so I’ve had a couple of motherboards that will only slow charge and have no display. From following Steve’s videos I was under the same impression that these motherboards couldn’t be recovered but today I managed to recover 1 (well I have fast charge back and the display works).
Normally you will get 5v but only 0.41/0.42 amps and it stays steady at that ampage and doesn’t go to 0 amps before switching to fast charge (1.3 to 1.8 amps depending on amount of charge in the battery).
This was a water damaged board (milk actually and what a stink when I opened it up!), so I haven’t put it back together until I check for corrosion and I need to replace a capacitor I lost when changing the chip. I did put it back together enough to confirm the display now works and the unit is charging.
The problem seems to be the 77621AEWI chip located below the main chip, next to the speaker connection. it’s a little black chip surrounded by capacitors. I was going to add some pictures but don’t have the option.
I used a doner chip from another knackered board and had to reball using flux and a soldering iron but it’s not too difficult to do, especially if you can see the reballing is good using a scope.
I also noticed that when I removed the 77621AEWI chip I got an open loop on both sides of 1 of the capacitors next to the charge chip BQ24193 (one of the larger ones to the left hand side of the BQ chip). Once I added the doner chip this short disappeared and for the record this capacitor wasn’t shorting with the knackered 77621 chip on the board. This kinda indicates that there is a link between the main charge chip and the 77621 chip.
I thought I’d open this topic as it might help others get around the 0.4 amp no display problem. I have another board here somewhere with the same problem and when I get a chance I’ll do the same fix and see if I get the same results.