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#1 red1776

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:22 PM

I had been meaning to share this nifty tool I bought with the group, especially for those of you that are system builders. I got a rather unpleasant reminder last night to do so.
Last night my build started acting strange. about every other restart the idle temps would jump about 25c. I figured I had an air bubble break loose and after every trick in the book, I turned to the radiators as the possible cause.
I broke out my Snap on BK 5500 Visual Inspection device to have a look. So at the risk of ridicule, and various smart *** remarks :P
the BK5500 is designed for inspecting inside small spaces. It's probably the best investment tool-wise I think i have made.

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Inside the rad tank, so far so good.
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The whole inspection device is slightly smaller diameter than a No 2 pencil. The adjustable lighting source and full color high res camera is about 1/4"


Another look at the cooling channels
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It has a 90 degree adapter, this shot is actually taken from the inside of the radiator looking out ( that's a light fixture on the ceiling)
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Guess what the blue thing is? that is a inlet/outlet plug they package it with, and it blocks the flow rather well. I went back to the box it shipped in and I had the correct number of them, so it apparently got pushed in at the factory.
This thing gets extremely close and holds focus. I have found damaged pins, burned DIMMs, small cracks in PCB's etc. If you build systems, you might want to check it out.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

It costs a fair insane amount of money but yes it does its job.
Didn't you have another thread up about it? One with pics of the pins of a CPU.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:47 PM

It costs a fair insane amount of money but yes it does its job.
Didn't you have another thread up about it? One with pics of the pins of a CPU.


Did I?
Oh well, pay no mind, I'm just breaking in a friends senility :whistling:
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:06 AM

Very nice tool. So the plug was plugging up the works. Odd that it only would do it sometimes.
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:09 PM

Very nice tool. So the plug was plugging up the works. Odd that it only would do it sometimes.


I think it was moving around and dislodging when I shut it down. Sometimes it would block the outlet, sometimes it wouldn't I am lucky it didn't block it 100%, I am not sure the shut down sensors are fast enough. since had to tear it down to find it, I took the opportunity to install the second pump.
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:43 PM

As if one is not enough LOL. Is the second pump for the same loop or a different lop?
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:34 PM

Redundancy and for enough pressure to make it through cpu 4x gpu and 3 rads If I remember right.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:50 PM

Pretty cool little camera -- but by no means is it an affordable tool to just have lying around. Nice find though...pretty difficult issue to figure out otherwise...

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:03 PM

Hey red. What sort of profession do you work in?? But that is not a bad tool there. for 350 its a grand investment for one that does lots of engine diagnostics.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:16 PM

Hey red. What sort of profession do you work in?? But that is not a bad tool there. for 350 its a grand investment for one that does lots of engine diagnostics.

Also found this Brochure :D

What ever happened to just using a drug dog...


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:lol: That's awesome. Why tear it apart when you can use a stupidly expensive camera? :P

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:37 PM

I hadn't seen that Law enforcement was using them.

Well thats the reason i I posted that " for those who do a lot of system builds' was because of its expense. This thing paid for itself a long time ago.




@ BP, yeah if you keep it in the case its not a good investment


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:52 PM

:lol: That's awesome. Why tear it apart when you can use a stupidly expensive camera? :P


Because clients do not like paying for diagnostic Work and I don't work for free. :P

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