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#1 Posted at 2010-08-28 09:07        
     
This is unbelievable. As many of you know my 8800 GTX called it a live some time ago already. So, after i figured out I had to save some money first I decided to see if i could somehow try to fix the card.
I found on the dutch site tweakers.net a topic informing people the 8000 cards are suffering from faulty production. The welding is done in a new way which is as you can call it, not the best new way.
Due to the heat the card produces the welding gets loose, causing little cracks in it which in the end will cause artifacts and your card to die.

Baking your card in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees celsius could fix the issue. Many people tried and many reported its working. So, after not having time for a few weeks last night I went to my mothers place (she has a gas oven which are the best for the process), bought an oven temp measuring thingy and started to work.

Today I put my GPU back in my PC, and it actually booted up again (which it did not do at all before). I am now looking at my windows desktop again.
I have yet still to try a game but first have to put the comp back in correct order.

Also, from all info I read I could be saved for a few months, but also only a few weeks, days or hours. Time will tell.
I just bake it again :-P

Anyway, here is the dutch topic:
http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1367618/1//nvidia,oven,bakken

Read it for yourself in English here:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?s=9748c8f7036eb39791db6b9a968d4f9f&p=1034145333#post1034145333


You can even fix your laptop as it uses the same kind of build in card.
Please note you do not put the whole laptop in the oven, just the main board. Same for the GPU, you have to strip it completely so you only have left the main unit without the heatsink, thermal pads etc on it!

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#2 Posted at 2010-08-28 09:14        
     
hmmmm, did you put your card in a dutch oven? :-D


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#3 Posted at 2010-08-28 09:43        
     
:-/



I will check the brand for you later the coming week ;-)

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#4 Posted at 2010-08-28 09:50        
     
WoW... the amazing thing that would fix just a simple problem these days in the tec world! haha

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Please note you do not put the whole laptop in the oven

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#5 Posted at 2010-08-28 14:07        
     
Congrats Fox! *BRAVO*

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#6 Posted at 2010-08-28 15:26        
     
:-D :-D crazy!


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#7 Posted at 2010-08-28 17:56        
     
And... did you try any games yet ?


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#8 Posted at 2010-08-28 18:27        
     
No time yet, have only been posting news, did shopping, did run 10k and eat something :-)

Added 3 hours 6 minutes later:

I started up a few games (BF and Arma 2 + OA) and saw no issues. But i did not play yet. First I want to install rivatuner to be able to increase the speed of the fan and check the temps.

But.........its working. Amazing stuff :-)

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#9 Posted at 2010-08-28 21:56        
     
Who would have thought :-)

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#10 Posted at 2010-08-29 14:40        
     
Ok, I have finally played my first OA missions. The card is performing just great. Since I had to take it apart I also saw by default there is a shitload of coolingpaste on the GPU. I removed it all before I started to bake it and I applied a really thin layer of Arctic silver 5. Running 20 degreed celsius less on idle now compared to temp from defaults.

Card is performing great in game, as if nothing happened :-)

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#11 Posted at 2010-08-29 15:23        
     
Congrats! Now you can enjoy the amazing BAF stuff!

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#12 Posted at 2010-08-29 17:32        
     
Crazy indeed.

But good to hear you're finally able to enjoy the game again.


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#13 Posted at 2010-08-29 22:37        
     
That's not unheard of. I recently repaired an Toshiba laptop for someone who's nvidia graphics chip overheated and became desoldered from the board. You are supposed to heat it up to 210 degrees F and then let it cool slowly. I did that and it worked fine. It's not that big of a deal. It's simply resoldering the pins.

There are video's on youtube about how to do it. That's where I learned it. First time and it worked perfectly.


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#14 Posted at 2010-12-28 18:54        
     
Well, it worked for 4 months exactly (2 more than most people experienced to my knowledge) but tonight when I came home it was foobared again.
Going to bake it again friday if I find the time.............and an oven (the old one was just thrown away) *WALL*

So, its back to the laptop and no more gamming (that is my famous sunday evening plays :-P ) till its sorted.

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#15 Posted at 2010-12-29 00:47        
     
LoL ... why dont you just buy a new Gcard now? your working 18 hours a day
are you not? so you should be rich by now, haha... *JOKINGLY*

Talking of Gcards, any ideas on the best one at a good price at the moment?
Im currently using the Nvidia GTS 250 ...

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