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dorsetknob

"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
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Acquired a laptop for spares/repair
ex owner said it boots to Bios (that was true )
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i was Surprisedo_O
shame the intel graphics was borked ( only found that out after software was installed).

sourced replacment board from ebay :)
 
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i was Surprisedo_O
Soldering is awful, but that's the way you replace those old NEC capacitor banks (you can still buy them but they are relatively expensive and all are chinese knockoffs).
Did that procedure myself quite a few times, only I've used proper tools for the job :laugh:

I guess it simply coincided with dead GMA x[watever]'s untimely death... :cry:
 
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Ventilated my Network Attached Storage Device to help keep temps down. Doesn't look good, but it solved my overheating problem...

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Got a dead laptop from a customer. Spent nearly 4 hours diagnosing and then fixing 3 bad power rails, replacing dead audio codec, and soldering in a new NIC which previous "specialists" decided was no longer needed.
The last one was a cap on 1.5V DDR3 rail, and after breathing too much flux fumes and isopropyl I totally spaced out that it was the wrong height ))) Only saw it when the laptop was nearly completely assembled.
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I'll probably replace it tomorrow, even though the owner of this laptop wanted me to leave it like that :D:D:D
dunno why it has hole there, maybe they prepared it for that :D
 
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What about cutting a square hole and put a 80mm fan that exhaust the heat?
Fans are prone to failure, noisy, and pick up dirt/dust.
 
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dunno why it has hole there, maybe they prepared it for that :D
In total disregard of my customer's ghetto-taste I've decided to fix it ))) Replaced that thing with a large-capacity tantalum cap.
Though, you've got the point - that cap served well as a standoff for better cooling without a maintenance hatch :roll:
 
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Somebody gave me a XFX Radeon HD 4550 625M 1gb DDR2 with a burned fan. I just cleaned it and put a chipset cooler to drop it in my HP Dc5700 small form factor which is my current htpc connected to living room tv. Yes the pins are pushed through holes.
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Fans are prone to failure, noisy, and pick up dirt/dust.
Anything could pick-up dust depending of your region.
 
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I have the small ~25mm fan at the back of the unit that is set on "auto". It just runs a lot less now that the unit is "ventilated" ...
It used to run on high all the time and it was getting annoying. So now it often runs on low and temps remain reasonable.
 
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I was thinking of passive cooling when I replied. Since it already has a fan well forget I said anything.
Crossing my arms and nod my head left right left with a judgement stare. :p
 
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Ventilated my Network Attached Storage Device to help keep temps down. Doesn't look good, but it solved my overheating problem...

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I'd add a fine mesh under those top holes. Saves you a lot of time dusting it out. Or for proper ghetto creds just duct tape some mesh over the top instead.
 
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Somebody gave me a XFX Radeon HD 4550 625M 1gb DDR2 with a burned fan. I just cleaned it and put a chipset cooler to drop it in my HP Dc5700 small form factor which is my current htpc connected to living room tv. Yes the pins are pushed through holes. View attachment 121030



Anything could pick-up dust depending of your region.

I just realised that I don't have the plate for the low-profile DVI and S-Video so next time the swap in my HP Compaq Dc5700 :)
 
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Ill see what I can do guys... stay tuned for proper ghetto modding!

Upgrade Cost: Free
Materials: Electric tape and dryer sheet
ghettohack complete/

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When you have just an universal VGA block and your VRM temps go up to 100C (Radeon R9 290 DCU II @ 1200/1366)




e: Now I have a 120 Noctua there, much more silent than that 80mm Delta. :D
 
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Version 2.0 with a Sunon 92mm fan and twisted PCI slot covers. This works hella fine :toast:

 
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Mebbe not quite ghetto, but i stripped two pretty nice RGB strips off some fans, they came with a rudimentary controller box with remote. The strips have the standard +12/r/g/b wiring, so will even connect to a RGB motherboard header. I have them in the top/bottom of my case for now, just because it was a bit too dark.
 
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Acquired a laptop for spares/repair
ex owner said it boots to Bios (that was true )
View attachment 120963

i was Surprisedo_O
shame the intel graphics was borked ( only found that out after software was installed).

sourced replacment board from ebay :)
I'm calling this a buidzoid mod as he is the only person I know who likes to add capacitors for a few more MHz.
 
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Ill see what I can do guys... stay tuned for proper ghetto modding!

Upgrade Cost: Free
Materials: Electric tape and dryer sheet
ghettohack complete/

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:laugh: hahahaha damn had a good laugh with this one mate. Never thought you would actually do it. :lovetpu: Just purfect :pimp:
 
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