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The other day I took the cooler off my reference HIS 5850 to replace thermal paste. All went well when I put it back in, and it dropped the temps by a few degrees.

It booted that once right after re doing the TIM.... I gamed on it all night with both video cards installed and shut it off at the end of the night.

the next day I came home my computer would not boot. It would come up but nothing came onscreen.

I took out my video cards and booted on the single XFX card without issue. Put the single HIS card in and nothing... I figured crap I fried my card. Out of desperation I took the cooler off again and redid the thermal paste again and bingo... it works.

Put everything back together setup my xfire again and it has been perfect. Rebooted 5 or 6 times and no problems to speak of.

I guess I will see if its going to boot when I get home tonight.


Anyone have a guess at what happened?
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Maybe not mounted properly in the PCI slot, wiggled it self loose and you fixed it when you put it back in?
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Maybe not mounted properly in the PCI slot, wiggled it self loose and you fixed it when you put it back in?
I was wondering that actually. My case has a tool-less hold down system for cards that does not hold heavy cards worth a crap. I actually put screws in to hold them last night just to be safe.
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My case has a tool-less hold down system for cards that does not hold heavy cards worth a crap.
Yeah, that may be the case
    
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Yeah, that may be the case
I did move the slot it was in though.... It was on the bottom and I moved it up after I removed the top card to test it. Now that I think about this I would say no thats not the issue because it moved slots and still did not work.
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post #6 of 9
Could you have grounded the cooler to the card? Maybe the heat of the card loosened / tightened one of the screws and the cooler ground itself to the PCB on the card.
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Check your PSU they can be quite touchy sometimes. I know yours is a quality PSU but that is the first place anyone should check when your PC won't post at all.
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What thermal paste did you use? Was it conductive? You could have shorted your card.
    
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What thermal paste did you use? Was it conductive? You could have shorted your card.
I used OCZ Freeze. Is that a problem? The thermal paste that was on the card to begin with was grey not white, so I would guess it was conductive too

EDIT: Just saw on ocz website.... Freeze is non conductive.
Edited by killeraxemannic - 2/9/11 at 11:39am
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