How to remove IC chips

Written by andrew mayfair
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IC chips, or integrated circuit chips, are rectangular, complex computer chips that have been created on a conducting material. The conducting material, or semiconductor, is usually silicon. IC chips have pins spaced at 0.1 inches for insertion into a computer board. IC chips come in both 8-pin and 14-pin varieties. Due to the unprotected pins, IC chips are often placed in plastic holders to protect them from damage. Nevertheless, IC chips can incur heat damage and will need to be removed and replaced occasionally.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flat blade screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Touch a metal object such as the computer case to discharge any static electricity. Static electricity can damage IC chips.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the flat blade screwdriver between the chip and the plastic holder on one end. Turn the screwdriver to loosen one end of the plastic holder.

  3. 3

    Push the flat blade screwdriver between the plastic holder and chip on the other end of the IC chip. Turn the screwdriver to loosen the other end of the plastic holder from the IC chip.

  4. 4

    Lift at both ends simultaneously with your fingers and the aid of the flat blade screwdriver to remove the IC chip.

Tips and warnings

  • If the IC chip is soldered onto the board, do not attempt to remove it, as you will damage the board.

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