Originally Posted by Mistawes
You'd have to swap more than just the NOR, I think Syscon then the CPU and possible the GPU.
It sounds like it needs a reflow or preferably a reball. There's no other way to access the HDD on another machine other than swapping tonnes of parts.
Does the red LED light up on the front? I had one that didn't, but it was a loose connection to the power + eject buttons, fixing the cable solved my problem, when swapping the power supply didn't work.
Syscon and CPU. GPU can be replaced so it's not tied.
So yeah, to get his data back, you'd have to get some board to transplant CPU and syscon from the broken board on. As for the NOR, you can either flash the NOR from the other board or transplant.
Ofc it has to be the same nodel mainboard.
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