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9800gtx dying... whats the alternative to oven baking?

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i was on the forum here a while ago and i saw some thread about how someone i think took off the heatsink and plugged the card in to heat up the gpu, and then the card started working again.

i cant find that thread, if anyone knows you can link it.

but my question is, how do i go about doing this non-oven baking method? is it as simple as taking off the heatsink and turning the card on? for how long do i have to keep it on?

(i was a fool and didnt think to register the video card to get the lifetime warranty)
post #2 of 6
Throwing it away.

Oven baking is the only way.

you could use a solder iron if you want, but the success rate is low.

EDIT: The card will not get hot enough during load, it needs something like 200C+
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Use a lighter, it works_ I rather not bake my cards in ovens,

Anyhow I have had a laptop GPU die on me(HPdv6700) with 8400m GS, and a few other desktop video cards, all I do is take the Video card and use the lighter to Heat up the GPU_

Do not directly contact the flame to the GPU, just put the GPU a good 1inch away from the Flame and move the flame in a circular motion around the entire GPU_ Do this for 30 seconds then let the GPU cool, then another 30 seconds and let it cool than a final last 20 seconds then let it cool_

After that you should be done, the GPU should be fairly hot to the touch so be careful not to burn yourself_ allow it to cool, reinstall everything and turn it all on_

It should work, this technique works for me 100 percent of the time, I've fixed a lot of peoples dead videocard this way_ it works wonders(without the risk of damaging the other components of the videocard, in example the VRAM, mosfets, or caps(because these parts do not need to get heated, just the GPU itself))

Please be careful and use common sense to do this to avoid burning up the GPU_


Another way is to use a Heatgun** This way I say is safer and works better in getting the GPU solder to reseat itself better.

I am not responsible for any damages**(Disclaimer)
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thats interesting, i think i will try the lighter method.

i heard that baking the card in the oven can release poisonous fumes, and food can get contaminated during baking of foods afterwards.
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Originally Posted by httuner;12874154 
Do not directly contact the flame to the GPU, just put the GPU a good 1inch away from the Flame and move the flame in a circular motion around the entire GPU_ Do this for 30 seconds then let the GPU cool, then another 30 seconds and let it cool than a final last 20 seconds then let it cool_

i took the card apart, and there is some thermal paste thats stuck around the diodes (or whatever they are called) that are located around the shiny chip. i cant seem to get them cleaned off

do i put the flame onto only the shiny part? or do i circle the flame around the diodes that are located around the shiny gpu as well?

and my second question for everyone: there was some sort of thermal paste tape that was attached to the other chips on the card, and im wondering if it would be ok to just use regular cpu thermal paste on them when i put the card back together again.
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i took the card apart, and there is some thermal paste thats stuck around the diodes (or whatever they are called) that are located around the shiny chip. i cant seem to get them cleaned off

do i put the flame onto only the shiny part? or do i circle the flame around the diodes that are located around the shiny gpu as well?

and my second question for everyone: there was some sort of thermal paste tape that was attached to the other chips on the card, and im wondering if it would be ok to just use regular cpu thermal paste on them when i put the card back together again.

Use rubbing alcohol, it should take that thermal paste right off(sometimes a bit of scrubbing will be needed, I usually use a Q-tip dip in alcohol and scrub it a bit hard to get all the old thermal paste off) or slightly scratch it with my nails lol.

Heat up the whole top part of the GPU, I usually heat up the shiny part and circle around the diodes that are located around the shiny gpu too(Basically the whole square of the GPU)(Just be more careful around these) - they can take quite a lot of heat, just don't burn them directly with the flame and you should be fine.

& to answer your question about the thermal tape, Just leave those thermal tape alone, if they are used to make contact with the Vram chips or mosfets of the videocard its because they provide a nice thick cushion to touch the item it is cooling to the heatsink(sometimes using thermal paste just doesn't provide this cushion to increase the contact to the heatsink, kinda hard to explain lol)

You can replace it with thermal paste if the heatsink makes good contact with the item it is cooling(But I highly recommend using NON-conductive Thermal paste for those items)
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