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Originally Posted by rafety58 View Post

Like I said, I was going off of memory of what I read years ago, that's why I said wait until someone more knowledgeable comes along
I'm an ass. Shouldn't have you snapped like that. Sorry mate.
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Originally Posted by MrKrrrinkle View Post

Jeez guys no reinstall drivers or anything before telling him to tear the thing apart and bake it?

if it doesn't even show video at the bios screen, no
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Originally Posted by Tslm View Post

I suppose reseating, trying a different pcie slot, trying a different output, checking the PSU, using onboard graphics to check whether the bios is recognizing the card etc are all out of the question too
stick it in the oven bro laughingsmiley.gif

Take a small piece of clean printer paper and fold a corner over both sides of the PCIe connect on the video card and lightly pinch it as you run it up down the connector, as if you were sanding the PCIe connector. if it leaves notable black marks on the paper then it mean fingers oils may have been hampering the connection.
Edited by cdoublejj - 7/24/12 at 5:18am
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I've tried the card with several different video cables, 3 different motherboards, and 2 different power supplies.

Needless to say I've done the obvious.
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Then if you're feeling adventurous, try baking it.
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Does the fan work when you turn the computer on? any leds? does the heatsink get warmer if you let it run? how did it break?

If it shows no signs of life at all when the computer starts up then its more likely a dead element in the power circuitry somewhere (all them big things that stick out) in which case you can usually replace them with equivalent parts. If the fans/leds work but no picture and the heatsink is either room temperature or really hot then it usually means the core is toast, no way to fix that. If its anywhere in between these symptoms then you have a good chance of fixing it with reflowing, 10 mins in 200C oven does the trick, doesn't really matter which way up or how many pieces you remove as long as anything doesn't melt, burn or apply constant pressure.
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You could try an alcohol bath, sometimes the card just needs a good cleaning.
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Tried baking it last night no luck.


Before and after I noticed that the fan on it is barely moving. Guess its a power problem? Gonna throw it away unless someone else has any ideas.
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