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Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion Yesterday, 11:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 118
Posted By momaka
Re: Behavior of Faulty IC's

I've seen it happen plenty of times. But a lot depends on if the fault was external or not. For example, on PC motherboards damaged by lightning strike, I've seen chips that are either intermittent...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion Yesterday, 11:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By momaka
Re: Topcat's 3DFX Voodoo 3500 Revival

I love it!!! Great repair!

And this thread is a good example of why I always keep spare junk PCBs around.


Yup, I can't tell you how many video cards I've received with missing parts - even...
Forum: Other Devices with Bad Capacitors 02-18-2020, 01:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 913
Posted By momaka
Re: my trannie sister is smoking hot again: gf4 ti card smoked during use due to bad

Unlikely.
Even if the caps have no vents or the vents don't function, the worst that can happen is the cap "can" body will "launch" itself. But even that is rare. Most of the time for a cap that...
Forum: Other Devices with Bad Capacitors 02-14-2020, 11:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 913
Posted By momaka
Re: my trannie sister is smoking hot again: gf4 ti card smoked during use due to bad

Nice video card there!

Just a shame that it uses garbage caps. But a lot of old hardware does, unfortunately. Still, it might not be dead yet.


The smoke could have come from the caps. They...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-14-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4,253
Views: 660,522
Posted By momaka
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Hmmm... this one is from a few weeks back, but I completely forgot about it: NZXT 210 computer case, NIB but opened. It's a $35-ish case (IIRC). Got it for $10. Kind of a cheapo case (in terms of...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 02-11-2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 309
Posted By momaka
Re: DC Power Supply QW-MS605D

Good electrolytic brands? That would be only the following Japanese brands:
- Rubycon
- Nichicon
- Panasonic
- United Chemicon
- Sanyo / Suncon
- Hitachi

Just about everything else is many...
Forum: Abit - Asus - Aopen 02-11-2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 634
Posted By momaka
Re: Asus P5S800-VM no POST

I also suggest taking off the stock Intel pushpin heatsink and testing with the heatsink just resting on the CPU. These stock Intel pushpin heatsinks are known to warp boards badly and can sometimes...
Forum: Troubleshooting Power Supplies and Power Supply Design 02-11-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 215
Posted By momaka
Re: XFX 850w blown bridge rectifier.

+100 ^ This!

If you have a blown bridge rectifier, chances are there is something else wrong with the PSU. It could be something as simple as blown MOVS (due to repeated power surges) or because...
Forum: Troubleshooting Power Supplies and Power Supply Design 02-11-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 105
Posted By momaka
Re: Older Macintosh Magnetek power supply ressurection

That's not quite true.
It really depends on the power supply.

Generally, yes, only one optocoupler is needed with UC384x ICs to keep regulation. But if the PSU has "soft off" / standby power...
Forum: General Capacitor Questions & Issues 02-11-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 255
Posted By momaka
Re: Identifying reason for board's similar caps, but different physical sizes

That PSU converter board appears to use buck VRM circuits, so I suggest going with low ESR caps.

Thus, I suggest to use the Nichicon HN 16V 1500 uF caps, provided they weren't manufactured between...
Forum: General Capacitor Questions & Issues 02-11-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,148
Posted By momaka
Re: Panasonic FC series - leaking? quality gone?

87000 hours is pretty good.
But the leaking from the bottom part is what worries me a bit, as electrolyte can be corrosive and eat away traces. I'd much rather have a cap bulge and stop working that...
Forum: Troubleshooting Computer Displays 02-11-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,235
Posted By momaka
Re: Viewsonic vx2252mh

Sounds good. Hope you feel better soon, too. :smile:
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-10-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 4,253
Views: 660,522
Posted By momaka
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Absolutely!

If I can't fix it, I will make sure it finds its way to someone that can.

Hopefully it's just the RAM chip and not ripped pads under the BGA chip. Given the PCB flex it received,...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-10-2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4,253
Views: 660,522
Posted By momaka
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

^ Not yet.

Haven't found the time to remove the chip (or rather, the good weather, as I use the kitchen stove as my bottom heater, and that tends to stink up the house with "PCB smells", so I only...
Forum: Troubleshooting Computer Displays 02-10-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,235
Posted By momaka
Re: Viewsonic vx2252mh

Thank you! That actually helped quite a bit. :smile:


Yup, I see it too. Can't tell if it's just a spec of dirt/dust or a chipped off piece... or is it a bubble? If the latter, that ceramic cap...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-10-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4,253
Views: 660,522
Posted By momaka
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Not exactly cheap... but one of my latest fairly decent scores is a XFX GeForce 6800 XTreme (XT) 256 MB AGP DDR3. For those of you that know this card or XFX from that era, you know what it comes...
Forum: Troubleshooting Computer Displays 02-09-2020, 10:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,235
Posted By momaka
Re: Viewsonic vx2252mh

Hi SolomonMan,

White screen issue typically means either LVDS connection problem or T-con board power supply problem. Since you already more or less eliminated the LVDS connector as the problem,...
Forum: Troubleshooting Audio Equipment 02-05-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 870
Posted By momaka
Re: Polk Audio PSW350 No Balls

Not sure, as I haven't tried tracing the circuit myself. But I'd trust Budm on that one, so maybe do give it a try. And just to be safe, put a capacitor in series between the sub RCA connector and...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-04-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,570
Posted By momaka
Re: Not Even BCN's Russia Connections Can Top This One - Supermicro S2DGU Build

Not only that, but it also prevents the mouse from scratching/wearing down whatever surface it is rolling on. I've seen desk tops where a mouse was heavily used with no mouse pad, and the finish...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-04-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,570
Posted By momaka
Re: Not Even BCN's Russia Connections Can Top This One - Supermicro S2DGU Build

:lol:
Well, it all depends on what you are used to, I suppose.
Ball mice - at least good ones - will stop tracking when lifted off a mouse pad (or whatever surface you are rolling them on, but I...
Forum: Troubleshooting Laptops, Portable, and Mobile Devices 02-04-2020, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By momaka
Re: Quadro K2100m smd caps

Nice!
Glad to hear it's working again! :)
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-04-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,282
Posted By momaka
Re: A Colossal HDD Failure

Oh I bet!
At 15k RPM, those platters have a lot of momentum. Ain't no head going to stop them just like that. I imagine it looked similar to the one above, if not worse.


Nice!
Your low level...
Forum: Troubleshooting Power Supplies and Power Supply Design 02-01-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 3,067
Views: 790,500
Posted By momaka
HiPro Chicony D350R003L - 350 Watt ATX PSU

Another HiPro / Chicony PSU. This time itís a D350R003L (M/N: CPB09-001b and Dell P/N: K159T). This is a 350 Watt power supply, or essentially bigger brother of the 305 Watt HP-P3017F3 posted...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-01-2020, 08:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 287
Posted By momaka
Re: Win XP Pro

+1
That's how I would suggest to proceed as well.

Then, on the cloned drive, diddle around and see if you can run a System Restore - preferably one that was fairly recent. If that doesn't work,...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-01-2020, 08:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By momaka
Re: Does anyone know where I can find Windows XP update from

If you have an original install XP CD (that is, no service packs integrated), or just one with SP1 or SP2 only - do NOT connect the PC to the Internet! -Not even for updates!

SP2 and older...
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