storminstang06 Posted August 24, 2012 Share Posted August 24, 2012 I have 2 diy boards I got during the summer sale in 2009 that each have a cat5 port that is not working....and it's my fault. The boards arrived installed in their enclosures; all I had to do with them was connect the channels cords and power supplies when I bought them. They have worked flawlessly until tear down day after Christmas 2011.The only weekend I was able to take down the display was one of two times that it snowed that winter (and it layed also ...so it was very cold). By the time I got to these two controllers, my hands were so cold (I couldn't disconnect the boards from each other with my gloves on). Some of the cat5 cables I have have those rubber protectors on them, which with cold hands and a setting sun, made it long and seemingly impossible to disconnect those cables!So after giving both a firm and regretful yank, I have one port on each of these two boards that no longer works. I thought it would be a simple solder fix and so I asked my friend (who has successfully desoldered my mistakes before) to do the job. Both ports were semi attached and still were loose when my friend was finished (he recommended regluing them, which I have not yet done). Well, I got around to testing the ports tonight, and neither one responds. The other cat5 port on both work just fine and there are no other issues with either board.I am wondering if the ports themselves are broken, or since I know the wires barely go through the board I am wondering if they are making good connections. I haven't looked at it yet, because I don't want to uninstall the heavy duty heatsinks if I don't have to! Any ideas? Can this be fixed? Should I use the third port (not sure what size it is, but it is different than the other two) to connect these two boards to the rest of the LOR network?Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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