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First post, by FinalJenemba

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Found a clean looking XG recently in a random pickup and was planning on installing it in a 98 build. Was excited to try FFVII with it I've always been curious. But it seems to be dead. I've tried it in two computers and both refused to post at all if the card is slotted. Any ideas what could cause this? Something just shorted out on the board somewhere? Any chance of saving it or is it set for the recycler?

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Reply 1 of 5, by Joseph_Joestar

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The two thinner electrolytic capacitors near the CD audio connector look like they might have been slightly bent by physical force. Hard to tell from that photo, but it's possible that the solder joints on the back side got damaged.

Post high resolution photos of both the front and the back side of the card, and someone might be able to tell you more.

PC#1: Pentium MMX 166 / Soyo SY-5BT / S3 Trio64V+ / Voodoo1 / YMF719 / AWE64 Gold / SC-155
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Reply 2 of 5, by FinalJenemba

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2023-11-03, 06:48:

The two thinner electrolytic capacitors near the CD audio connector look like they might have been slightly bent by physical force. Hard to tell from that photo, but it's possible that the solder joints on the back side got damaged.

Post high resolution photos of both the front and the back side of the card, and someone might be able to tell you more.

Done. Solder joints all look ok just from eyeballing, but I know that's not always reliable. Wonder if there could be a short somewhere?

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Reply 3 of 5, by Joseph_Joestar

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FinalJenemba wrote on 2023-11-03, 16:28:

Done. Solder joints all look ok just from eyeballing, but I know that's not always reliable. Wonder if there could be a short somewhere?

I can't spot anything suspect on a cursory glance, maybe someone else will have better luck.

BTW, if you haven't done so already, try cleaning the contacts which go into the PCI slot with isopropyl alcohol. And if that doesn't help, go over them a few times with a pencil eraser. Due to improper storage, sometimes a thin layer of corrosion can form on the contacts, which can prevent electrical flow.

PC#1: Pentium MMX 166 / Soyo SY-5BT / S3 Trio64V+ / Voodoo1 / YMF719 / AWE64 Gold / SC-155
PC#2: AthlonXP 2100+ / ECS K7VTA3 / Voodoo3 / Audigy2 / Vortex2
PC#3: Athlon64 3400+ / Asus K8V-MX / 5900XT / Audigy2
PC#4: i5-3570K / MSI Z77A-G43 / GTX 970 / X-Fi

Reply 4 of 5, by Ydee

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FinalJenemba wrote on 2023-11-03, 16:28:

Done. Solder joints all look ok just from eyeballing, but I know that's not always reliable. Wonder if there could be a short somewhere?

If the card causes a short circuit, PSU protection will work. In this case, the propellers on the cooling fans briefly move after the PC is switched on and nothing else. Once the card is pulled, PC functions normally.