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Installing an AMD Athlon64 Processor
Author: Dennis Garcia
The purpose of this article is to illustrate the proper way to install a processor using the Athlon64 processor package, although this guide will apply to most ZIF socket systems.
The installation process is not that difficult and once you understand the mechanics you’ll be a pro in no time. Let’s start with the parts.
Note: if any of the pins do become bent you can carefully bend them back using a straight pin and credit card. Basically use the straight pin to create a gap between the bent pin and the one near by. Then use the credit card to finish the bend. Once you get the pin near straight wiggle it into the ZIF socket and lock it in place. The socket will complete the process. Take care not to make a habit of this as with any metal it will fatigue and break.
The first step would be to open the ZIF socket by moving the lever into the open position.