Phoenix Your Video Card (5 pics)

Posted in WTF   15 Jun 2012   / 6623 views  

If your video card is dead bake it and it will be reborn.



Comments (6):

a 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yeah, did this with mine. It worked but, the effect was temporary. Lasted about a month.
Female 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Its the same thing with a heat gun, but the heat gun is safer.
Still it will be temporary.
bob 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Temporary is long enough to order a new card.
Samjatin 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Did this two times with a GTS8800. Worked like a charm.
NM 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
If you're getting artifacts and odd colors on your screen and your card is dying, it's likely due to excessive heat buildup in the first place. I would run GPUZ to see the temps, and if they're high (I consider 80c+ high) under load or you can't see them at all because your screen is such a mess, try removing the fan shroud, fans, and heatsink. Then clean the thermal paste off the gpu itself and the heatspreader on the base of the heatsink. Then reapply a NON-CONDUCTIVE, NON-CAPACITIVE thermal paste. Tuniq makes a couple reliable ones.
You'll learn about how to fix your components and if it doesn't work, or you break something you aren't out any money.
Life 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
The reason for the failure is due to a less than solid solder joint on one of the chips, either ram or the CPU. Most modern chips uses BGA due to the size/denisty. The downside is that it is nearly impossible to really inspect at the factory. Also add that BGA is very sensitive to rate of expansion of dissimialar materials; the chip and the computer board expand at different rates. This was the major cause of the first generation Xboxes dying. Heating up the assembly in the oven MAY cause the solder to re-melt and re-bond, but with out flux (which was cooked off during the initial solder flow) it will never be near initial quality. The best of fixes is to remove the chip an re-solder to the pc board, which is difficult even when you have the tools.

Run it through the oven when you have nothing else to lose (it doesn't work anyways) and you make sure that it reaches the melting point. Lead based solder melted at at least 361F, the new lead free, you have to know what chemistry they used to know the minimum temp (200 C may be too little). The fun part, the PC board does not like anything pas 250F for too long (it will burn or blister)