I agree, not worth the labour value in replacing the chip anyway. If you've established that it can't be reformatted best to tear it down. Pity you're in the States and not Oz. I could send you some work.
PS: I shouldn't use slang terms on an international forum, but for explanation to others, [not Redrock3 who would know], regarding my previous post: 'Yours truly' is American, British, Australian etc idiom for 'me' or 'myself'.