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Old 02-11-2019, 07:05 AM   #3481
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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
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-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)
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:39 AM   #3482
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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.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:53 AM   #3483
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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.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:26 AM   #3484
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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?!
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Old 02-11-2019, 11:13 AM   #3485
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award ami and phoenix all use different beep codes - i used to have some lists/tables
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:17 PM   #3486
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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)
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:09 PM   #3487
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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)

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Old 02-11-2019, 03:21 PM   #3488
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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!

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Old 02-11-2019, 08:24 PM   #3489
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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.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:22 PM   #3490
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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.

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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. :\

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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.
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Sadly that GTX660 is as dead as a brick.
I call that "dead as a fly!" over here.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Old 02-16-2019, 11:21 AM   #3496
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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.
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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.

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