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Scratch on motherboard help please

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Ophiuchus    0

B668A5C5-DC26-4547-A6E6-D9BA20F471AF.thumb.jpeg.0149b522af3894ec0ae29ad1975f68b2.jpegI scratched my motherboard while trying to install it in to the case and it’s on a trace line above the cpu is it deep enough to cause problems ? This is my first computer so i am concerned Will it be a problem?

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Code Name: Lockdown    9,487

Likely yes

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Steven P.    16,810

Looks like a deep scratch so I would not suggest using it.

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Mindovermaster    3,634

Can use a multimeter. :)

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Steven P.    16,810
2 minutes ago, Mindovermaster said:

Can use a multimeter. :)

What if he doesn't have one, place a finger each side of the scratch? 😛 

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Sulphy    1,467
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3 minutes ago, Steven P. said:

What if he doesn't have one, place a finger each side of the scratch? 😛 

Lick it while powered on (9v battery test methodology) :D:D:D

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Mindovermaster    3,634
3 minutes ago, Steven P. said:

What if he doesn't have one, place a finger each side of the scratch? 😛 

Can easily go to any computer company and buy it. :)

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Daniel F.    687

a little bit of liquid metal will fix that right up 😛 😭 🃏

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neoraptor    60

buah, test it till it bleeds - memtest, prime95, cinebench, furmark. If it goes through a day with those it is fine.

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OphiuchusOops    1
6 hours ago, Ophiuchus said:

I scratched my motherboard while trying to install it in to the case and it’s on a trace line above the cpu is it deep enough to cause problems ? This is my first computer so i am concerned Will it be a problem?

It looks like there are only two traces there.  There are a couple concerns...

  1. There is copper bridging the two traces -- Check for any scratched copper between the traces.  Take a wooden toothpick with a sharp tip and scrape between the copper traces
  2. The scratch went deep -- Did the scratches fully penetrate the copper traces and you can see the insulation of the circuit board (looks like it'd be black)
  3. Copper traces are exposed -- I don't think this will be a huge deal.  You could take a small piece of electrical tape and place is over the scratch.

When it comes to inspecting this stuff, more light and more magnification is the key.  Set your cell phone to video record mode, turn on the flash, and zoom in... in a pinch I use that as an illuminated magnifier and it works decent.

 

Feel free to post a clearer photo if you can get one.

 

Good luck!

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goretsky    1,194

Hello,

 

Perhaps you can repair it with a conductive pen that has a very fine tip.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

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