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post #1 of 48
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Ok so here is what i did:

1. I accidentaly touched my gpu with a metal object while the computer was running.
2. Immediatly when i touched it, the Led:s on the GPU turned off and my monitor stopped getting any signal from the computer.
3. I turned off my computer and everything started as normal EXCEPT the GPU and the monitor, it seemed like the GPU didn't get any power.
4. The GPU fans are running at 100%(i can hear it from the sound)
5. The VGA_Light on the motherboard is red all the time(shouldn't it just flash red at the startup?)
6. All the other lights on the motherboard are normal.

So i think that my GPU is broken and that the reason to it was a short circuit when i touched the GPU. Am i right??? And if i'm right, is it possible that there is like a fuse on the GPU that would've saved it from getting destroyed.

And if it was a short circuit can anything else be broken, all the fans are working and everything looks normal except the GPU. Everything insinde the computer looks normal except the GPU lights and the VGA_light (GPU lights are not on, VGA_Light is on all the time)

Here are some of the computer specs:
Motherboard: Asus p8p67 EVO
Video card: MSI Radeon HD r6970 Lightning
CPU: Intel i5 2500K
Power supply: Corsair CX750

So is my GPU broken?
Is something else and the GPU broken?
How can i fix any possible problems?


I will try to answer your questions ASAP!!
post #2 of 48
have another pc to try the card in, or another card to try in your pc?
post #3 of 48
1)Unplug the PSU and press the case power button 4 or 5 times to discharge the power.

2) Remove the graphics card from the motherboard and place it somewhere that doesn't conduct static.

3) Remove the battery from the motherboard and wait for about a minute to allow the motherboard to reset itself.

4) Put the battery back in, put the graphics card back in, plus the PSU back in and attempt to turn it back on.

If this works, then congrats. If it doesn't then you need to check the Graphics card in another computer to confirm that it is in fact the problem.
 
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post #4 of 48
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I already unplugged the psu, gpu and the battery from the motherboard and it didn't work. frown.gif
I don't have the possibility to try the gpu in an other computer atm. So is there any other way to see if the gpu is the reason.
post #5 of 48
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Originally Posted by Capwn View Post

have another pc to try the card in, or another card to try in your pc?
Is there any other possible way to try it?? I mean, what else could be broken since doesn't the lights on the motherboard show if everything is ok and in this case everything else seems to be fine other than the GPU. I just want to make sure before i buy a new one.
post #6 of 48
try a different pcie slot? Or a CMOS clear?
post #7 of 48
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Quote:
Originally Posted by $ilent View Post

try a different pcie slot? Or a CMOS clear?
I already cleared CMOS, didn't work.
post #8 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by FatKoala View Post

I already cleared CMOS, didn't work.
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Did you already try a different pci slot? That way you can be sure that it is your card that broke and not that pci slot. That way you can know if you need to buy a new card or a new motherboard. IT sucks that you learned that hard way but now you know. Never open your case without turning off your computer and pressing the power button a bunch of times to clear out the remaining power because you never know what kind of lemons life is going to hand you. Also, be sure to always wear a static bracelet every time you go to touch anything in your computer. Clip it onto your computer to ground yourself.
post #9 of 48
Sounds like you might have shorted the GPU. Try it in another build, and if it works then that's a good sign. If not, I'd try RMAing the card.
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post #10 of 48
I'd say it sounds like you've blown up your GPU

You could have shorted anything to anything else by touching random parts of your card with a metal object. There probably are fuses on the card but they would likely be to protect against surges from the power supply, motherboard or some other predicable event- to protect against touching anything on the board would be a near impossibly task without fully encasing the components in resin.

Potentially you could have put over 20A through a chip rated for 50mA if you shorted the wrong parts and the damaged component(s) may not even be near where you touched it. Even if you tracked down all the damaged parts, they're surface mount components and some parts are ball grid arrays which mean all the solder points are underneath the chip itself and you can't readily solder them at home

What were you doing to short it out? Have you got another graphics card to test if you've taken any other parts of your computer out at the same time?
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