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Andy Jan 09, 2003, 12:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I had a motherboard that was not working and I was also having problems with the AGP card on it. I shipped the motherboard and the video card to the person I bought the motherboard from, and when it got there, the guy called and said one of the resistors had broken off (one of the cylinder like pieces mounted onto the board). First of all, is this a transistor or a resistor? And second of all, is this a piece that can be soldered back on, or is my only option to get a new card.

BTW, I can place the resistor/transistor back onto it's legs and it fits nicely on there, but I'm sure the actual metal to metal connection is nothing like it was.


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Andrew D. Jan 09, 2003, 01:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Broken transistor/resistor
It's a transistor, and yes it could be souldered back, but performance, reliability and other things I can't think of right now may happen also, but it is worth a try.

jake Jan 09, 2003, 01:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Broken transistor/resistor
you can tell if its a transistor or a resistor by the number of legs it has. a resitor has 2 lags and a transistor has 3. in theory soldering it back should work but please not these boards are put together by machine and the orginal soldering is much neater than any person can do. so you have to be extremly careful. regarding performance as long as its the same componant again then (in theory) performance isnt a factor. if you get it going again i'll be impressed. if you dont then write to the company you got in from, generally if its gone wrong within 30 days you can return it for a another one.
good luck dude

p.s. if you short the board then it is actually posible to ruin the mobo (but unlikly)

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