwound. So I eyeball it and cut a small piece off and with some tweezers place it in the cpu pin hole on the mobo. I place the cpu back on, lock it and put everything together.
Now, I am thinking again... what if that wire is touching one of the close pins? Should I go get the fire ext? Am I going to do more damage than just the cpu?
Heck, no guts no glory! So I press the power button and than I remember the saying no brain no pain...
So did everything work out or am I on the other computer looking at enjoying lots of fresh air and get caught up on my reading?

Targ
03-09-2006, 04:03 PM
I did last night. FX55 to be exact, so I am hooking back up water cooling as I did not like the fancy heatsink and I get everything connected and leak test the system. Press the power button and no post, beeep, beeep, beeep every 5 seconds.
Hmmm, I check all of the connectioms, make sure all of the cards and memory is slotted right, press the power button. Beeep...
Dang, maybe a got some artic silver on the mobo or something? nope.
Well, that leaves the cpu. Pulled everything apart (I love the smell of that anti alge stuff in the water) the cpu seems seated right? Take it out looking at it everything seems normal, WAIT!!! OMG there is a broken pin on the chip!!!
Dont panic I tell myself, than I start to think..Hmmm Summer is close and I really spend to much time behind the computer and heck I have that xp2500 chip that aint that bad.
Or maybe I can fix it?
So I am thinking that since it is an outer pin that it wont be a logic pin and more than likly it is just a ground pin. So I strip some old lan cable and it has what looks to be the right wire, solid piece unwound. So I eyeball it and cut a small piece off and with some tweezers place it in the cpu pin hole on the mobo. I place the cpu back on, lock it and put everything together.
Now, I am thinking again... what if that wire is touching one of the close pins? Should I go get the fire ext? Am I going to do more damage than just the cpu?
Heck, no guts no glory! So I press the power button and than I remember the saying no brain no pain...
So did everything work out or am I on the other computer looking at enjoying lots of fresh air and get caught up on my reading?

slipBall
03-09-2006, 04:06 PM
I bet it all worked out just fine

reverendkrv1972
03-09-2006, 04:08 PM
I feel the same way as SlipBall http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

the bodge worked....for now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

SnapdLikeAMutha
03-09-2006, 04:10 PM
Methinks if you'd just nerfed a $900 CPU you wouldn't be on here posting about it, so I say the fix worked! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Targ
03-09-2006, 04:15 PM
I just priced them and $811 at newegg and zipzoomfly!
Dang, the price on these has not budged much since I bought it new http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

slipBall
03-09-2006, 04:19 PM
Targ, my brother live's up there in Keni. If you see him, tell him he is a dirt bag for not calling, once in a while

SeaFireLIV
03-09-2006, 04:21 PM
I remember on my early PC (when I first started IL2), I got a bit over-energetic with my graphics card when pulling it from the AGP slot and to my horror i broke a bit off the AGP slot.
Praying the card would still work I re-inserted and the card and whole MB refused to start!

That day, I sat in despair cos I just couldn`t afford a new PC. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Then I decided to try again and piece the broken bit of the AGP port with Blu-Tac! Yes, i was desperate and my PC know-how was NIL!

But it worked! I used the PC like that with a graphics card gingerly balancing in its busted AGP port for 6 months before I could afford to upgrade it! LOL! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Targ
03-09-2006, 04:25 PM
Sadly I avoid the Kenai anymore cept for fall trout fishing as there are way to many tourists anymore.
Shame he does not call though..
PS the fix did work, amazed really, but it had to have been just a ground pin. If it was a logic pin I would have been toast I think. I thought about soldering it but than decided my soldering skills are not leet enough. Heh, boy was I happy when it posted and all was well http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BaldieJr
03-09-2006, 05:27 PM
i'd solder it for you if you weren't a few weeks drive away. take it to a tv repair shop (STATIC BAG!!!!11). I bet they'd do it for a song.

steve_v
03-09-2006, 05:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Targ:

PS the fix did work, amazed really, </div></BLOCKQUOTE>You must be Irish.

http://www.finnmaccools.com.au/images/dancing%20lepp.gif

Targ
03-09-2006, 05:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by steve_v:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Targ:

PS the fix did work, amazed really, </div></BLOCKQUOTE>You must be Irish.

http://www.finnmaccools.com.au/images/dancing%20lepp.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Ha no kidding!
Thanks for the offer Baldie, I am going to leave well enough alone for now as it seems to have fixed it. I did find a place that will and has in the past soldered pins on cpu's for 30 bucks. So if it becomes an issue that is the route I will take.

MLudner
03-09-2006, 06:03 PM
Well, I was going to recommend chewing gum and a magnifying lens...

Targ
03-09-2006, 06:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MLudner:
Well, I was going to recommend chewing gum and a magnifying lens... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Next time be sure http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif

Bearcat99
03-09-2006, 06:06 PM
Ouch....

fordfan25
03-09-2006, 07:30 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by steve_v:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Targ:

PS the fix did work, amazed really, </div></BLOCKQUOTE>You must be Irish.

http://www.finnmaccools.com.au/images/dancing%20lepp.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>dont beleave all the hype im half Irish and youv rearly seen worse luck. im what you call a s*** magnet

repoman11
03-09-2006, 07:38 PM
I've never even held an $800.00 CPU. I just bought a Venice 3200+ for $160.00 (should be here tomorrow, along with an the Epox motherboard, and PCIE 6800GS). That is the most I've ever paid for a CPU.

fordfan25
03-09-2006, 08:01 PM
yea 800 bucks for a CPU....man thats a lot of ******s right there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Stackhouse25th
03-09-2006, 08:02 PM
yeah actually, ive never broken a pin on purpose :-)

CPU's are definitely not bullet proof as a scientific test I did found out.

woofiedog
03-09-2006, 10:55 PM
I'd have to say your Rig is running Fine. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Hopefully!

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Found this little Article...</span>

Ever break a cpu pin off of the cpu?
if so, this may help
I take no responsibility for any damage done to you, your equipment, or your friends who are watching you do this.

Things needed:
ur cpu that will not work due to a broken off pin
the motherboard u want to use that cpu in
an old ethernet cable, or any wire with thin solid (non-twined) wire in it
a good sense of length.
pliers

1) Strip the wire you have

2) cut off a piece approximately the length of a cpu pin.

3) Place that piece of wire sticking up in the hole of the cpu socket that corresponds to the missing pin on the cpu.
(if it doesn't fit, either grind it down(pliers work) or find a smaller wire)

4) place the cpu in the socket

5) have fun with ur pc again

side notes, if more than one pin are broken off in close proximity (next to eachother) make sure that the wires do not touch when the cpu is pressed in, or you may end up with more dead parts than you started out with.

If this helps anyone all credit goes to my friend,
he actually performed this operation during a lan party after he accidentally broke a second pin off of his cpu.

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">And also this story...</span>

Hello All You Caring CO-Members!

Need some compassion.

This morning I received a new Asus A8V Deluxe motherboard, and a new Athlon 64 3800+ Venice Core CPU.

I arranged everything, in order to make the installation of the CPU easy, such as a magnifying glass, decent light, and the glasses I wear for reading.

I opened the boxes carefully, took the MB out, read the advice, took the CPU out of the box, and placed the CPU in the socket. I observed that the CPU was not seated correctly, as the CPU is supposed to more or less "fall" in, when the retention lever is raised to its max position.

I took up the CPU again, looked at the 939 pins, and I saw nothing abnormal. I placed the CPU in the socket again, and this time I pushed it into the socket, and it was seated alright. I got suspicious and lifted the cpu, and looked at the pins. My God! a pin was bended!

I called my wife, and she handed me a thin needle. I carefully lifted the bended pin, and CRACK! THE PIN BROKE!!

Just ordered a new 3800+ Venice core CPU again, I'll get it tomorrow, and that little broken PIN cost me 500$

Why do I write this story here? I do, because this CPU is probably the no. 10 - 15 CPU I have installed, in my "career" and though I like to think of myself as almost perfect, when it comes to mechanic skills, this story just shows that nobody is perfect.

This was a brand new story from the real life, told by a mourning co-member.

Targ
03-10-2006, 12:50 AM
Yes, I found it as well http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
I can vouch it works like a charm
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woofiedog
03-10-2006, 06:06 AM
Phwwweee... I know that they don't give the FX series CPU's away either... I have the FX57 in my Rig.
Bet the Sweat was starting to run on that one.
Good to hear all is Fine though. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-10-2006, 12:24 PM
You must've taken a bullet for the dhali Lama in a past life or something. Had it been me, I wouldn't have just fried everything in the bloody box, but would have likely burned my home to the ground in the process...that is if the gunpowder and glycerine didn't blow it all to bits before.

It's things like this that cause me to believe there's a thin line between nads the size of grapefruit and only half a brain. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif


TB

Grue_
03-10-2006, 05:16 PM
I've never broken a pin, but I managed to trash two motherboards and a XP3200 CPU by plugging in a USB header from a new case without checking the pinouts. It took about 500 worth of bits before I realised what was happening.

And I swore and swore and swore http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

mortoma
03-10-2006, 06:08 PM
I can't imagine how that would happen. Maybe I have just been lucky?

Targ
03-11-2006, 03:30 AM
Not hard at all to bend or break a pin!
More than likely I was sloppy as I have been building and modding my own for the last 8 years and you tend to fly thru stuff at times late at night and tired http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

T_O_A_D
03-11-2006, 06:21 AM
Never broke one, but I have retrieved tossed out ones here at work, due to ITS sloppyness, and straighten pins, with a credit card and popcickle stick.


$800.00 SNAFU and you still came out smelling like a rose.
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