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When the card didn't sustain any further damage it should run. Now you know what cap to get you are half way there. I would bend the leads of the new cap in a angle and solder it straight to the card. Then you'll be able to test it and if all works you can easely detach the soldered cap and attach it properly. I wouldn't use soldering temperatures above 200 degrees celcius to avoid heat damage. Good luck and tell us if the card works again.
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Wouldn't it be possible to buy a "spares and repairs" identical card and take it from there? They go for quite cheap on ebay and you'd know for sure it's the same stuff.
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Originally Posted by Orbis_Non_Sufficit View Post
ohh i see, well thats a good start, now i know what capacitor to get.

but i am still confused on wheather it was accidentally snapped off, or if someone did try to have a go at resoldering it.

he did claim that it does still power up but of course no signal or connection can be seen because of that damage. but even so, can it still be repaired?
Looking at the close-up shot of the solder pads, it's my opinion that no one has tried to repair this yet. On the left pad, that thing that looks like a big pile of solder is actually the lead that broke off the cap and stayed on the pad. You will need to desolder that first.
The easiest way the put the new cap on is as follows;
1. clean the existing solder off the pads with a piece of solder wick cut to a chisel point.
2. reapply solder to each pad, being carefull not to apply too much heat.
3. dab a small amount of flux onto each pad and place the cap in the correct postion.
4. apply heat to each lead of the cap. the solder from the pad will flow onto the lead. It won't take much heat.
    
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post #34 of 76
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and according to the seller, the capacitor at hte bottom right corner snapped up when it arrived and that they wouldnt refund it, due to Windows Vista.
errr what does Vista have to do with a video card?
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errr what does Vista have to do with a video card?
apprantly, it wiped his computer files (like a crash or something).

and everyone, thanks for the advice, and i'll carry on but first i'll say, as somenoe here mentioned before about taking it to a maplin shop, do u think they can repir it? if so, do u think they'll know what to do precisely?
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anyone may i ask?
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There's no way a video card can wipe your hard drive mate, it sounds fishy.
post #38 of 76
Listen to your parents, but how stupid is to buy a graphic card which is 'working' but not working.

If only the cap is the problem, why didn't he replaced it. (I hope that you asked yourself that question)

What you have to do is find the exact same card, with 'same' board revision, look up that cap and replace it.
You don't have to solder it on the board, use leads.

And if video card is faulty, it doesn't do specific task, it just doesn't work. (At best they do random stuff, they don't communicate with CPU to wipe hdd)

The problem is, what was the function of that cap, if filtering, then it should work even without the cap, but if removal resulted in something else...
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post #39 of 76
Replace it already. Quite asking stupid questions, and do what several people have already told you to do. It will either work, or not work. When your done and figure out that it doesn't work. I have a WORKING BFG 8800 GTS i will sell you for $200.
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There's no way a video card can wipe your hard drive mate, it sounds fishy.
Who said it was the card? it was Vista!

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If only the cap is the problem, why didn't he replaced it. (I hope that you asked yourself that question)
Not only myself, but a bunch of other high feedbacked ebay users, and he explains that he did not have the time to do so, after all the hassle he was trying to get it refunded, when they didnt believe him even by showing his credit statement proving the purchase, but only wanted the invoice or receipt.

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You don't have to solder it on the board, use leads.
sorry about this one, but what did u meant by that exactly? i can only think of soldering it, is the way to attaching it properly right?
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