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How to "bake" your graphic card

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I've got a 4870X2 to try this out on.
 

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Lol it sounds extreme, but well it'd be worth a try if the card'd be going in the bin nonetheless - there'd be nothing to lose except a slight increase in the electricity bill...

Pity the baking doesn't self-clean the oven... (if you seen the photos you know what I mean ;))
 
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LOL, i bought me a 8800 GTX off fleabay for cheap, just to try this out. Will post up when it arrives and with results.
 

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Did you buy that one from powerdown?

good luck!
Yeah it seems its a problem with how the power is supplied to the card. It says that there is no power from the PCI-E 8 pin connector.
 
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Ahh, check for scratches aswell then, as even a scratch can break the circuit enough.

I'm sure you've checked if you managed to find where the problem is though.
 
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Anybody knows if this works yet?
 
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Anybody knows if this works yet?

Yes and no, it may not work at all, but if the reason your card is not working is some sort of solder damage then yes it may work.
 

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so it was you who bought that 8800GTX for $19.99, definitely tell me how it works since he still has 9 of the cards left;)
Not before I buy one more after it hopefully works:laugh:

If it works i'll start a new thread:toast:

BTW that the exact one i bought, from c****infi**y.
 

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The likelihood is that it melts 'broken points' sufficiently for them to spread and get 'soldered' back together.

Ie it will work only if there are broken points on your card.
If there's some other fault it won't work.

Which makes me think, before you try such methods there are ways to test whether your hardware's got 'broken points'...

Personally I use this product:

You spray holding the can upside down on the powered-on hardware and the condensation immediately shows you where the circuit is broken.

 

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The likelihood is that it melts 'broken points' sufficiently for them to spread and get 'soldered' back together.

Ie it will work only if there are broken points on your card.
If there's some other fault it won't work.

Which makes me think, before you try such methods there are ways to test whether your hardware's got 'broken points'...

Personally I use this product:

You spray holding the can upside down on the powered-on hardware and the condensation immediately shows you where the circuit is broken.

http://img.techpowerup.org/091128/Untitled306.jpg
Nice, I have a couple of non working 775 mobo's laying around. Im gonna search for this product.
Great stuff:toast:
 
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this is pretty old I remember I tried it on an old HD3850 and the card started working for 2 hours then broke again.;)
 

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this is pretty old I remember I tried it on an old HD3850 and the card started working for 2 hours then broke again.;)
Just like baking xbox 360s.
 

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Wow I actually didn't think it would do anything at all. It seems that the problem with this card was that the 8 pin power connector was broke and now sticking it in the oven fixed it. However the card is still broke. I've posted this message using it but the screen is all messed up. The card is covered in scratches and I've penciled them in as well as I can but it still is fooked. Nice to see this technique works though.
 

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Can't it's not recognised by gpu-z, catalyst control centre or anything for that matter. Also there isn't a backplate and the ram on the back gets mega hot. I got a blister touching the card trying to take it out. I'm not keen on investing on a better cooler for it especially if it's broken.
 
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Can't it's not recognised by gpu-z, catalyst control centre or anything for that matter. Also there isn't a backplate and the ram on the back gets mega hot. I got a blister touching the card trying to take it out. I'm not keen on investing on a better cooler for it especially if it's broken.
If its full screen artifacting I would try somehow to lower the ram speed/cool it down, ramsinks are cheap as chips, also you could try a bios flash ;)
 
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How any chips you need to cool I have some spare ramsinks.
 

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If its full screen artifacting I would try somehow to lower the ram speed/cool it down, ramsinks are cheap as chips, also you could try a bios flash ;)
Yeah I was thinking about that as well. How do I flash it again ? Although the ram chips on this are the same as my 4890 and they don't have a heatsink. The odd thing is the whole card gets blisteringly hot even parts that should be just warm after a few seconds are burning.
 
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Have you reseated the heatsink and repacedthermalpaste, checked thermal pads?
 

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Have you reseated the heatsink and repacedthermalpaste, checked thermal pads?
Yeah the heatsinks are definately making contact and there heating up. I've added a 120mm fan into the mix as well because one of the fans of the card is broke and another is missing.