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Spam City / Re: Song of the Day
« Last post by One Eyed Wonderweasle on August 14, 2022, 07:48:43 pm »
just because

Geek / Games Discussion / Re: Just cool game stuff
« Last post by One Eyed Wonderweasle on July 24, 2022, 06:56:55 pm »
 There is a "Steam VR Fest" on right now so I think I'm gonna grab Half Life Alyx as my first AAA VR title.
Geek / Games Discussion / Re: Newer Tech
« Last post by Sandman[SA] on July 21, 2022, 07:43:20 pm »
Looks like success to me.  Nice job.  :tup:
 I think that model isn't available over here. I kept getting stuff about it being discontinued or will not be restocked. but something like that model would be more what I'm looking for.
Geek / Games Discussion / Re: Newer Tech
« Last post by One Eyed Wonderweasle on July 19, 2022, 01:59:52 pm »
 I know I've done it years ago when my hands were better and my vision was also, but I'm hoping this will let me see good enough. I think it might have been socket 775 I worked on years ago, sockets have gotten denser since. The package should be here tonight.
 Tried it out on a socket 1151 that had one out of place pin (wouldn't boot with 2 slots filled in a channel) would boot with both in separate channels. I still have to try the board again but the repair looks OK. EDIT motherboard now boots with the ram in the proper spots, so looks like all is good. I still have another motherboard to try, will likely be more challenging.

  First 3 are before, last 3 are after. (pics taken using the microscope). Computer screw beside socket in some pictures was for scale.
Geek / Games Discussion / Re: Newer Tech
« Last post by Sandman[SA] on July 18, 2022, 08:19:35 pm »
I have an old MSI LGA 1155 board that had 5 bent pins in the socket.  Owner said he tried to upgrade the CPU and it mysteriously stopped working.  It looks like he dropped something on the socket and bent a few pins.  Took me about 30 minutes with a powerful magnifying glass and a sowing needle to put them back in place.  One got damn near bent over backwards.  I'm lucky it didn't snap off.  I don't have a CPU to test it with, but I am pretty confident that it should work again. 

Trying to fix an LGA socket with bent pins it really nerve racking.
Geek / Games Discussion / Re: Bragging rights. Let's see what you got.
« Last post by Sandman[SA] on July 18, 2022, 07:17:04 pm »
My bad.  But the fact still stands that you can get external optical drives for under $30.

Is this what you're looking for?  I got this one at Micro Center for $95 US a bit over a year ago.  And it does everything except light scribe.
Geek / Games Discussion / Newer Tech
« Last post by One Eyed Wonderweasle on July 17, 2022, 09:55:16 pm »

I ordered mine on Amazon for about $54. Canadian dollars before taxes free shipping.  I have a couple of motherboards socket 1150-1151 that have a pin or 2 out of place I wanted to repair them but I found between a high powered light and a magnifying glass. Both hands already used and couldn't see the pins good enough anyway, so a Youtube search later and  this guy is using a microscope to work on a socket pin repair.
 So I start to price out that type of gear thinking it's way too expensive, cause whatever he's using looks really good. mind you it isn't likely as cheap as what I settled for but some of these really cheap USB or wireless microscopes were starting at about $30 plus tax. and had not the worst ratings. I thought the entry level was going to be in the hundreds of dollars.
 the original one I looked at was about 44 bucks but came with a crappy all plastic stand and base. this one included the better aluminum base (normally sold separately for $34) for only about $10 more.
 I will give a review on how this works out. it looks like a handy tool if you have to inspect anything on a higher detail level.
 This was the video I watched. I didn't check his links or research specifically what he was using. just assuming it was probably a bit more high dollar. (yeah setup he's using is over 600 us dollars from the link). But if I get something that allows me to see better hands free, will be worth the amount I paid.

 That one is an eternal BR reader not writer. burns DVD's. I would be looking for a BR burner not just reader, but I'll get to looking soon, just haven't yet.
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