View Full Version : could this board be salvaged?
11-21-2002, 02:48 AM
alright....a guy on hawksearch (university of iowa's lan fire sharing site) posted on one of the message boards an MSI kt333 mobo that he has for sale for $5 because it shorted out.... this is what he wrote
I've got a DOA (ie not working) MSI Kt333 mobo (it's a pretty red color) . No physical damage, just shorted out one day... If anyone wants this one they can just gimme $5 and it's yours.
I left him a message asking what exactly might have happened to it...but I figured for 5 bux I can't go wrong, especially if it has the potential to be salvaged. What do you guys think?
11-21-2002, 03:12 AM
11-21-2002, 03:15 AM
i found this in a magazine a little while ago, could be worth checking out
11-21-2002, 12:05 PM
In my opinion, unless the chips on the board goes out, then it can be fixed.. if the solder falls out or breaks and you know to do it, then of course you can fix it.. same goes for the capaciters and resisters.. but if one of the chips that is proprietary to that particular mobo maker fails, then unless you can get just that chip from them you're pretty much SOL..
Just gotta know your electronics well enough to test the board and find out what component went bad.. I remember taking "broken" monitors from work opening them up and finding out that just a connection was broken somewhere on the board.. a little solder, and POW free monitor =0) Comes in handy when you need extra cash.. I mean it wasn't stealing.. they told me to throw them away, and I just dropped 'em off in my car instead..
Hope this helps at all.. Nothing is futile, and use the force!! everything will work if you hit it enough =0) (that's how i got my old packard bell to start working again after everything else I tried didn't work..)
11-21-2002, 04:33 PM
alright....he says that the board will power up and whatnot......
There's an interesting story that corresponds with it... There seems to be a problem with these mobos that if you jump in overclocking too high it won't even power up (of course this was diagnosed after I bought the thing...). Anyway, I overclocked too high for its tastes, and it would recieve power, ie the fans were running and whatnot but nothing was booting. I tried removing the video card and sticking it back in, thinking that it may have been the problem (this had fixed similar problems on my old comp) and when I did this with the computer still on the computer just shut down. I tested the power supply and the video card, both worked, so I assumed the problem was the mobo. I got a new mobo and now my computer works.
I know this sounds primative, but could he have just forgot to reset the bios jumper? hehe, that would be quite easy to fix :)
11-21-2002, 06:37 PM
Its worth $5. If it doesnt work just sell it on ebay as "untested: not guarenteed to work." It will go for more than $5.
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