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Well I was an idiot and couldn't figure out why one of the screws for my CoolIT Vantage wasn't making contact with the backplate. I kept turning the screw and what happened is that the screw wasn't in the proper position and I gouged my motherboard (an Intel DP67BG) right by the mounting hole and cut a trace. Now my board won't turn on. The CPU light will flash for a second and then the board shuts off. Is there someway I can try and fix this on my own? it's hard to tell from the picture but I can clearly see the copper traces in the gouged area.

Thankfully it happened to a board that will be getting replaced anyway due to the Intel SATA bug so it's not bothering me too much.

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A conductive pen will do.
    
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Is that similar to what is used in a rear-window defogger repair kit? Also I have a solder gun. What can I do to fix the trace without having to buy anything.
Edited by HotWasabiPeas - 2/18/11 at 11:24am
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Buy the look of it, if you follow that line to the solder point theres nothing there! no capacitor, no resistor or diode. so i wouldn't worry about it.
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But it's causing my board to not turn on.
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Originally Posted by Ezygroove;12435569 
Buy the look of it, if you follow that line to the solder point theres nothing there! no capacitor, no resistor or diode. so i wouldn't worry about it.

That little dot near the bottom of the pic is connecting it to the other side/other PCB layer.

You can scratch a little bit of the trace coating off to expose bare copper than solder a shorting wire in. I'd then cover that bare wire with super glue to avoid accidental shorts.

YMMV and you could short out other things if you're not careful soldering.
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Originally Posted by HotWasabiPeas;12435617 
But it's causing my board to not turn on.

Sorry didn't read your post properly! (been one of those days)
In that case if your good with a soldering iron you could bridge the trace you've gouged.
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post #8 of 11
most traces dead to physical dead ends because they actually go inside into another layer. You could possibly expose part of the traces and do a bypass, but it will be hard. Conductive pen is easier, as soldering that small requires a nice new tip.
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post #9 of 11
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Looks like Radio Shack sells a circuit writer pen for $9.99. Maybe I will give that a go and see what happens. Assuming that I can get the trace connected again what do I need to put on top of that area to protect it? Would electrical tape be OK?
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Originally Posted by HotWasabiPeas;12435809 
Looks like Radio Shack sells a circuit writer pen for $9.99. Maybe I will give that a go and see what happens. Assuming that I can get the trace connected again what do I need to put on top of that area to protect it? Would electrical tape be OK?

Electric tape would be fine. You might just get by with a fiberglass washer if you have one of those around.
    
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