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*Note: I mixed up static electricity with short circuit... sorry.*

TL;DR I screwed a card (static electricity caused by a screw that has fallen over the GPU while the PC was on). Should I try to use it again? If I bought another GPU and used it over the same PCIE2.0 slot will it do any harm to the new GPU?

v Pic of how the screw fallen into the GPU.

No "burned" parts at all, or black spots.

So I was trying to mount up a fan in top of the case (while the pc was off), and somehow I managed it... and there was a loose screw.

While the PC was on, the screw had fall off just right into the graphic card top, causing an epic spark which lead the PC to turn off immediately. I ****ted my pants for few minutes thinking I've screwed the WHOLE PC.

So I started taking out pieces, I took out the RAM, GPU, and removed HDD wires, and thank godness that the PC worked.

I inserted the RAM, PC worked fine. Put back HDD's wires, PC worked fine.

I inserted the GPU in, and BOOF, a little spark and turned off. At this point, another brix of **** has been ****ted.

I'm pretty sure the GPU is dead, right? No use to use it again or to try?

Anyways, my question is, is there a chance that the PCIE-2.0 slot could damage a new GPU if it was inserted in?

I don't want to spend 200$ on a new one just to kill it.

And I think thats it, teh GPU's is dead, aha?
Edited by SpiLoT - 2/12/11 at 12:56am
    
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post #2 of 11
yea seems gpu is dead try bake or rma?
i doubt the slot will damage a new gpu unless it has metal shavings inside
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i understand your frustration, your sig rig suggests you don't have the money to replace the whole PC.
The PCIE express slot should be fine, as the GPU itself is the issue, and if the PC is booting up there is clearly no motherboard damage.
Do you have a cheapo GPU to test it with?
i can 99.9999999% assure you that the PCIE slot is fine.

for the PCIE slot, try looking into it for burn marks or the like. if not, it's fine. Also, it looks like that screw hit the part of the PCB that deals with the DVI ports, it might be salvageable via baking.
i also see black burn marks on the PCIE connector on that GPU? can you confirm that it's not a trick of the light?

Also, how do you know it's static. you could of just shorted the GPU out. again bake it.
Edited by SpeedNuggeT - 1/5/11 at 1:23am
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Just so you know this has zero to do with static electric. This was straight up moving electricity, as in moving through that short you just caused with your conductive, metal screw.

This is why you turn off the PC when you are going to work on it. Sounds like you killed the video card. RMA time. Do NOT tell them how it died, just tell them you get no video and you need a new one.
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Also, how do you know it's static. you could of just shorted the GPU out. again bake it.
As I said, it was not static electricity, it was obviously a short. Metal screw falls on card, card sparks, machine shuts down, now no video. Baking only helps when the solder points on the gpu start to break down, that is not what happened here. Baking will not work.

If he is under warranty he needs to RMA, otherwise he is SOL.
Edited by Mygaffer - 1/5/11 at 1:38am
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i understand your frustration, your sig rig suggests you don't have the money to replace the whole PC.
The PCIE express slot should be fine, as the GPU itself is the issue, and if the PC is booting up there is clearly no motherboard damage.
Do you have a cheapo GPU to test it with?
i can 99.9999999% assure you that the PCIE slot is fine.

for the PCIE slot, try looking into it for burn marks or the like. if not, it's fine. Also, it looks like that screw hit the part of the PCB that deals with the DVI ports, it might be salvageable via baking.
i also see black burn marks on the PCIE connector on that GPU? can you confirm that it's not a trick of the light?

Also, how do you know it's static. you could of just shorted the GPU out. again bake it.
Sadly after the death of my gts250, ATIx550 was only the available one (though I'm going to get a gtx460 when my reseller gets the package) which is why I'm afraid of using it on the same motherboard.

Oh and the black mark on the PCIE connector a trick of light.


Anyways, I'm goin to bake it and see if it helps.
Thanks for teh help.


[-edit-]

Just read Mygaffer's post. Heh, well then, that sums it up. It's dead.
RMA is not possible, card is old (2007), and I don't live in the US. xD

Anyways, I'd better go and google what's static and short is xD.
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post #6 of 11
if the connector isn't burnt, the Slot isnt burned. your PCIE slot is fine if the GPU itself is fine
Also, don't bother baking it, just try your X550 or whatever it is . your slot is fine, since the connector is fine.
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Baking only helps when the solder points on the gpu start to break down, that is not what happened here. Baking will not work.

If he is under warranty he needs to RMA, otherwise he is SOL.
I have to agree with this, i would be very surprised if baking works and might make getting an RMA harder.
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replacing that video card should not cost anywhere near $200..
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replacing that video card should not cost anywhere near $200..
Well, if I'd buy another card, I'm going for a gtx460/470, and since I'm not in the US, prices over here ain't cheap.
Anyways, thanks errbody, thought I'd had to change my mobo too.
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I whould buy a GTS450, nice speed boost without breaking the bank. a GTX460/GTX470 whould bottleneck on a pentium D, even if it was 4ghz )
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