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 Post subject: easy bake frame fix.
PostPosted: 21 Jul 2011, 02:11 

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http://lifehacker.com/5823227/save-dying-video-cards-with-a-quick-bake-in-the-oven

The science behind this simple: often, video cards fail due to loosening solder joints. Thus, an oven is the perfect savior: by heating those joints back up, they'll turn to liquid and melt back together, giving your card another shot at life.

I suppose its worth a try.


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 Post subject: Re: easy bake frame fix.
PostPosted: 21 Jul 2011, 11:04 
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Yes, it works in some cases, but if not careful enough you can have a baked video card for diner :P

You may also have luck using a hairdryer and/or any other device that can provide enough directed heat...

More reliable way is to use a resoldering station with a heat gun and/or infrared rework station to properly heat only the possibly problematic chips. Of course not everyone has one of these at home, but if you have a friend that is into hardware hacking/repairing you may get lucky.

Have in mind that this solution may work only half of the times and even if it works it may be just for a while, before you get the video card to fail again with the same problem... still you may get a few extra months usage. It is good after you repair the video card this way to also make sure the cooling solution is in top condition - changing the thermal paste/thermal pads, removing the dust, oiling the fan(s) if needed etc. You may also think about getting a more efficient cooling solution as the main reason for half of the issues is the card overheating or staying very hot for longer periods of time.


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