First post, by MatthewBrian
A few days ago I've just received an AT computer with Socket 7 (or socket 5?) AT board. The PC was in very bad conditions - since it is retired at 2001 it is placed on an open air behind my friend's house. It is under the roof actually, but sometimes the rain would 'hit' the PC.
It has Intel Pentium 166 on the slot. The computer was really bare minimum - just case, AT motherboard, and processor. There is a harddrive (HDD sticker was removed and only has 500MB written with sharpie), but its PCB is splitted into two 🙁 Since it has no PSU and nothing else except a keyboard port, I decided to gut the contents 😀 The case itself is corroded.
I took the SDRAM (shocked that AT class PC had SDRAMs) and when I was about to remove the processor, it seems that the (metal) processor lever is somehow corroded (or stuck?) so it could not be lifted. (I know Socket 5/7 ZIF levers had to be moved a little to the right to lift it, but it could not be lifted upwards since it is very hard).
Is there any tricks to salvage the processor inside this creepy motherboard?