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Education I didn't invent this miracle fix but I still need to share it

Discussion in 'General' started by knuck, 9 Nov 2011.

  1. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    Fixed that for you. :thumb:
     
  2. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    I thought your name was PowerGlove Boy? Well done for having the balls to do this though.
     
  3. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    awesome :rock:


    meh, it was either this or try-nothing-and-get-nothing

    ;)
     
  4. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    I've got a dead HD4870, I wonder if it's worth giving this a try. I'm only going to throw it out otherwise...
     
  5. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    What's the problem ? If you have "fixed" artifacts (memory glitches) then it won't help.
     
  6. Lord Xeb

    Lord Xeb Derka Derpa Derka Derp

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    I baked a few graphics cards back to life, same with Xbox 360s (except the final revision before the slims)
     
  7. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    Mine never artifacted, it just went way too hot one day due to a badly arranged case (crossfire troubles) and then refused to boot after that. It got to about 95 degrees, which is far hotter than it's ever gotten before. I can't see that it would have damaged the GPU at those temps, though, so baking might be in order.
     
  8. xXSebaSXx

    xXSebaSXx Active Member

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    You guys need to find your way to this place: The oven trick. We have hundreds of success stories of "Baked" GPUs, motherboards, etc.

    :D
     
  9. Unicorn

    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    Ah, gotcha :thumb: Sorry, I took your comment quite literally ;)

    Hah, well that's true. I have used the heat gun on several consoles for a quick fix. Sometimes it's very effective but I still feel much more comfortable using the Heller!

    It's not difficult if you have the required equipment. It's extremely fiddly, so you need to have the patience for focussing on a 10cm square on a bench for about half an hour at a time. There are several tutorials online, but it's an expensive process. The templates, the solder balls, the flux and the small hand tools are not that expensive. The reflow stations for removing and reflowing BGAs though, run into the thousands of pounds. I don't have one, again I use a station at the electronics plant up the road for it, or just put it into the Heller oven and reflow the whole board. That's not preferable though, you really want the reflow station so that you can concentrate the heat on the particular BGA that you are working on.

    Basically what you need is the following:

    Liquid/paste flux
    Spludger, tweezers, small brush
    Solder balls of the right diameter
    BGA template to suit your chip
    Solder mop braid
    Rework station/temp controlled soldering station
    Reflow station

    Holy crap, you're back! Haven't seen you around in ages :eek:
     
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  10. Tribble

    Tribble Steals Avatars

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    i might try this with an old 8800 gts i have sitting around, it died after being stored for a few months.
     
  11. dark_avenger

    dark_avenger Well-Known Member

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    Did something similar with a Samsung 30" monitor a few weeks back, used the heat gun to do it thu. Has been working fine for a month+ since :D
     
  12. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    sooo, what temp-times did you use?
     
  13. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    8 minutes @330F (pre-heated)
     
  14. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    Is that the same for fan-assisted ovens? :lol:

    (Seriously, though, my oven is fan-assisted and I don't want to melt my graphics card into a hideous acrid blob.)
     
  15. SMIFFYDUDE

    SMIFFYDUDE Supermodders on my D

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    Whenever I use the oven my sister automatically assumes i'm cooking cards.

    Please post pics if it does end up like this.
     
  16. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    Oh, I will.

    I'm waiting for my mum to be out of the house, so I don't have the dual shame of (literally) frying a graphics card AND having my own mother realise she's now surpassed me in computer wisdom.
     
  17. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Did this with my Xbox 360 and it fixed the rrod for about a month.
     
  18. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    By the way, you'll need some febreeze because there is a chance it'll smell like hell. There was glue on the board from several stickers that were indicating which port was what (ddr2, wlan etc) and the smell from the molten glue was quite strong in the house
     

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