Badcaps.net Forum
Go Back   Badcaps Forums > General Topics > General Computer Discussion
Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

 
Thread Tools
Old 02-11-2019, 06:05 AM   #3481
Dan81
SNES-powered
 
Dan81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
City & State: Romania
My Country: Bacau
Line Voltage: 230VAC 50Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 908
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by momaka View Post
Last but not least... the HD5770 with bad MOSFETs. Hate to say it, but it's probably the GPU that has gone bad (shorted) and killed the FETs. If I have to guess, it's the RAM buck regulator. I have an HD3870 and HD7850 here like that. On Radeon HD series cards, the memory I/O part of the GPU core seems to run about 5-10C hotter than all other areas of the GPU. So I suspect that's what kills most of these cards and also why I've seen so many Radeon HD cards with blown FETs - especially on the RAM. In any case, check the resistance of the GPU core and memory buck regulators. If the memory reads less than 2-3 Ohms, I'd suspect bad/shorted GPU. Meanwhile, it's OK for the GPU V_core buck regulator to read about 1-2 Ohms to ground, so don't mind that one.
Actually, there's flux on the board so somebody tried to fix it but failed.

Scored today a Raidmax RX-500XT so I can test the GTX660 Ti I have. Hope it can power it up at least.

EDIT: Seems like the GTX660 Ti is dead as well I get the 1 long 2 short beep on startup on my DFI)

Also opened up the Raidmax. Figured out the OEM being Guangzhou Sanyang (Pangu Power) and looks like a pretty good PSU.

The only cut corners I can see are the obvious cap choices (ChengX 820uF 200v primaries and the rest is AsiaX) and the AC receptacle doesn't have any additional filtering.

Otherwise, a few good points I have seen in it:
-fairly thick heatsinks (not Hipro grade thick, but good enough to not be a gutless wonder)
-VIPER22A chip for 5vsb
-UC3845B chip PWM controller
-8A fuse
-Weltrend WT7502V PWM
-cool grille for the fan (12cm)
-probably the BIGGEST output torroid I've seen in a PSU that is NOT FSP/Delta/AcBel/Hipro
-2x20A rectifiers for 12V in parallel
-2TF topology if I'm not mistaken

Guess it's a good PSU overall. The only things to do to it is add some line filtering (they put the silkscreens quite weird tho) and recap the PSU (I have a whole PS3 PSU from a dead CECHH04 to gut so that covers me good in the cap section, it's full of Nichicon and Chemicon caps)
__________________
Main rig:
ASUS H61M-A
Core i3-3220 3.30GHz
MSI Twinfrozr GTX 750Ti 2GB GDDR5
6GB DDR3-1066
Samsung SH-224AB DVD-RW
Raidmax RX-500XT (recapped)
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB
JNC RJA-52 case

Last edited by Dan81; 02-11-2019 at 06:36 AM..
Dan81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 06:39 AM   #3482
ratdude747
Black Sheep
 
ratdude747's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
City & State: Madison, IN
My Country: USA
Line Voltage: 120VAC 60Hz
I'm a: Professional Tech
Posts: 15,920
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I've had 820uf KZG's fail in storage... was on a pair of Tyan Thunder K8W 2885's from around 2003-2004 or so.
__________________


(Insert witty quote here)
ratdude747 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 06:53 AM   #3483
Dan81
SNES-powered
 
Dan81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
City & State: Romania
My Country: Bacau
Line Voltage: 230VAC 50Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 908
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by ratdude747 View Post
I've had 820uf KZG's fail in storage... was on a pair of Tyan Thunder K8W 2885's from around 2003-2004 or so.
I did have one case of bulging KZGs in storage, but none after that. Mine happened on a MSI P965 Platinum. I recapped that thing with yellow Fujitsu polymers and things are great since then.
Dan81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 08:26 AM   #3484
RJARRRPCGP
Badcaps Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
City & State: North Springfield, Vermont
My Country: USA
Line Voltage: 123-127V 61.5-63.5 Hz
I'm a: Knowledge Seeker
Posts: 4,707
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post

EDIT: Seems like the GTX660 Ti is dead as well I get the 1 long 2 short beep on startup on my DFI)
That's interesting, because for me, 2-short means I need to reseat my RAM (socket 775, Asus Maximus II Gene)

But, I got reports from folks here of 2-short for video, IIRC, despite the documentation I remember seeing, indicating that 2-short means RAM issue.

Now, why would Supermicro and DFI mod the BIOS to swap the bleep codes around?!
__________________
Asus P6T6 WS Revolution

Core i7 Extreme "Bloomfield" 965

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 970

Windows 7 SP1

SoundBlaster ZXR

Corsair TX850M PSU


"There's nothing more unattractive than a chick smoking a cigarette" -Topcat

"Don't eat yellow snow!" -Salem

"did I see a chair fly? I think I did! Time for popcorn!" -ratdude747

Last edited by RJARRRPCGP; 02-11-2019 at 08:28 AM..
RJARRRPCGP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 10:13 AM   #3485
stj
Great Sage 齊天大聖
 
stj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
City & State: Europe
My Country: some shithole run by Israeli agents
I'm a: Professional Tech
Posts: 20,876
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

award ami and phoenix all use different beep codes - i used to have some lists/tables
stj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 12:17 PM   #3486
Dan81
SNES-powered
 
Dan81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
City & State: Romania
My Country: Bacau
Line Voltage: 230VAC 50Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 908
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by RJARRRPCGP View Post
That's interesting, because for me, 2-short means I need to reseat my RAM (socket 775, Asus Maximus II Gene)

But, I got reports from folks here of 2-short for video, IIRC, despite the documentation I remember seeing, indicating that 2-short means RAM issue.

Now, why would Supermicro and DFI mod the BIOS to swap the bleep codes around?!
The one DFI I have in use uses the same sound sequence as Gigabyte boards (which will do rapid short beeps if there is no RAM) and an ABIT IP35-Pro board i have also uses 1long 2 short for missing video.

On the other hand, managed to revive a Geforce 7600GS 256MB from ASUS that was artefacting, and an 8500GT from Gigabyte is up next. Before this I also revived an launch model PS3, a CECHC03. (the one with the SD/MS Pro Duo readers)
Dan81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 02:09 PM   #3487
RJARRRPCGP
Badcaps Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
City & State: North Springfield, Vermont
My Country: USA
Line Voltage: 123-127V 61.5-63.5 Hz
I'm a: Knowledge Seeker
Posts: 4,707
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
The one DFI I have in use uses the same sound sequence as Gigabyte boards (which will do rapid short beeps if there is no RAM) and an ABIT IP35-Pro board i have also uses 1long 2 short for missing video.
Oh OK, I had that feeling that the motherboard maker changed the bleep codes. But I only noticed that for OEM systems. I also saw documentation report repeated rapid short bleeps for a power error, IIRC, which I don't know exactly what that means. (insufficient volts?) But in my experience, rapid short bleeping can also be an overheat warning.

If 2008 and 2009 AMI BIOS revisions were changed, then maybe the video error sounds just like Award (1 long and 3 short bleeps)

I think for a RAM issue before, I heard an Acer Aspire M5630, which I think is an ECS motherboard, bleep six times or a similar number of bleeps. (Much like CPU fan error on Asus P5Q and ROG)

Last edited by RJARRRPCGP; 02-11-2019 at 02:15 PM..
RJARRRPCGP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 02:21 PM   #3488
RJARRRPCGP
Badcaps Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
City & State: North Springfield, Vermont
My Country: USA
Line Voltage: 123-127V 61.5-63.5 Hz
I'm a: Knowledge Seeker
Posts: 4,707
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by stj View Post
award ami and phoenix all use different beep codes - i used to have some lists/tables
I know that well, but what makes me ponder, is I suspect some BIOSes giving a different bleep code for the same thing, even with the same BIOS make and just a different board make or model, even when not custom-made for big OEMs, like HP and Acer.

OTOH, for laptops, I would be a lot less surprised!

Last edited by RJARRRPCGP; 02-11-2019 at 02:22 PM..
RJARRRPCGP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2019, 07:24 PM   #3489
ratdude747
Black Sheep
 
ratdude747's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
City & State: Madison, IN
My Country: USA
Line Voltage: 120VAC 60Hz
I'm a: Professional Tech
Posts: 15,920
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by ratdude747 View Post
Made some thrift store scores today (Goodwill half-off everything day, which helped):

Salvation Army:

-Olympus SZ-14 with no battery or charger- $2.50. Normally I don't do these but it was too nice of a camera for too cheap to skip. Already ordered batteries and charger (I'm a gambling man on these things )
Batteries and charger came in... and:



Dixie the cat might not be happy, but the camera sure is. Works beautifully... Nicest camera I own. It's no DSLR, but the closest I have and will have any time soon.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P2110003.JPG (429.5 KB, 140 views)

Last edited by ratdude747; 02-11-2019 at 07:25 PM.. Reason: Wrong cat. Dammit RD... *kick*
ratdude747 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2019, 06:22 PM   #3490
momaka
Badcaps Veteran
 
momaka's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
City & State: VA (NoVA)
My Country: U.S.A.
Line Voltage: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 8,952
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
Actually, there's flux on the board so somebody tried to fix it but failed.
Even before that, it is still very likely the memory controller area in the GPU core failed shorted and killed the FETs. That's just how some Radeon cards go. Seen it on the Xbox 360 GPUs as well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
EDIT: Seems like the GTX660 Ti is dead as well I get the 1 long 2 short beep on startup on my DFI)
Yeah, I didn't want to jinx it... but whenever I see a mid or high-end GTX card for cheap/free, I always imagine it's because it is dead. I haven't even had a chance to test my GTX 560 yet, but the guy that sold it to me seemed pretty honest - was just some college student who said he just upgraded to a better GPU. He said it worked fine a year ago before he upgraded. Let's hope it still does. It is, after all, a 150W TDP card with a single 80 mm fan, so there's always a chance it ran very hot under load.

Anyways, try that GTX 660 on another board and also try cleaning the PCI-E contacts. Very small chance that's the problem, but worth a shot anyways. If not... reflow time? Though I find that Fermi-based GPUs can rarely be revived. :\

Quote:
Originally Posted by ratdude747 View Post
Batteries and charger came in... and:

https://www.badcaps.net/forum/attach...1&d=1549938204

Dixie the cat might not be happy, but the camera sure is.
You got a kitty?! - Awesome!!!

Last edited by momaka; 02-12-2019 at 06:26 PM..
momaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2019, 09:35 PM   #3491
Dan81
SNES-powered
 
Dan81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
City & State: Romania
My Country: Bacau
Line Voltage: 230VAC 50Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 908
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by momaka View Post
Anyways, try that GTX 660 on another board and also try cleaning the PCI-E contacts. Very small chance that's the problem, but worth a shot anyways. If not... reflow time? Though I find that Fermi-based GPUs can rarely be revived. :\
Sadly that GTX660 is as dead as a brick. I tried it in 3 different boards (MSI G41M-P26, ASUS M2N-E and ABIT IP35 Pro) and none recognized the card. Also reflowed it twice, first at 350*C and the second time at 550. Still nothing.
Dan81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2019, 12:14 PM   #3492
Topcat
The Boss Stooge
 
Topcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
City & State: Salem, MO
My Country: United States
Line Voltage: 120VAC 60Hz
I'm a: Professional Tech
Posts: 12,331
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Given a pair of Dell 1908WPF monitors, working.
__________________
<--- Badcaps.net Founder & Owner

Badcaps.net Services:

Premade Capacitor Kits
Badcaps.net Capacitor Master List


Motherboard Repair Services


If you've come here in search of replacement capacitors or repair services, please use the links above.
----------------------------------------------
Badcaps.net Forum Members Folding Team
http://folding.stanford.edu/
Team : 49813
Join in!!
Team Stats
Topcat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2019, 07:04 PM   #3493
RJARRRPCGP
Badcaps Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
City & State: North Springfield, Vermont
My Country: USA
Line Voltage: 123-127V 61.5-63.5 Hz
I'm a: Knowledge Seeker
Posts: 4,707
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
Sadly that GTX660 is as dead as a brick.
I call that "dead as a fly!" over here.
RJARRRPCGP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2019, 08:58 PM   #3494
momaka
Badcaps Veteran
 
momaka's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
City & State: VA (NoVA)
My Country: U.S.A.
Line Voltage: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 8,952
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
Also reflowed it twice, first at 350*C and the second time at 550. Still nothing.
Yup, that's modern nVidia for you. I never get any luck reviving those, so I don't even try anymore. Not that ATI is much much better.... but at least with the older stuff (R300 all the way up to HD6k series) I have up to 50% chance of getting a working card back. And if kept cool afterwards, they can manage to survive for a bit of time.
nVidia = noVideo
momaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2019, 09:52 PM   #3495
RJARRRPCGP
Badcaps Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
City & State: North Springfield, Vermont
My Country: USA
Line Voltage: 123-127V 61.5-63.5 Hz
I'm a: Knowledge Seeker
Posts: 4,707
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by momaka View Post
Yup, that's modern nVidia for you. I never get any luck reviving those, so I don't even try anymore. Not that ATI is much much better.... but at least with the older stuff (R300 all the way up to HD6k series) I have up to 50% chance of getting a working card back. And if kept cool afterwards, they can manage to survive for a bit of time.
nVidia = noVideo
At least, I never got an indication of the GTX 660 being bad like the 9800 GT, IIRC.
IIRC, I personally discovered a GeForce 9800 GT failed just within weeks after purchase! That was back in 2009.

I have a GeForce GTX 660 on my Asus Maximus II Gene rig, with the Wolfdale E8600 @ 4.0 Ghz That one is currently planned to be my Halo CE server.

Last edited by RJARRRPCGP; 02-15-2019 at 09:55 PM..
RJARRRPCGP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2019, 10:21 AM   #3496
Dan81
SNES-powered
 
Dan81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
City & State: Romania
My Country: Bacau
Line Voltage: 230VAC 50Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 908
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by momaka View Post
Yup, that's modern nVidia for you. I never get any luck reviving those, so I don't even try anymore. Not that ATI is much much better.... but at least with the older stuff (R300 all the way up to HD6k series) I have up to 50% chance of getting a working card back. And if kept cool afterwards, they can manage to survive for a bit of time.
nVidia = noVideo
Well I do have a HD5770 that won't work with the 12v plug plugged in. Would a reflow fix that? With the 660Ti it's either a absolutely dead GK104 core or one of the VRMs responsible for powering the core being kaput, although I haven't seen any signs of dead VRM chips.

btw,older nVidia cards like the 7600GT and 8500GT I managed to reflow them with success, although the latter had an MOSFET commit sudoku out of the blue while testing. No idea why. The 7600GT works fine tho, no incidents so far.

Last edited by Dan81; 02-16-2019 at 10:36 AM..
Dan81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 02:50 PM   #3497
momaka
Badcaps Veteran
 
momaka's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
City & State: VA (NoVA)
My Country: U.S.A.
Line Voltage: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 8,952
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
Well I do have a HD5770 that won't work with the 12v plug plugged in. Would a reflow fix that?
As in, it trips the PSU's short-circuit / overload / overpower protection?
If so, that's probably a shorted MOSFET... and likely a result of bad GPU.
Check GPU V_core and RAM Vdd rails resistance to ground. GPU V_core should be a little more than 1 Ohm (typically 1.5 or higher). Meanwhile, RAM Vdd can vary anywhere from 10 to 300 Ohms, depending on the RAM used and the GPU chip itself (larger chips of higher-end cards have lower static/off resistance).

And no... a reflow will not fix that, unfortunately.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
btw,older nVidia cards like the 7600GT and 8500GT I managed to reflow them with success, although the latter had an MOSFET commit sudoku out of the blue while testing. No idea why.
Should be revivable if you change the FETs. Had an AGP 7600 GS given to me a while back with a blown GPU V_core FET. Just changed it and the card has worked fine ever since. Might have been caused from a noisy/crappy PSU - at least that's my theory, as I've seen a crappy PSU kill a FET on an XFX GF 9400 GT card. In both cases, I used an 85 Amp MOSFET in place of the originals. The 7600 GS had a measly 15 Amp -rated MOSFET. Talk about over-kill, lol.

Last edited by momaka; 02-18-2019 at 02:53 PM..
momaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 07:26 PM   #3498
Topcat
The Boss Stooge
 
Topcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
City & State: Salem, MO
My Country: United States
Line Voltage: 120VAC 60Hz
I'm a: Professional Tech
Posts: 12,331
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I got a call this morning from a friend of mine that owns storage lockers, he always calls when there's computer stuff in one he takes possession of. He says there's some parts, an old server, and some 'kiosk thingy', and if I want it come get it....or it'll be in the trash.

The boxes of loose parts contained nothing really note-worthy....some IDE HDD's, worthless PCI & AGP GPU's, some dialup modems, etc....but there were 2 items that made this a good haul!

Item 1, which got me all excited when I saw the box:


Awesome, some supercool supermicro server!!


Well poo...no system, empty case....but a new-in-box beige eATX case with a 665w PSU.


Item 2; Now for the really cool gadget, which he called the 'kiosk thingy'.....well it's a "Monorail model 133", the first ever pentium-class AIO with an LCD panel.

In its original box:


These specs are accurate.


What was in the box:




All accessories included.




After some work to get it to boot, someone upgraded it to win98se


It has 16mb RAM hard mounted on the motherboard, and 2x empty SIMM slots....I stuck 2x 64mb modules I had on hand in it....it saw them, so 16+128 gave it 144mb.


I remember seeing these advertised once in the 'Computer Shopper Guide' for ~$1200-ish (for those of you that remember that massive monthly "tech bible" from back in the 90's)...but I never saw one in person. A quick google of this, they're pretty rare, especially in this condition...so a restoration project is born! This would be a great runner for NT4, and of course after tinkering with CPU & memory upgrades. It has no NIC, but does have a single ISA expansion slot. A dedicated thread coming soon!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg monorail_2334.JPG (192.0 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2335.JPG (129.6 KB, 59 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2336.JPG (159.5 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2337.JPG (240.9 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2338.JPG (198.9 KB, 62 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2339.JPG (185.5 KB, 60 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2341.JPG (234.1 KB, 62 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2343.JPG (322.4 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2344.JPG (287.8 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2352.JPG (279.5 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg monorail_2355.JPG (246.7 KB, 63 views)
Topcat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 09:34 PM   #3499
Dan81
SNES-powered
 
Dan81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
City & State: Romania
My Country: Bacau
Line Voltage: 230VAC 50Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 908
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by momaka View Post
As in, it trips the PSU's short-circuit / overload / overpower protection?
If so, that's probably a shorted MOSFET... and likely a result of bad GPU.
Check GPU V_core and RAM Vdd rails resistance to ground. GPU V_core should be a little more than 1 Ohm (typically 1.5 or higher). Meanwhile, RAM Vdd can vary anywhere from 10 to 300 Ohms, depending on the RAM used and the GPU chip itself (larger chips of higher-end cards have lower static/off resistance).

And no... a reflow will not fix that, unfortunately.
All mosfets on the power side seem to be replaced. I replaced a burnt diode from the other end of the PCB, right above the core, on the PCB edge, nada. Replaced another MOSFET that looked really suspect near the 12v plug, nothing either.

IDK what to say about the GPU though... a naked-eye peek on level with its solder side looked pretty suspect to me - some solder balls looked different than the others. Maybe it's the solder balls shorting?

Quote:
Originally Posted by momaka View Post
Should be revivable if you change the FETs. Had an AGP 7600 GS given to me a while back with a blown GPU V_core FET. Just changed it and the card has worked fine ever since. Might have been caused from a noisy/crappy PSU - at least that's my theory, as I've seen a crappy PSU kill a FET on an XFX GF 9400 GT card. In both cases, I used an 85 Amp MOSFET in place of the originals. The 7600 GS had a measly 15 Amp -rated MOSFET. Talk about over-kill, lol.
On the 8500, it just decided to kill itself for no reason. I was using a good PSU that I worked on (a Raidmax RX-500XT - no, it's not OEM'd by SunPro) and a barely demanding board (GA-945GZM-S2 and 1x 512MB DDR2 stick by Kingmax).

I might replace it with a 50 or 75A fet if I have any left.

Last edited by Dan81; 02-18-2019 at 09:38 PM..
Dan81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2019, 05:14 PM   #3500
momaka
Badcaps Veteran
 
momaka's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
City & State: VA (NoVA)
My Country: U.S.A.
Line Voltage: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
I'm a: Hobbyist Tech
Posts: 8,952
Default Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Topcat View Post
Well poo...no system, empty case....but a new-in-box beige eATX case with a 665w PSU.
https://www.badcaps.net/forum/attach...1&d=1550542409
Aw poor TC, I feel so bad for your "insignificant" find .

Silly jokes aside, it's interesting to note this case has two front USB ports. I suppose it's not that old then - possibly from the early 2000's?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Topcat View Post
Item 2; Now for the really cool gadget, which he called the 'kiosk thingy'.....well it's a "Monorail model 133", the first ever pentium-class AIO with an LCD panel.
WOW!!! That is actually pretty cool find!

10.4" viewable area color screen
I think that says it all. This thing must indeed have cost a small fortune to someone back then. Glad you're the person who found it. It would be a shame if someone else did and let it go to waste.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Topcat View Post
I bet this thing still has good vintage value, especially in that condition. Not suggesting that you should sell it or anything. After all, it fits with the rest of the cool systems you have. Just need to tell us when we can buy tickets to view your museum collection.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Topcat View Post
It has 16mb RAM hard mounted on the motherboard, and 2x empty SIMM slots....I stuck 2x 64mb modules I had on hand in it....it saw them, so 16+128 gave it 144mb.
LOL, a "133" model with 144 MB of RAM.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Topcat View Post
This would be a great runner for NT4, and of course after tinkering with CPU & memory upgrades. It has no NIC, but does have a single ISA expansion slot.
Meh. Personally I think Windows 95/98 fits it better.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
IDK what to say about the GPU though... a naked-eye peek on level with its solder side looked pretty suspect to me - some solder balls looked different than the others. Maybe it's the solder balls shorting?
Nope. That's just your typical RoHS BGA. Seen many like that.

Like I said, rather than playing the guessing game, just measure the resistance to ground on the GPU V_core and RAM Vdd rails. Then you will know if something is shorted for sure or not.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan81 View Post
On the 8500, it just decided to kill itself for no reason.
Since you get your GPUs second hand (or is it 3rd/4th hand? ), make sure to inspect the back of each card for missing/chipped SMDs. I've had cards come in such way, where there were a few tiny SMDs broken off right for the GPU V_core rail PWM controller. One of them was actually for the voltage feedback. Had I not noticed this and plugged the card in "as-is", most likely the GPU V_core VRM would have committed suicide. Also was working on another card today, where there was a chipped SMD ceramic cap that was part of the compensation network for the voltage feedback. With this cap missing, the GPU VRM would still likely have worked OK, but could start to oscillate at low or high load (depending on what that cap did) and cause something to blow only after some time. Of course, I noticed it, so that didn't happen.

Last edited by momaka; 02-20-2019 at 05:16 PM..
momaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



Badcaps.net Technical Forums 2003 - 2019
Powered by vBulletin ®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:28 PM.
Did you find this forum helpful?