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First post, by Kahenraz

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I was trying to figure out how to test a Voodoo 1 I got from eBay to see if it was working but I didn't have a known-good board to compare against. When I failed get it working with anything, I decided to take a closer look at the board...

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Thank god I have a microscope for work like this.

Reply 1 of 10, by Kahenraz

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All fixed! I poked at the pins around each quad pack and found another 30 or so joints that had broken. The pins appeared normal but a light poke and they would move. The card works great now. 😀

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Reply 2 of 10, by fitzpatr

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Nice! Those are always the first place to look when acquiring a Voodoo 1/2. Almost all of them have damage, it seems.

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Reply 3 of 10, by bloodem

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Kahenraz wrote on 2021-08-04, 13:11:

All fixed! I poked at the pins around each quad pack and found another 30 or so joints that had broken. The pins appeared normal but a light poke and they would move. The card works great now. 😀

Good job! If you have the experience, I would also recommend a complete reflow of all joints (for the FBI/TREX chips + memory ICs), that will make the repair foolproof. 😀

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5 x Socket 370 / 8 x Socket A / 2 x Socket 478 / 2 x Socket 754 / 3 x Socket 939 / 7 x LGA775 / 1 x LGA1155
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Reply 5 of 10, by bloodem

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Joakim wrote on 2021-08-07, 09:10:

It is interesting how many voodoo cards have damages like this, is it because they were handled without love when discarded?

Well, yeah. Mechanical damage requires a certain amount of force to be applied on that specific area. 😀

2 x PGA132 / 5 x Socket 3 / 9 x Socket 7 / 12 x SS7 / 1 x Socket 8 / 14 x Slot 1 / 5 x Slot A
5 x Socket 370 / 8 x Socket A / 2 x Socket 478 / 2 x Socket 754 / 3 x Socket 939 / 7 x LGA775 / 1 x LGA1155
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Reply 6 of 10, by Joakim

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Yeah ofc.. but I still find it strange that voodoos were handled so roughly, I have bought many other cards but the voodoo 2 8 mb I bought had been handled so uncarefully the user must have hated the card. :-p

Reply 8 of 10, by bloodem

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Joakim wrote on 2021-08-07, 09:49:

Yeah ofc.. but I still find it strange that voodoos were handled so roughly, I have bought many other cards but the voodoo 2 8 mb I bought had been handled so uncarefully the user must have hated the card. :-p

I am ashamed to admit that I, myself, have done it. Between 2005 - 2010 I worked as an IT service engineer, and.... man, I can't even tell you how many retro parts I threw into the recycle bin without giving it a second thought. 🙁

2 x PGA132 / 5 x Socket 3 / 9 x Socket 7 / 12 x SS7 / 1 x Socket 8 / 14 x Slot 1 / 5 x Slot A
5 x Socket 370 / 8 x Socket A / 2 x Socket 478 / 2 x Socket 754 / 3 x Socket 939 / 7 x LGA775 / 1 x LGA1155
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Reply 9 of 10, by Joakim

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I sometimes forget that many of these items have passed s recycling center. In my country it (sadly) illegal to take stuff from such a place.

Edit: spelling

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