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Is this caused by a loose inductor? What could be going on here?

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This thing tagged as R23 on the board is loose.

The computer has been acting oddly lately so I decided to open the card (after I was 100% sure the problem was this card) to clean off any dust and see what could be the problem..

The part moving (I think it is an inductor), is just the black one, which means the solder is just fine (or appears to be)

The other R23 things are all fine and steady like rocks, just like I think this one is supposed to be.


By the way, the computer usually goes down under load or when "something happens" for example, when I click something, when I alt+tab - in order words, when the OS catches an event...
The screen goes black and the card's fan kicks to 100%


here is a video I just uploaded with this card showing the problem:


and images are attached



So... are the card's problems really caused by the R23 loose thing?
Any solution, besides RMA?



Edited by EduFurtado - 5/10/11 at 7:47am
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Either replace the part or RMA. I'd recommend the latter, if you've still got a warranty.
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
Either replace the part or RMA. I'd recommend the latter, if you've still got a warranty.
Does the symptoms I mentioned points towards this as the source of the problem?


By the way, what's and inductor's job?


I was also wondering.. Maybe it's loose because it's not properly embedded, so if I could just make it fit again the problems would be gone (assuming this is the reason the card is not working as it should)
Edited by EduFurtado - 5/9/11 at 8:41pm
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That's a VRM, is it not? RMA.
    
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I don't think so, the VRMs are right before it in the electrical flow of the board.


Before RMAing, I want to understand what's wrong with the card...
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado View Post
I don't think so, the VRMs are right before it
Before RMAing, I want to understand what's wrong with the card...
sorry to be blatently harsh.. but you already know whats wrong.. just RMA it
Edited by smorg - 5/10/11 at 4:00am
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sorry to be blatently harsh.. but you already know whats wrong.. just RMA it
Seriously, I don't.

First I want to make sure that R23 is an inductor.
Then understand what it's job is and check if it's the cause or not.
After that try to figure out how the hell that got loose in the first place.


As for just RMA it... I can't simply do that since I live in south america. An RMA sounds easy for you when there is no customs involved, as well as days, weeks or even months of waiting for everything
Well.. I think I better get started with ASUS...
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Dont even touch it, RMA straight away. you will just break it and void your warranty
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Dont even touch it, RMA straight away. you will just break it and void your warranty
Is R23 a resistor that is one part of one of the vrms for the core? If that is bad, you've essentially lost a power phase which could explain the behavior you're seeing. Any stress above 2d clockspeed trashes the card.
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Dont even touch it, RMA straight away. you will just break it and void your warranty
I will, but I want to understand what's going on
just sent ASUS a RMA request

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Originally Posted by breenemeister View Post
Is R23 a resistor that is one part of one of the vrms for the core? If that is bad, you've essentially lost a power phase which could explain the behavior you're seeing. Any stress above 2d clockspeed trashes the card.
From google most people say it's an inductor (at first I thought it was a resistor)
The wierd thing is.. it's not any stress above 2d clocks. It also crashes randomly on 2d clocks
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