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My First Dead Hardware: My Radeon 32mb DDR

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WyrmMaster

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Looks like i killed my radeon. A couple months ago i was working on the heatsink when i nocked one of the little resistors (i think) off that sits between the GPU and the AGP slot. I managed to sodder it back on, but i guess i didnt get it on very well. I had the card out today re-attaching the heatsink with thermal epoxy instead of superglue and radioshack grease, and i guess it just fell off. Put the card back in and get one long beeeep. And of coures the resistor is GONE. I cant quite read the one next to it, but i think it says either 000, or 600 or 006, i really dont know. So, anyone have a dead card around that they can give me a resistor off of?
 
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WyrmMaster

WyrmMaster

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I know i CAN fix it, but im not sure if i WANT to. It would be a good excuse to myself to get a new card. Any sugestions on a new card. Im probably gona get a Radeon 8500, but still kinda looking to hear the arguements on both sides again. Looking to spend about 150 or less.
 

*JEREMY*

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I have a dead 8500 but im not sure if any of the parts would work for you.Let me know.I picked up a 128mb Radeon 8500 this past weekend and im really enjoying it.
 
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WyrmMaster

WyrmMaster

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If you see any resistors in the area between the AGP slot and the GPU then it may be helpful. If you could just take a couple of them off and stick them in a plastic bag in an envelope and send it to me i could give it a try.
 

CSaddict

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I also have a Radeon 8500 128 DDR and its a great card. I got it at CompUSA for $200 cause they screwed up.
 
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WyrmMaster

WyrmMaster

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BACK FROM THE DEAD

I FIXED IT :D :D :cool:

I managed to salvage a replacement resistor from another piece of hardware. The Donor, believe it or not, is a long dead floppy drive with a manufacture date on it of 6-6-91:rolleyes:

I knew i kept that drive for something.:cool:
 

zoopa_man

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Mah hahahaha cool story. I was going to say it's too big to make a key chain out of. I'm glad to see you fixed it. I know the feeling too. I had a Geforce2MX that I broke some leads on..the card could have been replaced by something a lot better...but you don't learn anything that way. It's more fun to try fixing it. the Geforce I fixed lasted about 6 months and then FIZzz was done. lol Hardware is funny some times. Good story though...that card has seen some battles. hehe congrats
 

The Overclocker

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nice job - you are very lucky for the card to be still working, surface mount resistors are all the same and are 'cut' to the right resistance by a high power laser, you must have picked a once close to the origional value.

i wish my dead hardware could be fixed that easily. so far i have:

5 dead CPUS,
2 dead sticks of ram,
1 dead hard disk,
2 dead motherboards,
3 dead CD drives,
1 dead floppy drive,
1 dead monitor,
3 dead powersupplies,
4 dead network cards,
3 dead graphics cards,
2 dead mice ,
1 dead keyboard
and two dead cases (too many mods)
 

Tracert

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Southbridge, MA.
the overclocker said:
nice job - you are very lucky for the card to be still working, surface mount resistors are all the same and are 'cut' to the right resistance by a high power laser, you must have picked a once close to the origional value.

i wish my dead hardware could be fixed that easily. so far i have:

5 dead CPUS,
2 dead sticks of ram,
1 dead hard disk,
2 dead motherboards,
3 dead CD drives,
1 dead floppy drive,
1 dead monitor,
3 dead powersupplies,
4 dead network cards,
3 dead graphics cards,
2 dead mice ,
1 dead keyboard
and two dead cases (too many mods)

With all that borken junk around... its a wonder you have a place to sleep. I would find a remote dumpster and do some house cleaning!

;)
 
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WyrmMaster

WyrmMaster

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the overclocker said:
nice job - you are very lucky for the card to be still working, surface mount resistors are all the same and are 'cut' to the right resistance by a high power laser, you must have picked a once close to the origional value.


Yah, the one i put on has the same number as the others in the area, its alot bigger though, probably because its so old. Seems to work just fine though.
 
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WyrmMaster

WyrmMaster

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It seems that i may have lost some overclockability with the new resistor, although i may not have gotten enough arctic alumin epoxy on when i reapplied the heatsinks. Seems to be pretty well squeezed out around the edes though.
 

Tracert

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You should change the name of this thread to:

"What could have been my First Dead Hardware..."

Next time I have a physical problem with a video card, I am comming and getting you ;)