Shuttle AN35N-Ultra Voltmods

Author: celemine1Gig
Date: 2004-07-19 17:39:55

I used the following parts for my mods:
  • one 50K (trimmer-) potentiometer for the VCore-Mod
  • one 20K (trimmer-) potentiometer for the VDD-Mod
  • one 5K (trimmer-) Potentiometer for the VDimm-Mod
  • a good soldering iron (Ersa 25W in my case)
  • rosin core solder and a resin (for example „colophony“)
  • some heatshrink tubing and hotglue
  • and perhaps some isolating protection lacquer
At first, cut off or break off one of the two outer legs of all potentiometers, because only two contacts are needed (the middle contact and one of the outer two pins). The third one is useless and could be in your way while working on the other two legs, or could interfere with some parts on the mobo.
Afterwards, adjust all potentiometers to the maximum resistance, because that’s the value to start with - this is very important!


Datasheet of the chip:

Connect the outer pin of the 50K potentiometer to Pin #14 (Vsen) of the RT9241B chip and then connect the middle contact of the potentiomter to Ground.
Pin #13 of the RT9241B is a ground pin, but I felt that it was too cramped for me to solder the two cables next to each other. I used a thicker cable than I normally would, because I had read that it would give more stable VCore values in comparison to using a thinner wire (reference to Hell-Fire’s postings on XtremeSystems). In order to ground the middle pin of the poti, I just put the cable through a hole in the PCB, just next to the P4-connector on the motherboard. On the backside of the mainboard, I connected the cable to one of the two ground pins of the P4-connector.


Datasheet of the chip:

Connect the outer pin of the 20K potentiometer to Pin #8 (FB) of the RT9203 chip. Then connect the potentiometer's middle contact to Pin #3 (Ground/GND) on RT9203.
Measuring point for VDD is the right leg of the mosfet directly under (righthand) the RT9203 chip.


Datasheet of the chip:

The outer pin of the 5K potentiometer needs to be connected to LM431's Pin #8 (Reference). After that you have to connect the middle pin of the potentiomter to ground. Since the LM431 chip does not have a Ground/GND-Pin (NC is NOT Ground), you willl have to think about something different. I used a longer, thicker wire again and put this wire through the second hole in the PCB, next to the P4-connector (routed the wire along the backside of the AGP-port). Then, like with the VCore-Mod, just connect the wire to the second ground point of the P4 Connector.
Measuring point for Vdimm is the left leg of the mosfet directly next (lefthand) to the first Dimm-slot (have a look at the pics).


That’s all the info needed to do the mods!

P.S.: I did the following additional modifications to my board:I’ve got to thank Hell-Fire und AA666 from the! Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to write this article.

All modifications are done at your own risk! I am not responsible for any damage caused by the mods!

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