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Broken piece off Mobo - what is it, can it be repaired?

greaves69

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So, my son and I are building his first computer and a small piece of the Mobo was hit when setting the GPU. Pics below show the piece, the area where it cam from, and a larger pick of the Mobo.

Mobo is a MSI B450 Tomahawk Max. Any info on what we should do, what the piece is and/or what it effects would be appreciated.

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Looks like one of the signal filtering capacitors for the Realtek ALC892 integrated audio. There's a chance you will get no audio, or be missing a channel, or get 'noisy' audio.

You should be fine to power the system on and give it a spin. If the audio is truly buggered you can remedy it with an aftermarket sound card still.

@buildzoid is here already and can give more info.
 

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Looks like one of the signal filtering capacitors for the Realtek ALC892 integrated audio. There's a chance you will get no audio, or be missing a channel, or get 'noisy' audio.

You should be fine to power the system on and give it a spin. If the audio is truly buggered you can remedy it with an aftermarket sound card still.

@buildzoid is here already and can give more info.

Thank you so much for the quick response!

So, basically if the sound is messed up in any way we can fix that by adding a sound card and bypassing that part of the Mobo? Just ignore the "integrated audio" by adding an audio upgrade?
 
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So, basically if the sound is messed up in any way we can fix that by adding a sound card and bypassing that part of the Mobo? Just ignore the "integrated audio" by adding an audio upgrade?
Yep. Get a PCI-E x1 sound card like a Creative X-Fi (some older models like the SB0880 still have Win10 driver support and are as cheap as $25) or similar, swap your front panel audio and rear audio to it and you'll be set.
 
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If you get an PCIe sound card make sure you disable the onboard sound in the bios/uefi to avoid any conflicts.
 
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It could also possibly be reattached. Maybe take the piece and mobo to a electronics repair shop and they might be able to solder it back on.
 
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