Processor comes up with the heatsink, possible damage?

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D. Shadow

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is there any possible damage to either the CPU or the ZIF socket if you remove a heatsink and the CPU comes up with heatsink while the lock arm is still in its lock position?

reason for asking, this happened to me just 2 days ago while i was changing my CPU from a Athlon 64 3500+ to a 4000+
although today my PC is up and running fine (at least i hope i've done no type of damage to it) with the new CPU installed.

by the way, i've thoroughly looked at the 3500+ and all of its pins are intact and no physical damage can be seen so hopefully its still good to use again.
 
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This happens all the time with Socket478, Socket754, Socket939/940 CPUs; it seems that the socket doesn't grip the pins tightly enough. I doubt the socket has been damaged, if you do see a bent pin, you can straighten it with the blade of a box cutter, just gently nudge it until it lines up with the other pins.
 
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it sounds like you got lucky, although from now on if you change out any cpuz it is advisable to remove the heat sink and unlock them first before removing
 

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so i take it no kind of damage has occurred since it POST's and boots windows eh'??
 
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