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Anyone Ever Tried 'BAKING' a dead Video Card?

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My brother gave me a 'dodgy' video card to have a look at.  It's an HIS HD6970.  Judging by the massive, and I mean MASSIVE amount of dust and crud I've removed from this card, I'd guess it's cooked from being overheated.

 

It will work long enough to boot a PC, but asked to do even a small amount of work, and the signal to the monitor stops completely.

 

Lots of YouTube vids about 'baking' them as a LAST RESORT!!!!

 

Anyone here had any success with it?  Sounds like a hoax to me, but there are lots of vids about it.

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It's worth of try. I baked few broken graphic cards (fortunately, not mine), sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

 

Just do not forget to remove plastic cover and fan  :lol:  :P .

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It's not a hoax. I've read about this on some forums dedicated to electronic repairs and even have done it to a Samsung 30" monitor T-Con board. It fixed the issue for a couple months but now am having the board replaced.  

 

As has already been stated, it may or may not work. 

 

Good luck.

 

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You can bake every PCB if you suspect problem is with cold solder joint. If problem is something else, baking will probably not help.

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Freezing it won't do anything... 

 

The idea behind baking it is to ever to slightly melt the solder points and to fill any possible breaks. 

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I tried it a couple of times, but it always fails when I put the chocolate frosting on...

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I tried it a couple of times, but it always fails when I put the chocolate frosting on...

 

 

You're not using the right frosting :)

 

My profile picture... Never happened.... 

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I used to have a small business on the side of buying broken xbox 360 consoles, and performing a "solder reflow" on them and selling them as working.

 

I had better luck with a butane torch over top of the chips to melt the solder joints below them. The problem with baking in the oven is, 1) you don't know what sort of poisons you are releasing into your oven and 2) there are plastic parts on the card that you don't want heated up as they will melt and also the caps can pop when heated 

 

If the card has any kind of value I would recommend finding someone that does laptop repairs and asking if they have a reflow station, if so take the card and let them do it. Shouldn't be more than $30. But as the poster above said it does depend on what is actually wrong with the card. the xbox's had a cooling problem and the cpu clamp put a slight bend in the motherboard so when it overheated the motherboard would bend and would break some of the solder connections.

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