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edit: please also read the replies I've posted to this topic. thanks

I recently installed water cooling to my system, that includes 2 water blocks on my GTX 285s.

When I first started my computer it crashed to a blue screen, I figured out that problem by doing a clean re-install of my NVIDIA drivers. But now it starts up to a black screen... After hours of troubleshooting, I decided to try to unplug one of the graphic cards, and it worked... It booted up perfectly with the newest driver installed. So this has led me to believe that the other gpu might be broken.
- with both cards plugged in, drivers installed, booted to safe mode. I checked under device manager, both cards are recognized.
- if I plug the monitor to the second gpu, it doesnt show anything
- with only the second gpu plugged in, the computer doesnt boot at all.

what do you guys think? did i break my graphic card or is it software related?

thanks!
Edited by Phoenix777 - 4/28/11 at 11:03pm
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My guess is the second card is half-dead.
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My guess is the second card is half-dead.
half dead? any ways to fix it?
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half dead? any ways to fix it?
Well you could try to put the normal cooler back on and run it again. Make sure you have the power cables connected well and try the card in both pci-express slots
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Well you need to disassemble and start looking for marks, maybe some water leaked somewhere.
If water got anywhere on the card, it might have short-circuit, and its now dead.

Need to put it back in hits original cooler and test on another computer.
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Take your water cooling loop apart. Try one card at a time and test both of your PCI-E slots to rule out the motherboard. I agree with iZZ that you should go back to the stock cooling to test.

If one of the cards works by itself and the other card does not, then you have narrowed it down.
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ok... the second card isn't working... i tried both of them individually in the same PCI slot, only one of them worked.

but how come both of them got recognized in Device Manager? Is there a way that I can fix it somehow? Could it possibly be something on the software side? thanks
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ok... the second card isn't working... i tried both of them individually in the same PCI slot, only one of them worked.

but how come both of them got recognized in Device Manager? Is there a way that I can fix it somehow? Could it possibly be something on the software side? thanks
I think its most likely something got shorted out on that card that isnt working. Maybe not water, but something metal with too much pressure applied. But it definately sounds like that card is dead. Sometimes (although very rare) cards just die. Take it apart and physically look it over with lots of light. Check for burns inparticular. Check all the vrms and the gpu itself, and also the back of the pcb.

If you still have warranty left on it, reinstall the stock cooler and ask the mfg for an rma. Might want to leave the part about water cooling out though as I'm not sure how that would play with some mfg's.
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I think its most likely something got shorted out on that card that isnt working. Maybe not water, but something metal with too much pressure applied. But it definately sounds like that card is dead. Sometimes (although very rare) cards just die. Take it apart and physically look it over with lots of light. Check for burns inparticular. Check all the vrms and the gpu itself, and also the back of the pcb.

If you still have warranty left on it, reinstall the stock cooler and ask the mfg for an rma. Might want to leave the part about water cooling out though as I'm not sure how that would play with some mfg's.
what sucks is... the card got wet after I tested it, the little sticker on it came off and I threw it away, that voids all possible warranties, lol. I think I might give it a try without the block on it. I wonder how I managed to break it tho. I leak tested for over 2 days and it was dry as a desert when I ran it. The only thing I can think of is I might have screwed the screws too tight or something.
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ok I just tried to fix the card again...

I put the stock cooler back on the broken gpu. I flashed the broken GPU with 3 different BIOS found on the internet, I even flashed it with a BIOS taken from the good card, same results, it just starts up to a black screen.

I've also closely inspected the card itself, did not notice any burns or damages. I also tested the second PCI slot with the good card, the slot is fine.

Running out of options here... is there absolutely no other ways I can try to fix this card? There is 1 more thing I can try, is to try it in another computer...

I'm really missing my SLi setup, all my games just don't feel right.... argh, last resort would be to buy another card.
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