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Is it possible to unsolder a processor from a motherboard without sacraficing it?

I took apart my laptop only to find that the processor was soldered to the mainboard. I want to change out the processor because it burned up. I don't care if I ruin the processor, I only care about the motherboard. So, is it possible to replace it with another one of the same type? I have a camera, a desoldering pump, solder, and a soldering iron.

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Next, whip out that Torx T5 and remove the screws holding the phone together. On this one, there were only four to remove.
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