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Old 26th September, 2003, 06:21 PM
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the pen..cil is mightier than the... soldering iron

I have an Asus A7V333 motherboard. A while back, while dismantling the watercooling system on its XP1600, I broke a resistor off near the cpu socket. The system still worked without it and I couldn't be arsed to solder it back on anyway

Then I jsut upgraded to a XP1800 rev B. They system was totally unstable - incapable of folding for more than a few minutes or rendering graphics. Swapping parts around it looked as though it was the motherboard. Not wanting to order a new one I made the last ditch effort to draw pencil between the solder points of that old resistor. It worked

System now works perfectly fine. I've done the same for unlocking L1 bridges on the old Thunderbirds but it tends to come off after a while.
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Old 26th September, 2003, 09:11 PM
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If you still have the old resistor why don't you solder it back on? I'd be a little freaked out about frying something using the pencil trick to bypass a resistor
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Old 27th September, 2003, 05:32 PM
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The resistor was about 1mmx2mm in size. My soldering iron is about 7mm round so it wasn't really an option. My soldering skills wouldn't be up to it.

It'd be easier to do a tidy connection with a pencil than with a lump of solder.
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Old 27th September, 2003, 09:04 PM
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I'm honoured. Though I can't see a lot of people needing this - it is a bit cheaper than buying a new motherboard.
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No not many, but when they do...!!!! ":O}
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I had a similar occurance on my 8RDA+ Rev 1.1.
When I took off the stock NB to replace it with a Vantec Iceberq, due to the rotational pressure I caught one of the little SMC capacitors on the opposite side of the NB to the CPU.
My motherboard has been running without it since the summer, and I can only believe I was lucky!
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I broke off a surface mount cap on my parents ASUS P5A when installing a new CPU heatsink. The computer still works perfectly.

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Old 30th September, 2003, 07:29 PM
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We used to draw a pencil line on paper, then measure its resistance with an Ohm meter. The longer the line, the more resistance. I don't have a clue how you'd go about replacing a missing SMC capacitor without a new one and soldering skills to beat the band.
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i wasnt so lucky.... used a screw driver to put heatsink on .... slipped off... hit mobo.... make a very microscopic dent in mobo..... whole thing wouldnt work... lol.... one little dink does ya in but breaking off a whole resistor and your all good.... ill aim higher next time lol

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