I picked apart an old laptop with an Athlon processor. The processor was quite hard to get out of the socket, and unfortunately even harder to get back in place.
That is: I can slip it very easily INTO the socket, but there seem to be no locker mechanism to keep it in place. In the holes of the socket, there are very small gold cylinders which the processor pins probably went into in the first place - but these are so small it seems impossible to get the pins into them without using enormous amount of force, and I'm afraid to break something.
There should be a lever on the side of the Ziff socket that needs lifting up to free the pins.Your cpu should just fall out/in without any force then.Just make sure it's in the correct orientation to the socket by lining up the small triangle on the corner. There should be a video at the main AMD site.Just click on the AMD logo at the top of this page and navigate to find it.
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Thanks for your reply. The problem is that there is no lever on the socket, actually there are no moving parts on the socket whatsoever. There is no mechanism to keep the processor in place (aside from a tiny piece of plastic that could have been put between the processor board and the rim of the socket if it was a slight bit tinier).
However, when I pulled out the processor, it WAS very much locked in place. How is a mystery to me.
There are rectangular holes in the socket. There are pieces of golden metal on one side of each rectangular hole. The pins on the processor touch the metal when inserted into the holes. However, there is no mechanism to push the processor pins firmly towards the metal, which I suppose the lever, if there was one, would have done.
But there is not even a trace of one. Strange.
Btw, this is a Packard-Bell laptop, some years old.