Bent motherboard pins, fixed but now will not boot

By hellokitty[hk] ยท 10 replies
Jan 1, 2014
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  1. Hi everyone, I have a problem.

    I pinmodded an LGA771 Xeon to work with my LGA775 motherboard. I decided to do it the hard way and use aluminum foil and tape to pin mod it. I think it worked out fine but anyway, on to the problem.

    When I cut off the LGA775 alignment pieces, I accidentally bent 2 pins out of shape a little. Initially, I didn't notice, so I put in the Xeon to try it out, didn't work.
    Then I tried my old processor, also didn't work (worked fine previously).

    So then I noticed the pins and bent them back into shape, AFAIK it is perfect and you can't even tell that anything happened.
    Tried both CPUs, nothing, no beeps, no signal to the monitor.

    Is it possible to damage my motherboard if I didn't do the pinmod correctly?
    Is it possible that I damaged my processor or motherboard by trying to run it with those 2 pins out of place?

    Help please [​IMG]
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,480   +973

    I am not really sure, but my guess is you did not do the pinmod correctly since both CPUs do not work. I hope someone else can provide some insight on this issue. Good luck!
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,415   +145

    Hmmmm, well the thing is that now ebb my original working CPU will not boot anymore, which AFAIK shouldn't be the case even if I messed up the pin mod :(

    Thanks for the reply anyway, I have this feeling that techspot doesn't have the right userbase to help a whole lot.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,232   +4,157

    Try clearing the BIOS. It may or may not help.

    I recently purchased bad memory modules. When trying them, the system locked up and wouldn't boot even with the original modules. The only way I could get the system back up, was to pull the battery. I'm not sure what happened but the system needed a complete reset.

    I was once told by a self-proclaimed ex-Intel employee, the quickest way to clear the motherboard of all stored voltage is to flip the coin battery. This drains any and all power and will clear the BIOS instantly. Just remember not to leave the battery upside down.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,415   +145

    Oh I forgot to mention that I've cleared it multiple times.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,232   +4,157

    Thats a bummer. :(
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,659   +3,116

    I have this feeling that the user base here at Techspot shouldn't be screwing around with pin mods either. What do you think?
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,415   +145

    Basically the same statement; I'm implying that I don't think a lot of techspot users are familiar with this sort of thing and you are saying that I'm an ***** that doesn't know what I am doing either.
    I did know the risks though!
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,659   +3,116

    It does sound like a do or die type of "undertaking"(*), that there's no way to practice for in advance....:oops:

    (*) "undertaking", do you see what I did there....?:D

    Transistor junctions, particularly those which are normally operating at very low voltage & current, are extremely intolerant of short circuits. It's why there are speaker protection relays in A/V receivers. Sometimes even those aren't fast enough to save the output transistors in the advent of a short, or even too low speaker impedance. (Output transistors which BTW, can carry a pant load of current).

    So, don't shoot the messenger but (IMHEG), you most likely cooked some of the internal workins'.

    (In My Humble Educated Guess)
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2014
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    I'd say you cooked the CPU's too. But alas this is a wild guess. :p

    And you're right, TS isn't the right audience for this.
  11. alio matt

    alio matt TS Rookie

    Just get a new mobo and cpu that have the same socket:)(y):D:p;):cool:

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