I bought a parts computer for $15 that still had the DVD drives, media reader, psu, mobo and cpu in it (HP/OEM ASUS PTGD-LA w/ P4 630 cpu) but when I examined the mobo more closely something was shining funny on the socket. Being an AMD fan, this is the first time I had seen an LGA775 socket up close. Being too small to tell with my naked eye, I pulled out my trusty Canon SD1100IS on macro mode and was able to capture this image which shows a bent pin.
I can't understand how just that one pin was bent back upon itself but none of the others are, lol. Is this something that HP would have done to limit some feature that the mobo should normally be able to do, or is just a weird coincidence? And if it was random damage would it be something that would have ruined the mobo, or would I be able to fix if I somehow were able to use a sewing needle and a magnifying glass to bend it back in conformity with its brethren? Or should I just trash the mobo and put another in its place? Thanks for any insights you can give!