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The blown chip 10 February 2001


This is a close up of the blown chip and some of the burn marks on the card. I've been told that this "chip" is a transformer "hybrid" between the outside and the nic controller. And I don't recall any electrical storms. Another person said they thought it was "the miniture 9v switching regulator which is needed for the thin ethernet connection. I think the hybrids are the other two smaller GTS parts. One for UTP, one for 10base2. Can't find it but I used to have a couple multi-interface ISA NICs which had generic P/N's on the chips." The NIC in question was to my external LAN. In fact it was connected to my Nokia router.

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