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Old Jan 7, 2013, 05:54 AM   #1
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Default Fixing a PCIe slot with a heatgun.... thoughts?

Well I have a perfectly good asus p8z68-v-pro gen3 that has a damaged PCIe 16x slot (second one). The pins somehow became messed up from removing and reinserting cards several times a while back and using a magnifying glass are definitely damaged, I tried to use various tweezer and scalpel types to reinsert them but they are way too fiddly.

I was thinking of using a heatgun to remove the slot and replace it with another from a junk spare that I have, found a guide here(towards bottom of the page):

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m...igh=pci+repair

Apart from the possibility of setting fire to myself I think it should work. Would be interested in hearing from anyone who has done this themselves, any other suggestions or advice would be welcome.
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Be really careful about any surface mounted components that may be on the bottom side of the board, those can get blown right off by the heatgun if the air flow is strong enough. If you get too crazy with the heat you can also warp / set fire to the board. If you see smoke stop immediately. There's going to be a lot of heat flowing through the board so I would remove the battery before you start, batteries don't like heat very much.
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Will definitely be taking out the battery that's for sure, I plan to do it outside with a fire blanket at the ready with some proper fire retardant gloves... not oven mitts as suggested
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practice on the junk spare board, including finding out what happens when you drop it accidentally when its hot etc.
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That's a good idea, will get a feeling of the temps and melting points too.

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