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Here is my situation - maybe you guys can say if baking will help "resurrect" my card:

I have an MSI 9800GX2. The card works as it should when the drivers are not installed in Windows (laggy but responsive video output) but as soon as I install the latest nvidia drivers and reboot windows- the system hangs or crashes with a BSOD. I have tried previous driver versions but none have worked. All give me the same issue as soon as I restart the computer after a clean driver installation. I've tried installing it under XP, Vista, and 7 - and all give me this exact same error. I had this happen with 3870x2 before but I simply sold that card for parts/repairs on eBay instead of troubleshooting it.

I should mention the card was working fine 2 weeks ago but then one night it randomly started giving me crash errors, and then 30 minutes later the card failed giving any video output altogether.
Since then, the card has just been sitting on my desk, until yesterday.

I have been using the card under Ubuntu and Mint for the past 2 days and it seems to be working fine using the default (xorg?) video drivers (except gaming - tried l4d2 on ubuntu using these drivers but the GPU artifacts like crazy). However, as soon as I install the nvidia proprietary drivers on linux the same issues happens - the system hangs or crashes while booting up.

Do you guys think baking will help me at all? Or is the card beyond saving?

(I know that even if baking is a possibility results are not guaranteed - I tried baking an artifacting 4850 last year and it didn't help it all, if anything it killed the GPU as the card wouldn't boot afterwards)

Any input is appreciated thumb.gif

Cheers!
post #2 of 3
Apologies for the way I do things, the long explanations and repetition checks (f***-up is not word I believe in). From what you've just mentioned, your chances are high in rejuvenating the dying 9800GX2. Heheh . . . I said rejuvenating not resurrection though both can be done correctly, I should make a full documentation covering all factors and all the specifics on the do's and don'ts, one of these days I'll have it up.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1417584/opinions-on-baking-your-gpu/0_30#post_20687180
A fairly acceptable no. of check-points, but not adequate enough for full reconditioning.

Going back to your problem:
- Yes you can bake it, but I have to emphasize that you need to have all/most that was mentioned on the link above done on your check-list before moving on to the fire.
- Please answer the questions or provide specifics on how you'll be planning it.

Questions (yes/no/specify):
- What will you use conventional gas, electric, plate or gun?
- What heat range are available on the dial or panel?
- Ambient room temp. where you'll be cooking and cooling?

Notes:
GX2's have soldered SLI cable, do take note and protect it, even if it's kapton made, protect it. Also do make sure it's leveled right. You may use coins covered with aluminum foil. Lay it down face up next to each other, leveled (emphasizing on leveledness; hahahahah . . . leveledness . . . I crack my self up).

Aluminum foil: Shiny side always facing heat to reflect.

Ride height: Always make sure it's leveled, from the pan and inside the cooking chamber. Have the tray below center and bottom height fixture with a minimum clearance of 1" inch or 1.5" inches. You may use coins, metals or any high melting point materials as long as you insulate it with foil. As for stands or holder positions, use the corners and make sure you do not make contact with other components. You can also use 6mm concrete nails or bigger this is for using the machine holes relatively found on the board, I'll post a picture soon.

Use a tray/pan, the floating is a better method but it's very timing critical due to it must follows the re-flow heating curve.

Cleaning: Very, very, very important . . . remember that you need to clean it PROPERLY.



rolleyes.gifAre you ready to play with fire, MECH WARRIOR !!!
Edited by psychophat - 9/28/13 at 10:19pm
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Thanks for the post!

I'll run through your checklist and post back here with the details tomorrow afternoon.

But it looks like everything is leading toward an overheating issue that may have caused a soldering issue - last I was able to check HWMonitor on Windows the card would reach 97*C and I think I saw it once reach 103*C on a full load while gaming redface.gif

I'll probably need to go to the hardware store to pick me up the necessary screwdriver(s)/heads & some isopropyl alcohol (unless 50% cuts it).

I'll report back tomorrow.
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