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Today on cooking with GPUs 
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 Today on cooking with GPUs
So a few months back my primary GPU (gForce 8800GT) croaked. Computer wouldn't boot with the card installed. So I pulled it out and ran on my secondary 7300GT alone. I ran like this for a while but got the itch to start playing games again, and the 7300GT just wasn't cutting it.

So after doing a little google searching I realized that a common failure point on the 8800GT is bad solder joints, and a few people have fixed their cards by reheating/reflowing the solder.

So I disassembled my 8800GT and stuck it on a makeshift tray on top of a cookie sheet. Preheated the oven (How do you preheat something?) to 385°F (The most commonly used soldering technique, called soft soldering, has a melting point of 370°-380°F) and stuck it in the oven for 8 minutes.

After baking the card I reassembled it, installed it into my Mac and it booted right up! :) I fired up Skyrim and ran it for half an hour to test it out. Everything ran perfect! I then remembered that I forgot to add thermal paste onto the core and quickly pulled the card back out of the system. :oops:

Been playing Dead Island on it for a couple weeks now and everything seems to be running just great!

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Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:27 am
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Post Re: Today on cooking with GPUs
ha!. awesome. way to save yourself a couple hundred bucks!

this reminds me of the old iphone 3g i had for 4.5 years. two years into the ownership, i purchased a replacement battery. only during installing it, found out one of the screw inside was stripped. so i went to the garage and busted out my dremel and grinded down the stripped screw until it disappeared. got 2.5 more years out of that old 3g iphone until the wifi moduel, and the 3g celluar moduel finally gave out last month.

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Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:33 am
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What else can you say about NVidia cards. You can run over em with a bulldozer, throw em against the wall, bitch slap em and pee on them and they keep on coming back.


Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:48 pm
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Comixion wrote:
What else can you say about NVidia cards. You can run over em with a bulldozer, throw em against the wall, bitch slap em and pee on them and they keep on coming back.


That being said, I still would have preferred nvidia used a more robust soldering technique the first time.

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Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:39 am
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Speaking of old nvidia cards. Are they original purchases and do you have lifetime warranties on them? Just wondering since I know evga used to offer the lifetime warranty.


Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:06 pm
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Comixion wrote:
Speaking of old nvidia cards. Are they original purchases and do you have lifetime warranties on them? Just wondering since I know evga used to offer the lifetime warranty.


Good question. Mine was a reference board purchased straight from nvidia. They may have had a warranty, but probably not anymore ;)

-Starts looking for his "I void warranties" t-shirt-

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Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:33 am
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UPDATE: Well, the card gave up the ghost again early this week. I decided not to try and bake it again and instead ordered a Radeon 5770 on ebay to be flashed with a Mac ROM. Although I hear that lately PC cards don't need to be flashed anymore to work in the Mac. We'll see.

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