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ITS ALIVE!: DFI 790FX has been saved.

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by brandonwh64, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    Ok i bought a DFI 790FX board from T77 that was dead. My plan was to figure out what was wrong with it and fix it the best i could. If i couldnt fix it i was gonna use it as a soldering experiment. Well i first took out the Cmos Battery when i got the board and left it out for 24 hours. I then checked the board in a bright light environment to see if there was a burnt place which there wassnt so when i went to replace the CMOS batter i noticed some corrosion on the contacts of the + side of the battery. I then took a sanding block and smoothed it out back down to the metal and reinstalled. Well to my surprise the board booted first time with a 8400GS and 1 stick of 2gb DDR2-800!!! im so excited! THANKS T77!!!

    This first picture you cannot see the screen well but it was on the post screen.

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    This second picture you i turned the monitor around so you can see the post screen!

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    Nice..

    LOL just a little corrosion and all is well
    give it a few runs and report back
     
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    lol, fun fun! I got a good deal off of that dead board too.. lol. 2x Heatsinks for the NB/SB. :toast:
     
  4. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    yea thats one thing that i need to do is get some stock heatsinks from someone cause i DO NOT want to run this board without them. IMMA create a WTB thread for some NB/SB heatsinks off random dead motherboards to see if i can find some that will work on it. I think i have a 40mm or smalled fan some were the will probly fit on a stock heatsink.
     
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    Way to go!
    Always nice to trouble shoot and actually figure it out:)
     
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    Well, I can get you a SB HS, I doubt the NB HS on the 790GX-M2RS will work...
     
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    Nice fix. :rockout: I like getting stuff thats broke and trying to figure it out. If it dont work out, its used as target practice. :toast:
     
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    HOLY CRAP! You got it working!:eek: Well then you just got yourself a sweeeet deal!:D After shipping costs I only got 5 bucks from it:roll: Congrats brandon! Enjoy the board and overclock the Athlon X2 to 4.0;) I would recommend getting good heatsinks because this chipset on that DFI gets pretty toasty.
     
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    Thanks T77!!! i found a old S478 board in my closet that had a heatsink but it didnt have the bolt holes so i put some tim in it and used a stiff plastic coated aluminum wire to hold it down. Im going to boot it again and go into the bios to see what the NB temps are like.
     
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    I did manage to find some random heatsinks after I shipped the board, I could send them to you with some thermal tape because them don't have pins? Is Flyordie going to give you the SB cooler?
     
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    If he wants the one off my 790GX I can ship it to him when I get to the post office.
     
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    well i would like to get two from 1 person instead of having to pay to ship from diffrent people but i will take what i can get.

    can you gimme a quick picture of what those random heatsinks look like? THANKS T77!
     
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    nice! usually its silly things like this that hapen
     
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    Wish I could fix my old DFI board as easily as this, mine just no worky :'(
    Well done on getting such a great deal, and managing to fix something yourself. Always a great feeling.
     
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    Yer lol happens to us once every blue moon!
     
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    This is embarrassing:eek:.....but I lost them again:laugh:
     
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    I just got my DFI X38 board back from RMA the other day. It was a open box newegg item long out of warranty but as usual DFI repaired it for the cost of shipping it to them. Ripper3 Might try emailing Susana (susana@dfiweb.com).
     
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    Looks like I'll be buying a ton of dead boards. ;)

    J/K, grats Brandon!
     
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    Thanks guys! im happy too! i was looking on the DFI forums and this is one of there boards that will be updated to use 6 core CPUs so im def planning on getting on of those for it when i can afford it. I looked at some heatsinks on ebay and they were ok so if i cannot find any here in the forums i might get two from there.
     
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    Alright! i robbed the heatsinks off my MSI G33M motherboard but they wernt the right sizes so i got them held on with plastic coated wire with some good tim under them until i can get some that fit right. I also put it in a case with my Evercool Transformer 4 heatsink with a sorta push/pull system. overall it runs good (besides the make shift heatsinks). I also did some light overclocking on stock voltage and got it running 3.2ghz linx stable for 30 minutes (i know not long enough but im installing drivers).

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    HAHA! I told you it would be the CMOS battery!
     
  23. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    yea im glad i looking at it when i did! i ran the PC all night with it clocked at 3.2ghz downloading some torrents and was working good this morning so im impressed
     
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    Lol wow thats exactly what I thought, too.
     

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