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Here's the situation.

Earlier this week, I picked up an Asus EN8800GT from my friend.
It came with Asus' own blue PCB and a the Glaciator cooler.

Now, this Glaciator cooler looks cool and all with the shiny copper-coloured fins and stuff, but the fan used is a cheap piece of crap.

A sleeve bearing one to be exact, made by Everflow.
Everflow isn't the best brand for fans, as many people experienced with the 'OEM variety' of fans will know, but their ball bearing products are decent.

So here goes.

I got the card from my friend for free. I was told it was artifacting, and he showed me pictures of it.

True enough, there were odd lines and fuzzy grey rectangles all over the screen.

The problem is this.

The fan on the card had failed. One night, it just stopped turning. The heatsink got so hot that it melted the fan assembly. He was asleep when this happened, and woke up the next morning to a rather 'colourful' screen.

So I want to fix this thing, but I don't have an oven.
How should I go about employing the "self-bake" method?

Is it absolutely necessary to put this card in a motherboard that has a secondary PCIe slot, or can I just use it as the main display card in a motherboard that has only one PCIe slot?
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No oven?
It'll be really difficult as you have to regulate the temperature, but you could try do it on the BBQ by wrapping it in foil (heat sink off , of course) put it in a pan and cooking it.
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I don't have an oven, and I don't have a BBQ either, so self-bake is the only way to go.

The only 'heat gun' I have is a hair dryer. And that's not very hot either.
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The only way to self bake would mean that the card has to be atleast semi functional so it can heat up.

Edit: It is semi functional. Yeah use a primary GPU that is working or use the integrated. place the defective card in without the heat sink and let it sweat. Ive also heard that pushing down on parts of the card when it gets hot can also help to bridge the connection.

Although Ive also heard of people completely bricking their cards like this.
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Okay, I've got that covered. Going to use a friend's rig to 'bake' it since his motherboard has an IGP and none of my boards have.

Tell me the chip won't fall out when I'm baking it... Or that the solder is going to flow to another location. ><

This is the first time I'm baking, but I solder quite a bit of stuff as a hobby, and parts tend to fall right off the project board when the solder lead is heated and fluid, so I'm just scared that the ball solder will turn all liquid and the chip will fall off.
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Okay, I've got that covered. Going to use a friend's rig to 'bake' it since his motherboard has an IGP and none of my boards have.

Tell me the chip won't fall out when I'm baking it... Or that the solder is going to flow to another location. ><

This is the first time I'm baking, but I solder quite a bit of stuff as a hobby, and parts tend to fall right off the project board when the solder lead is heated and fluid, so I'm just scared that the ball solder will turn all liquid and the chip will fall off.
That is why you dont wanna heat it up too much, you dont want the solder to turn completely to liquid. Normally itll start smoking before it falls apart.

It is also safer to do shorter sessions but more of them, so rather than doing one 30 min heat up, do 4 sets of 5 minutes. But it differs immensely from card to card so just watch it as your doing it.
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Okay, I've got that covered. Going to use a friend's rig to 'bake' it since his motherboard has an IGP and none of my boards have.

Tell me the chip won't fall out when I'm baking it... Or that the solder is going to flow to another location. ><

This is the first time I'm baking, but I solder quite a bit of stuff as a hobby, and parts tend to fall right off the project board when the solder lead is heated and fluid, so I'm just scared that the ball solder will turn all liquid and the chip will fall off.
You wouldn't want to heat it too much. You should heat it using a trial and error method based upon how long it would take for it to work. But baking is only a temporary fix, if the card is subjected to high temps for a long time the solder cracks up again.
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Well, then I'll have to wait till someone who's done this with an 8800GT to know how long I should heat it up for, and then let it go.

I think the safest bet would be to do this without an OS?

Just boot it and go into the BIOS, which makes shutting off the computer easy and no risk of data loss.
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You wouldn't want to heat it too much. You should heat it using a trial and error method based upon how long it would take for it to work. But baking is only a temporary fix, if the card is subjected to high temps for a long time the solder cracks up again.
Won't let that happen - instead of getting another cooler I'm zipping an 80mm fan to the existing heatsink so that it gets plenty of airflow.
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