Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Remove A Pentium 2

A Pentium 2 processor

The Pentium 2 line of computer processors ceased production in 1999, so if you are still using a Pentium 2 CPU you may want to upgrade it to a new one. The Pentium 2 comes in two different versions that attach to both the "Slot 1" and "Socket MMC-1" motherboard ports, but their removal procedures are still the same regardless of the type of port they use. To reach the Pentium 2 you will need to first open up your computer's case and then remove the components on top of the processor.


1. Shut down your computer's operating system. Unplug the computer's power cable and all of the other cords connected to the back of the case.

2. Set the computer case gently on its side. Remove the two screws on the back edge of the case that secure the access panel.

3. Push down the access panel and slide it off the computer case. Locate the Pentium 2 processor at the middle of the computer's motherboard.

4. Check whether your Pentium 2 processor only has a metal heat sink on top or if it also uses a fan. Disconnect the black and red cable running from the fan to the motherboard port next to the processor.

5. Pull back the plastic clamps holding the fan onto the heat sink. Pull the fan off the heat sink and set it outside the case.

6. Push down the clamps holding the heat sink to the Pentium 2 processor. Grab the edges of the heat sink and lift it straight upwards. Set it aside.

7. Pull up on the metal locking latch to the side of the Pentium 2 processor. Grab both ends of the processor and pull it directly upwards to remove it from the motherboard port.

8. Set the new processor down onto the motherboard port. Push the metal latch back down and then reconnect the heat sink and fan. Place the side panel back onto the case and reattach the screws.

9. Plug the computer's power supply back in. Power on the computer and wait for the operating system to load up to make sure the new processor is working.

Tags: heat sink, Pentium processor, computer case, motherboard port, access panel, clamps holding