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bake it. stick it in the oven with the heatsink off, for about 10 min @ 400f. Then let it cool off and put back together, there are many videos on youtube just watch a couple first. I had a 8800gt that did this, I fixed it and gave it to my brother. I also used liquid no clean flux i got online, you can get it on ebay for around 5 bucks. Squirt some under the chips and it will reflow better.
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It's not just a Skyrim issue...it's a total 'everything' issue. Now I can't run any games or open any programs related to graphics (EVGA precision, FurMark) because there's a problem detecting my graphics card. See below.
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I've again done a driver uninstall and install using the latest drivers (285.62). Here's how I do the procedure. Feel free to offer any advice if I should do something differently.
1) Uninstall my video card in device manager.
2) Boot in safe mode and run driver sweeper. Clean anything related to nvidia. Reboot.
3) Install drivers. Reboot.
4) Cross fingers.
I believe this is a isolated issue with the video card. A friend let me borrow his HD 6950 and after installing its drivers, my computer ran fine. I ran FurMark, booted saints row 3 and skyrim for several minutes each, and everything was fine. After I was satisfied with that, I put back the 8800's and I got the same old problem.
I've yet to try the two 8800GT's on a different computer to see whether the cards are the issue. however, I think it's rather unlikely that both cards suddenly have major issues at the same time when they were running fine since the spring of '08 when they were purchased. I think BradleyW is right that something probably got messy somewhere in the drivers. Either way, I think the next step is to test the 8800s on another system. I'll post back with the results.

This bit i've highlighted, doing the sweeper can "Sometimes", not always! "Sometimes" cause a certain file or files to become corrupt deep within the operating system. Just test the card in a different computer. If you find they work, reformat your computer.
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Oh i did not see the other post on page 1. Yeah, the 880GT is dead. Oven time, to reset the solder joints! thumb.gif
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I believe they're dead too frown.gif. Both cards were working perfectly fine for 4 years. It's odd that suddenly they both croaked at the same time. I don't want to think this, but it may have been something in my system that caused it. At the same time, my computer is able to read other working cards.

In any case, I RMA'd my card today. I hope I'll get a replacement within 10-14 days. Since the 8800 is quite old, maybe they'll send me an upgrade smile.gif...
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I believe they're dead too frown.gif. Both cards were working perfectly fine for 4 years. It's odd that suddenly they both croaked at the same time. I don't want to think this, but it may have been something in my system that caused it. At the same time, my computer is able to read other working cards.
In any case, I RMA'd my card today. I hope I'll get a replacement within 10-14 days. Since the 8800 is quite old, maybe they'll send me an upgrade smile.gif...

Yes they might send you a GTS 450 or something like that.
Do you use a good surge protector?
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I hope so too. The brand is EVGA, if that matters, and their warranty service was the determining factor when I purchased my 8800. I have to say, dealing with their support was quite painless, and email responses were prompt. If i were to purchase another nvidia card in the future, EVGA would be among the top of the list thumb.gif.

My surge protector is decent, nothing fancy...one of the many we have lying around the house. I've been using it for some time now. I'm no electrical engineer but perhaps i'll look into it.
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