CPU is glued to heat sink, since thi sleaves no room for the lever on the ZIF socket to be lifted, will the CPU go in without potentially bending pins? I don’t know what it looks like inside that socket to make a good guess on my own. I like to think it wont and a closed ZIF socket just makes for a little more snug fit.
Any wisdom the teeming millions can share on mounting a CPU with the ZIF socket arm down
Well I mainly do onsite work so I don’t keep mobos and CPU’s laying around. Since the CPU in question may be bad anyway (machine will not even POST) I decided to carfully line it up and try to drop it in, a little shove with gentle fingertip pressure yeilded a little pop noise as the CPU seated. I pulled it out again and no bent pins so looks like it can be done with ZIF socket closed.
As far as cutting away HS I would have to chop out about 1/3 of the HS to get to where the ZIF socket arm is. Not worth the hassle especially since I am replacing the chip anyway.