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Spilled Coffee on my Graphics Card - Need help please!

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Mobix, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Jetster

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    Do you turn the heat off on the dish washer?

    The reason I ask is its a pain to clean a MB. Sticking it in the washer would be nice in some cases
     
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    Yes you turn the heat off
     
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    i know that nvidia cards put out a lot of heat, but using one to warm your coffee is just insulting (to the coffee)


    as others have said - you need to clean it and have it dry. heat is bad, as is powering it up while still 'dirty'
     
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    lol. W1zzard taught me this :rolleyes:
    he does it too :roll:

    atfirst i was also like :shadedshu

    make sure that your PC is drained off of any charge. if the capacitors still have charge in them, it WILL short when you put it in the washer.
     
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    Most motherboard caps don't hold enough to keep a charge more than a couple seconds, internal resistance helps with this. Just an FYI.

    Definitely make sure to take out the clock battery if you're doing a mobo though. :)
     
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    Isn't the stained sticker kind of a giveaway?
     
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    It doesn't need to be powered. The oxygen in the atmosphere reacts with... oh nevermind. This is gradeschool chemistry. :rolleyes:
     
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    put the card in hot coal that wil fix it for sure!
     
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    i think is the PCI 16x connector on the motherboard that is full of coffe... You have to get a new motherboard sorry man
     
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    Go buy a gallon of deionized water and get a plastic tub and old tooth brush.


    Remove the cooler and give it a scrub.


    When done give it a few shakes and either put it in the oven on some tinfoil for a couple hours at 180F to dry it or use a hairdryer. Reapply thermal compound and reattach cooler.
     
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    Nothing will happen. Just take some Isopropyl Alcohol and clean the PCB. No need to remove the heatsink. The Coffee stain will go with the IPA. Then check you card and let us know.
     
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    deionsed water? that even exist? lol. cause as soon as you expose it to the atmosphere it will get ionised. lol.

    and the sticker wont be stained if you dont scrub on the sticker. nothing happens. i have washed my GTS 450, my old 4650 and a friends 5450 before. they are all cool.

    just use water that is pure water, not salty hard water or iron rich water. in that case its best if you can get some distilled water.
     
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    Will removing the stained sticker void your warranty?
     
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    Removal and or Defacing of Serial/Part number sticker(s) on ANY EVGA products WILL void ALL warranties. All products ship from EVGA with a serial sticker. I'm guessing that's a yes
     
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    Never considered putting pc parts in the dishwasher:laugh:
    I learn something new everday:toast:
     
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    any progress? maybe you should just send it to EVGA as it is.
     
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    I say get some denatured alcohol. It's cheap (as little as $7 a quart), is stronger than isopropyl, leaves no residue, and evaporates much quicker. Along with that (if you don't already have them) you can get a small fine bristle paint brush or foam trim brush and a good rag to clean and blot. All can be had at your local woodworking or DIY home store.

    The key thing is carefully cleaning around that which needs to remain undamaged.
     
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    I would leave that sticker alone, don't even get it wet, period. It looks like the digits and bar code are still legible, you want to keep it that way.

    And again, denatured alcohol is better than isopropyl. It's pure with nothing to leave a residue. Also, spray cleaners are convenient, but they can also cause spray to go where you don't want it to.
     
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    Think he meant distilled water.

    But yeah buy some gallon jugs of Distilled water, warm it up a little, take apart the card and scrub way with a soft toothbrush.

    If air drying let it dry for a good 48+ hrs.
     

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