I just got a very nice computer from a friend that was basically throwing it away. Being the nerd that I am, I thought I would be able to repair it and use it. Unfortunatly about 10-20 pins on the processor are bent. Is it possible to straighten the pins on a Pentium 4 processor? How does one go about it and how difficult is it?
IF (and that's a big IF) you can get Bug's tip to work, I would start saving up for a new processor ASAP. I would not count on a processor once the pins have been bent. Especially with the number of pins you are saying.
Personally I would just buy a new one. You can find P4s on ebay for good prices. I got mine with the original heatsink, brand new for about $160 (US)
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As the saying goes... Q: How do you straighten pins on a processor? A: Very carefully
The couple of time's I'd had to do it, I used a pair of tweezers. But that was before processors had 2^666 pins on them, and you could still get tweezers in there. If they're bent flat, they'll probably break off. If they're just bent a little, you can do it, just try not to stress the bent area too much. A pair of jeweler's pliers might do the trick.
Nothing to lose by trying, tho.
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I would still try it, but expect it not to work. A lot of processors have some redundant pins. Some of the voltage or ground connectors do not necessarily have to be connected, as they are also connected together internally (but not always). Some pins even have no internal connection at all. I don't have the knowledge to specifically say which (if any) pins on the pentium 4 you could do without. You may be lucky though. Try it, you have nothing to lose.
Meh, I've already scavanged enough parts off of it to make it worth the trip to get it and I don't really have time to spend two hours on something that probably won't work. I'm already saving up for a new computer and my current box (1 Ghz) will do fine for now.