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Ok, so just in time for the CC, I think I up and decided I'd ruin a perfectly good video card. Let me preface this by saying my work schedule has been completely insane, flipping between days and nights, with no time off for about 2 months. I'm completely exhausted and was not thinking at all, let alone clearly.

I bought a vf3000f and installed it. I was in a hurry because I had to go to work and I wanted to leave the person feedback before I left. Not thinking about it at all, I put AS5 on the VRAM and the other parts indicated on the instructions. I was trying to be careful not to get any on the PCB, and I don't /think/ I did, but I couldn't be certain.

What I do know is that I turned my comp on and turned on F@H and ran out the door to work. When I got home this morning, I noticed a skipping/jerky motion when I moved the mouse around, programs were slow to open, and I had the feeling things were not well. So I googled a bit and realized I wasn't supposed to put AS5 on the VRAM. Le sigh.

So, my question is, is my situation in any way recoverable, or am is my card fried, and if it is fried does anyone know what my chances of an RMA are with EVGA?

Thanks all, let the ridicule begin
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post #2 of 12
It's fine.

If the card still boots it will be fixable.

PUT THERMAL PADS ON THE VRAM
post #3 of 12
Take the card apart and wipe the paste off the chips and reinstall the Zalman cooler with some thermal pads. See how it turns out. As long as you clean it up the harm shouldn't be permanent.

What were the core temps on the card when you returned?

Maybe it was throttling cause the chips were getting hot?
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Thanks speed, I'll throw the stock cooler back on after a THOROUGH cleaning. Although....I have to work again tonight. *yawn
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post #5 of 12
tim on the vram does no harm.
post #6 of 12
Just reseat it, and use thermal pads as needed. Your card is still just fine.

Not NEARLY as stupid as my mistake.
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blackbalt, the card was registering 54C on msi ab when I got home. I have no idea if the other stuff may have been too warm. thanks!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Just reseat it, and use thermal pads as needed. Your card is still just fine.

Not NEARLY as stupid as my mistake.
lol what did you do?

pm me
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thanks guys, I'm glad I didn't ruin my card. Pioneer, what did you do?
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Took some bad advice, and dremeled into a screw to remove it (it was stripped), and the sparks from the dremel cut the PCB.
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