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Op I think you must be the most ripped computer nerd I've ever seen.
    
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Originally Posted by Majestic_Lizard;11931851 
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Add one more success story.

I received an 8800 GT from a guy who had been playing games with the card, but with no fan on the card at all. The story is that someone else tried to clean out a computer with a high powered air hose (designed for filling up car tires) and blew all of the fan blades right off of the fan. That person gave the card to my friend. My friend used it to play games and tried compensating for the missing fan by sticking a case fan underneath the card. That didn't work and damaged the card. My friend gave the card to me. This card showed artifacting right in the BIOS and could not even boot into windows.

As the card was trash anyway, I disassembled it. Just in case the "oven-trick" actually worked I wanted the fan to be able to cool the card down. Unfortunately, after disassembling the card I found that the 8800 GT fan has a unique design; it fits into the cooler and blows air both toward the card and through the vents. Small fans I have lying around are not the right size and shape. I replaced all of the fan blades by hand with pieces of zip-tie cut to the same length as the original blades. Attached them with bonding glue.

I then baked the video card in the oven for 8 minutes at 380 degrees. I let it cool off for 30 minutes, reassembled it, and tried it out. It showed no artifacting and booted right into windows. First I tried Titan Quest, then I tried Crysis. So far, no problems. The only issue is that the repaired fan does not work as well as it did originally as the new blades are heavier and create more drag. I have to turn the fan up to 100 percent to get the card to idle at 45 - 47 C. However, as I've found from reading articles online, the original fan was not much better.

However, if anyone has a dead 8800 GT / 9800 GT reference card with the fan in tact... I'd be interested in the fan alone.

I'm going to leave the card in a system and I will leave that system on for a few days, just to see if it lasts.

That has got to be one of the best/funniest ghetto rigging mods I have seen biggrin.gif

and sorry for replying to this super old thread, I wasn't the first though ;x
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Originally Posted by Gigalisk;12024662 
The only part i would be wary of is if there is some stray solder that crosses a circuit on the PCB. That would be dire.

This exactly what happened to Innotim a few pages earlier in this thread. You have about a 50/50 shot of either fixing it or creating a short.
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That has got to be one of the best/funniest ghetto rigging mods I have seen biggrin.gif
It still works too.
    
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I do this every couple of weeks. lol frown.gif
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is there any danger in baking the cards? i mean in fumes and stuff.. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Joki;12113453 
is there any danger in baking the cards? i mean in fumes and stuff.. smile.gif

If you get fumes I think you did it wrong. And, your card is screwed. lol
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wait can someone explain to me the logic behind baking a video card to get rid of artifacts?
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Location - Ireland
My card - BFG 8800 GTS 512 OC
Operating system - Windows 7 x64 bit

Did the oven method. card now works 100%

heres some pics.

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I renamed my computer "Phonix"

some info,

Got yellow dots and $$$ symbols during boot.
Windows stuck in 800x600 mode
No Direct3D support,, = No games work, no screen saver, no win7 themes.

I had restarted the computer that many times when the card died, that it had courpted windows files. so after i did oven method, i still thought my card was dead. As no games would run even tho the odd symbols and screen was back to 1280x1024. As a test i installed win7 again on another partition on my harddrive and everything was working perfect. So now all i have to do is copy files over to the new partition and im sorted. Everythings back up and running 100%

THIS METHOD WORKS !!!
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hi guys. just used this method on a 8600m gs from a FS Amilio xi2528 that had artefacts and froze. it works like a charm now. But for how long does this work for?
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Originally Posted by luckypunk;12115569 
wait can someone explain to me the logic behind baking a video card to get rid of artifacts?

Okay, the misunderstanding that a lot of people have is that artifacts are ALWAYS caused by a defective GPU core (the actual chip). If the GPU core was defective, the card would probably not work at all.

However, if the microscopic soldering connections break, you get all kinds of errors. Artifacting, blue-screen, etc.

Usually artifacts are caused by breaks in the solder due to temperature fluctuations. You bake the card to duplicate the factory manufacturing process that soldered the parts to the card to begin with. It sort of re-seats the solder connections.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. If the actual memory is damaged, it won't work. If the actual GPU is damaged, it won't work. If there are bad capacitors, it won't work (though those can be replaced).
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Originally Posted by Joki;12126283 
hi guys. just used this method on a 8600m gs from a FS Amilio xi2528 that had artefacts and froze. it works like a charm now. But for how long does this work for?

If you do not find a way to run it significantly cooler than you were before, it will probably only last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Once you re-solder anything with solder that has already been used once, that solder is usually weaker and more likely to break.
Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 1/24/11 at 1:47pm
    
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