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Hey troops. It's been a very long while and recently been getting back into PC's & overclocking. Even been dabbling with basic PC repairs.

Had an interesting one last night with a dead motherboard I was trying to revive, a Gigabyte GA-VM900M. Was an Ebay buy for $2...bargain. lol

I'd replaced a few blown capacitors, no big deal, done this a few times with motherboards & video cards yet had a new problem when on repairing and then firing up one of a semiconductor blew...and in a big way (pic show the damage).

Originally I'd had a 300w psu connected just for testing, CPU fan spun a few times then stopped (same issue prior to replacing caps). So figured I'd up the ante and plugged a 500w psu in. Success the board fired up and for 5 seconds everything seemed great guns...then it decided to fire up some more in a not so pleasant way with a semiconductor burning out and as per the pic did a bit of damage to the board.

Since I've never had one of these goes before. My question is, can this be repaired by replacing the semiconductor chip (circled the same model chip that wasn't burnt out next to it in the pic). Or is the board damage to much and I'm best to just strip the board for other repairs. Obviously for $2 (+$8 P&H) it hasn't killed the bank.

Cheers,

LT

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Intel 3.06g ASUS P4P800 SE Innod3d 7600gs 512mb 2.5gig 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1X250gb, 1X40gb Windows 7 RC 22inc LG Flatron Standard MS Natural KB 
PowerCaseMouse
VAV 500w It's big and it's black Chic wireless 
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