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Question Motherboard Repair

stanzlavos

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Hi

I have a desktop based on an Asus Rampage V Extreme.

Sad story : I was trying to repair a home appliance. Was trying to monitor a serial port using a Bus Pirate (had made sure that the part I was checking, was in-fact operating at 5V levels) connected to a USB port in the front panel, and something went wrong! Think I might have fried something on my motherboard. The MB does get power, but it does not turn on at all. I did notice that the x99 chipset heatsink was pretty hot to touch.

As of now, I have no way to check anything as I don't have a spare MB. Before involving some repair folks, I wanted to make sure that if it would even be possible to "swap/replace the chipset" ?

Anyhow, I'll be contacting Asus customer support tomorrow. Meanwhile, any recommendations ? :)

Regards
Nubin Stanley
 

Furious_Styles

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Don't waste time with Asus support, they won't help you since you damaged the board.

Sadly there's not much you can do beyond taking the battery out and trying a min component boot. But it sounds like something power-wise was damaged and if that's the case there's not much hope of that working.
 
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stanzlavos

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Don't waste time with Asus support, they won't help you since you damaged the board.

Sadly there's not much you can do beyond taking the battery out and trying a min component boot. But it sounds like something power-wise was damaged and if that's the case there's not much hope of that working.
I just want to get a paid repair, if possible. :)

Not sure anything is gonna turn on though. The MB is not even trying - the boot sequence seven seg display don't come on, the fans don't start....
 

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Hi

I have a desktop based on an Asus Rampage V Extreme.

Sad story : I was trying to repair a home appliance. Was trying to monitor a serial port using a Bus Pirate (had made sure that the part I was checking, was in-fact operating at 5V levels) connected to a USB port in the front panel, and something went wrong! Think I might have fried something on my motherboard. The MB does get power, but it does not turn on at all. I did notice that the x99 chipset heatsink was pretty hot to touch.

As of now, I have no way to check anything as I don't have a spare MB. Before involving some repair folks, I wanted to make sure that if it would even be possible to "swap/replace the chipset" ?

Anyhow, I'll be contacting Asus customer support tomorrow. Meanwhile, any recommendations ? :)

Regards
Nubin Stanley
Couldn't you just use a multimeter to test the appliance?

Sorry for you loss. I just went through this with my last main rig. I'm not sure what happened, but when I determined it was the motherboard I just built a new rig. It was 7 years old. Yours is six years old.

That sure is an expensive board. Very sweet. What processor were you running on that board?
 

stanzlavos

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Couldn't you just use a multimeter to test the appliance?

Sorry for you loss. I just went through this with my last main rig. I'm not sure what happened, but when I determined it was the motherboard I just built a new rig. It was 7 years old. Yours is six years old.

That sure is an expensive board. Very sweet. What processor were you running on that board?
Well, I did use a multimeter for the initial parts. There was a control board with switches/seven seg displays that the connected to the main board. There were 4 wires between them (5V, GND, X, X) . I think that the control board was at fault. Made sure that the board was operating at 5V levels (it was being fed by 7805). And then I wanted to see if it was actually doing some serial communication. :(

I have a 5820K. Hopefully it still runs (and the rest of the peripherals)!

Anyone from Bangalore around? Any recommendations on a good repair shop? :) I don't think I'll get any thing if I try to sell the rig; I was thinking if I could get a replacement x99 board. Cannot find one online atleast. :(
 

fastman

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Not to rain on your plans but you would need some very precise soldering and specialized gear, not to mention the skills to replace a chipset on a mobo.
 

stanzlavos

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Not to rain on your plans but you would need some very precise soldering and specialized gear, not to mention the skills to replace a chipset on a mobo.
I don't intend to do this myself. :D

BTW, the Asus authorised service centre near my location informed that they would not take in out-of-warranty motherboards! :( Unfair!

Did talk to a few 3rd party repair folks. I think I found a knowledgeable guy, but with the Covid-19 lockdown in effect, the shops are closed and procuring parts seems to be a pain.

I might just end up upgrading the mobo and proc (and maybe upgrade the rest of the parts later on). Had a few queries regarding this as well. I guess I'll start a separate thread for that.
 

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