View Full Version : Has this board been scraped?

27-06-2012, 11:45 AM
Looking at this pc that won't boot - removed the ram to try and get some POST beeps, but no go. Doesn't even get to POST stage. I take a look at the board and there's this odd mark (see attached pic). It kind of looks like goo in the pic, but looks more like a scrape in normal light. Could this be the culprit? I've reseated the CPU and RAM, unplugged the drives, etc.
It's about 16 months old - ASUS M2N68-AM Plus.


27-06-2012, 11:53 AM
It just some goo.
If it was scraped,significantly, you'd see a break in the trace or see actual copper .

27-06-2012, 11:57 AM
I'll clean it off. They must just have got a dud.
Another oddity is that it has 1GB of RAM, even 2 years ago that was beyond useless for Win7.

27-06-2012, 12:00 PM
Give it a clean with some Isopropyl alcohol.

27-06-2012, 12:40 PM
Woah, after cleaning with Isopropyl it's booting again.

27-06-2012, 01:54 PM
I wonder where it came from in the first case.

27-06-2012, 02:08 PM
Yeah, I'm having my doubts about this PC. Confirmed it was purchased around Nov 2010 "new" and had very little use (really clean inside). I ran HD Sentinel, and that reports the drive has had 540+ days power on time. If used 24/7 since then it would be around 600-odd days, but they don't leave it on 24/7 and don't even use it some days. Maybe used for an hour or 2 every couple of days. So with the whopping 1GB of RAM, along with a most likely pre-used HD, I suspect they got had.

27-06-2012, 02:23 PM
I was actually meaning the blob of crap you wiped off.

27-06-2012, 05:51 PM
Looks like mouse urine, did it have a card slot open or a side off the case for a while?
Had to fix one a few years ago with that problem, ate the traces and a couple of smd chips away.

28-06-2012, 09:24 AM
No slots open, doubt they would open the case but you never know. No poo around, maybe an earwig or roach got in and took a leak or something. It was reasonably thick and took several rubs to remove. No goo above the area either. Odd, but it's now booting so they're happy :cool: