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Voodoo 5500 microsurgery?

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Godfodda

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I killed my Voodoo 5500 some time ago by cracking one of the GPUs while replacing the HSFs. Later when removing those (COrbs) I completely destroyed both GPUs. I have another card that has some kind of problem (don't remember exactly; I bought it like that) but the GPUs are okay.

I'm thinking of performing a bit of microsurgery. I'd like to replace the bad GPUs on the good board with the good GPUs off the bad board. Anyone done anything like this? Any tips that might help me? There are unfortunately no pins sticking through the board, so I'm thinking this is going to be a wee bit difficult. :)
 

GravY

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I hope your talking another V5.. otherwise forget even thinking about it cause its not going to work..
 

RainMaQer

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I don't think it CAN'T be done... but I do think it will be VERY HARD to do. Since there isn't anything on the back for the pins of the GPU... you would have to connect them UNDER the GPU... good luck figuring that out ;) Also, you might have to make them near perfect connections... these are pathways for the gpu and are done by machines to near exact specifications... Have you tried taking of one of the GPUs and looked at how it connects?
 

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Sounds like a mighty mighty tuff task ahead of you. You will probably be bald by the time you are done from pulling all your hair out. I hope that you do suceed in transferring the chips. Would be cool to see a Voodoo 5/GeForce card actually work. Long live the Voodoo!!! :cool:
 

RainMaQer

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TUK101 said:
Sounds like a mighty mighty tuff task ahead of you. You will probably be bald by the time you are done from pulling all your hair out. I hope that you do suceed in transferring the chips. Would be cool to see a Voodoo 5/GeForce card actually work. Long live the Voodoo!!! :cool:

I don't think he's serious about using Geforce chips... he has 2 Voodoo 5's and one has bad GPU's while the other one has something else wrong but the GPU's are still good. Just swapping the VSA-100 chips from one V5 to the other other. Making one good card out of the two problematic ones ;)
 

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I have an idea for getting the GPUs on. Take a small torch or some kind of hot plate and put it on the back of the new GPUs and let the solder liquify, then (be very quick about it), stick them to where the old GPUs were. It sounds like it might work, but the solder might smear and possibly short out the card. Then you'll have two dead Voodoos.
 
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Godfodda

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Thanks for all the replies.

RainMaQer: I did start to rip off one of the bad GPUs last night. Strang bit of attachement work it seems. Looks like instead of pins, there are solder "risers" that it sits on. I didn't spend much time on it or rip much off, but it looked interesting (and difficult).

TUK: I was, indeed, kidding about the GF GPUs. They are 2 somewhat dead Voodoo cards.

KLowD: That's an interesting idea. Sounds as good as anything I've come up with. :) Two dead Voodoos is no big deal since they're both unworkable now. I'm just looking for a project that I can screw up. :D
 

eobard

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Maybe you could fix whatever is wrong on the other card by swapping good parts to that one from the one with the dead gpu.
 

ThePunkGeek

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if both cards don't work i would say go for it!
and post pics when it works :)
you might wanna try it in an old system i dunno if it could damnage anything :beer:
 
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Godfodda

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eobard said:
Maybe you could fix whatever is wrong on the other card by swapping good parts to that one from the one with the dead gpu.

That would probably be better, but I don't know what is broken on the other one. It would be nice if I could just swap out a little resistor or something like that.
 

eobard

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Is the gpu like a cpu, with rows of pins on the bottom, or is it one of those chips with only one row of pins along the outer edge of the chip?
 

RainMaQer

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Is one of these cards the one I sent you? The one I sent you is missing little capacitors... the things that people were removing from geforces to improve visual quality... one is on the backside of the secondary GPU and the other is closer to the agp slot pins on the same side by the same GPU.
 

TUK101

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LOL, I thought that it sounded like a stretch to put Nvidia chips on a Voodoo card. But that would be pretty awesome if somebody could make that work. Hopefully you can get one of them to work.
 
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Godfodda

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eobard: It doesn't have pins on the outer edge. But the "pins" underneath don't really look like pins either. And they don't stick through the board. (I really need to pull out my camera.)

RainMaQer: w00t! I see 'em now! I knew I got it from someone here, but forgot who and have long since deleted the PMs. Many thanks! I may try just swapping those. That would be much easier. C517 and C527 are how they're marked. That was the only problem with it, right?

TUK: Thanks. It would be cool to build a hybrid Voodoo/GF, wouldn't it? :)