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that seems extremely odd, considering that the heatsink presses on the GPU and if you overtighten that it would kill the gpu, not just the DVI ports.
But if it has happened before, i guess it can't hurt trying.
Every heatsink in existence has an ability to "press" on a heatspreader lid or die because it's leveraged against either a bare PCB or a backplate mounted to a PCB. There are tons of traces in the immediate vicinity of those mounting points, and over-tightening can cause problems with some cards depending on their layout/PCB quality.
post #22 of 55
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that seems extremely odd, considering that the heatsink presses on the GPU and if you overtighten that it would kill the gpu, not just the DVI ports.
But if it has happened before, i guess it can't hurt trying.
http://www.overclock.net/ati-cooling...70-review.html

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As you may have seen in other forums, this cooler is dangerous to install if you don't know the pressure for the X-plates (If you over-tighten it, the DVI ports have a high chance of being killed).
    
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it sounds to me like it has been damaged by static. I killed some ram a while back handling it the wrong way :s
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post #24 of 55
I had the exact same problem with my 5870 when I installed an aftermarket cooler. I was so ridiculously careful but somehow it still managed to die. If I were you I would just RMA it with the stock cooler attached.
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post #25 of 55
Pop the stock cooler on there and see if it works again or has the same problem. If the problem persists after replacing the stock cooler you must have shorted something when you installed the cooler.

You have to be really careful when doing this stuff. Have you ever removed a gpu heatsink?
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it sounds to me like it has been damaged by static. I killed some ram a while back handling it the wrong way :s
Static damage is actually really rare. I handle ram, motherboards, etc. everyday at the computer repair shop I work at and I have maybe once in the last three years zapped something. I'll touch a computer case if I'm picking up a new motherboard, but aside from that I don't take any precautions. We don't have carpet in the back area where we work, which helps keep down static buildup.
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post #26 of 55
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Pop the stock cooler on there and see if it works again or has the same problem. If the problem persists after replacing the stock cooler you must have shorted something when you installed the cooler.

You have to be really careful when doing this stuff. Have you ever removed a gpu heatsink?
did you not read the rest of the thread? We have already gone over what he might have done, and he has already tested the stock heatsink.
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did you not read the rest of the thread? We have already gone over what he might have done, and he has already tested the stock heatsink.
Guilty, I didn't read the rest of the thread.

So what happened, can you give a recap for the lazy people like me?
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post #28 of 55
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So what happened, can you give a recap for the lazy people like me?
Stock cooler and still no signal. Possibly killed DVI ports like other have with Zalman and AC coolers. He's gonna try HDMI and report back.
post #29 of 55
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Stock cooler and still no signal. Possibly killed DVI ports like other have with Zalman and AC coolers. He's gonna try HDMI and report back.
Thanks, I ended up reading the rest of the thread and it seems to me Thrasher is the troll. People with his attitude make OCN a less pleasant place to be.
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post #30 of 55
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sorry about that.
will take that into consideration next time.
All good bro.
It's weird how weak the PCB of the 5870s are, you make a small slip and boom the DVI ports die.
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