[QUOTE=drmax1111;2173001]yes, the release handle is next to the heat sink area. i released this. i didn’t look closely because i ran out of time this morning, but the 2 latches that capture the mother board may not have released completely. so really, then the fan, heatsink and cpu “should” pop out from socket, correct?[/QUOTE]
Unless you have a very small heat sink I’m not sure how you would have enough room to fully release the CPU locking lever. Are you sure you are not confusing the CPU release lever with the heat sink release mechanism?