If your laptop has dead RAM slots, refuses to boot, or has connectivity issues, it might indicate bent or broken motherboard pins. Sometimes, motherboards are shipped from the manufacturer with bent CPU pins. If you inserted a CPU on top of already bent pins, the pins may bend further or break. Depending on the pin density, the pins may be able to be bent back into position. However, keep in mind that bending a pin can cause it to break.
Checking For Bent or Broken Pins
To check for bent or broken motherboard pins, use the following instructions.
- Turn off your computer and remove the power cord from the power supply. Additionally, disconnect all other cables like USB cords.
- Open your laptop’s case using your specific laptop’s motherboard replacement guide, which can be found on your specific laptop’s device page.
- Using a flashlight, visually inspect the pins on the motherboard for any bent or broken ones.
What To Do If You Find A Bent Or Broken Pin
If the pin is just slightly bent, it may not be necessary to straighten the pin, if a connection can still be completed. Sometimes, attempting to bend a pin back into place can result in further damage.
If a pin is broken, check a diagram of your exact motherboard to figure out whether or not the pin is essential. Motherboards include lots of pins, and there is a chance that your computer will function normally with just a couple of broken pins.
In general, broken pins are nearly impossible to replace. If the broken pin is essential to the normal functioning of your computer, you may need to replace the computer’s motherboard. To replace your laptop’s motherboard, see the Computer Motherboard Replacement page.
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