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post #1 of 15
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Howdy ya'll

So after upgrading to my latest build I donated my old parts to my friend in order to help him build a rig that would be decent enough to run SWTOR. Here's the specs if you're interested:

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Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
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EVGA 8800GTX

Anyways the reason I replaced the 8800gtx is that, like most 8800gtx's, the thing ran like a furnace and after three years of use eventually started to have artifacts. It wasn't too noticeable, but being a bit of a perfectionist I couldn't stand it. Now that it's set up in this different build it runs Windows and other applications fine, but upon the first boot up of SWTOR the screen had artifacts and magical color boxes everywhere. I didn't know whether to panic or drop an acid tab.

I was wondering if there's any methods for salvaging it, such as a heat gun or tossing it in the oven for a while. He just spent all his spending money buying the case and hard drive so it's gonna be a while until he can afford to buy a new video card for it. Any suggestions? Or do I have a new paper weight?
post #2 of 15
Try baking it in the oven at 385f for 8-10 minutes. I did that to my 4870 and it brought it back to life, it had artifacts everywhere until so.
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post #3 of 15
Well, i wouldn't call it a paper weight, i personally kept my dead Intel Penium 4 because of its sentimental value, as being my first computer's CPU, but ANYWAYS, try baking it if its already busted, if that doesnt work... reseat the cooler, and toss it in another machine to see if it will work
    
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post #4 of 15
What the others suggested. Try baking.
    
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post #5 of 15
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lol sick. I love getting baked biggrin.gif

Found a decent tutorial video on youtube, I'll follow the instructions and let you guys know how it turns out. Thanks.
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Just make sure you turn a fan on or something. My house smelt like a bomb went off inside of a box made of solder.
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post #7 of 15
Bake it. Ensure you have proper ventilation.

You can also try the self-bake method some people have tried.

Remove cooler, but leave cooling for VRMs and memory chips on.

Remove thermal paste from heatsink. Allow it to sit in an empty PCIe slot for about a minute or so at the most, when the chip gets too hot to touch.

Replace everything and check.
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post #8 of 15
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Bake it. Ensure you have proper ventilation.

You can also try the self-bake method some people have tried.

Remove cooler, but leave cooling for VRMs and memory chips on.

Remove thermal paste from heatsink. Allow it to sit in an empty PCIe slot for about a minute or so at the most, when the chip gets too hot to touch.

Replace everything and check.

I wouldn't really do this as the point is to reflow every soldered point on the board, not just the chip. The 8800gtx runs naturally hot, the chip might fry itself. By doing this, you are (theoretically) re flowing the chips solder and not the whole board.

The oven is your best/safest option IMO.
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post #9 of 15
bake it! 375 FOR 8 Mins..let cool..do it 1 more time
they say to turn it upside-down..but don't..because capacitors can drop off
 
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post #10 of 15
baking worked for an old 8800 GTX I had as well. Put it in a friends computer and he hasn't had any issues with it.
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