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Hey guys, I'm at a bit of a loss.

About a month and a half ago I was away from home when my marine fish tank spilled into my machine. At the time I panicked, wiping the components dry, but I read that salt water is extremely corrosive so I dunked it in a tub of distilled water. Most of the components where soaking before so I was like what do I have to lose? Anyway I have managed to get the motherboard, cpu and ram all working again but the prize of my system seems to be not functioning. Now I'm sure people have had similar situations with water cooling systems and such, but I cant figure out for the life of me why the card isnt working, while the whole motherboard is, and it took more water than the graphic card. I left it at least a month with rice around it drying, and I used compressed air to clean off any salt granules, and I cant see any corrosion on the card. Any one have any suggestions?
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Have you disassembled the whole card taking off the heatsink? I would start there make sure its all dry under, and then I would soak it in rubbing alcohol and let it dry from that. Make sure its ~ 95 - 98% alcohol. The good thing about alcohol is that it evaporates very quickly and is perfect for cleaning components.
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Have you disassembled the whole card taking off the heatsink? I would start there make sure its all dry under, and then I would soak it in rubbing alcohol and let it dry from that. Make sure its ~ 95 - 98% alcohol. The good thing about alcohol is that it evaporates very quickly and is perfect for cleaning components.

98% alcohol, how do you manage that? hehe
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Gah if only I had 98% alcohol on me >.< Ill see if I can go and purchaaase some tomorrow.
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post #5 of 8
As a side note, acetone is even better at driving off water than alcohol, and easier to find than 98% alcohol ... Although I'd swab a corner of the PCB first just to make sure it doesn't mess it up/dissolve it cause I've never tried it lol.
    
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post #6 of 8
Isnt anything past 96% gas...?
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Use "white gas". You can pick it up from nearly any outdoor/camping supply store.

It is lantern fuel.

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Your local Radio Shack should have an item stocked named "Deoxit." The stuff is made for this type of situation, circuit boards that were water damaged or corroded. There are two canisters, one for cleaning and another for sealing. Highly recommended. My FAST XFI aftermarket standalone for my car spent two weeks underwater due to a grommet failure. Took the board from the.pic below to looking brand new with no scrubbing. It was toast anyway, which yours could be, but for $15 its worth a shot.

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