rasz_pl wrote on 2022-04-08, 03:32:
VirtuaIceMan wrote on 2022-04-07, 07:47:
Is there anywhere online where people do these sort of fixes or can be asked for help?
local hackerspaces are best bet
I think the same.
What also comes to mind.
These people know how to solder and fix things, too:
- Model builders (you know, r/c models, ship models etc) - know how to wire things, install motors, gears etc.
however, they aren't much into video games likely
- Radio amateurs (hams). Some are very skilled and have a good understanding about electronics in general, but maybe are decades behind at worst when it comes to digital stuff
- Retro gamers and their clubs/meeting places - more into 70s/80s consoles, but able to solder mod chips etc. also
- Arcade fans - know how to repair mechanical pinball machines and arcades (switch CRTs, make/fix cabinets), but aren't into precise soldering?
I'm sorry, that's all that comes to mind right now.
Whete someone definitely gets no help.. : computer shops
As strange as it sounds. Today's IT professionals have no understanding about electronic basics, I think. They're so out of this world. They only know software, protocols.
They won't fix anything. They will stare at the card (PCI? Huh? Must be worthless junk!), take the card, send it somewhere and charge money for it.
If someone's lucky, the card comes back - unrepaired. With only a minor extra damage.
Edit: Now that I think of it. There's another group I forgot about.
- Radio/TV repair shops - almost extinct, but those repair technicans of old had soldering skills, too. Even though SMD parts as we know it didn't exist yet in their time frame.
Edit: These are just some ideas, of course.
It would be best if the card finds its way into the hand of someone who knows what it is.
A serious person someone can trust, rather than a random person on the internet with only a postal box address.
So an electronics repair shop or a hackerspace really makes more sense, I guess.
The person in question should be accustomed to the parts on the graphics cards, at least.
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