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09-02-2009 06:10 AM  8 years agoPost 1
JJMAN (RIP)

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The video card on my Dell laptop that I run realflight on quit working 2 days ago, all I would get is a black screen with a couple of blue squares. Turns out, this particular video card is hard to get, which makes it expensive, $450 for a re-manufactured one.

So I had 2 options, pay the outrageous price for a 2nd hand card or just buy a new laptop.

I removed the card and stripped everything off until just the board remained, didnt see anything wrong visually with it so I figured one of the many small solders on the board had some sort of heat stress and needed reflowed.

Nothing else to lose, I heated the oven to 400 degrees, placed it on a cookie sheet supported by 4 small balls of Aluminum foil and then baked it for 10 minutes and let it cool inplace.

The wife thought I was nuts.

I reassembled everything, turned the computer on and it booted up perfectly, no problems, everything works again.

Amazing!

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09-02-2009 06:12 AM  8 years agoPost 2
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Awsome!
Glad it worked for ya! I will have to remember that one!

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09-02-2009 06:13 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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So let me get this straight:

You pulled out a NON WORKING Video card, baked it in the oven, put it back in the computer and now it works?

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09-02-2009 06:14 AM  8 years agoPost 4
JJMAN (RIP)

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Yep.

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09-02-2009 06:15 AM  8 years agoPost 5
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Think that will work for my XBOX 360?

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09-02-2009 06:18 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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Dont know.

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09-02-2009 06:31 AM  8 years agoPost 7
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Actually this reminds of the "Towel Trick" for the red ring of deatho n XBOX 360s. I had a friend whose system that fell prey to the RROD and I had read on that towel method. I mentioned it to him, since he had nothing lose (same as you) he gave it a shot. Last I heard it was still running. I know for a fact that using that method, he got it to work for at least 6 months after the initial failure. I was simple amazed at how many people had success with this process as it goes against just about everything I know about computer systems. Cooling = good, so wrapping it in a towel to overheat it seemed insane.

DOOD if your feeling experimental here is a youTube vid showing how to do it. (All you do is wrap a towel around it and fire it up)

NOW IF YOUR SYSTEM IS NOT FAILING DUE TO THE RROD FAILURE (google it, it is well-documented) THEN DO NOT DO THIS.

Watch at YouTube

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09-02-2009 07:20 AM  8 years agoPost 8
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Was it tasty? I hear video cards with ketchup on them is awesome.

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09-02-2009 06:41 PM  8 years agoPost 9
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Here is why it worked.....

either there was a cold solder joint on some component and heating it up allowed the solder to flow and complete the joint

or

there was some moisture on the board causing an intermittant short....heating it allowed the moisture to evaporate.

CB

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09-02-2009 10:18 PM  8 years agoPost 10
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Thanks CB. That is similar to the issues with the XBOX. I was just too lazy to get into the reasons why/

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09-03-2009 12:22 AM  8 years agoPost 11
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I actually bought a used and broken 360. I fixed it and flashed the dvd drive so now I have a working 360 that plays backup games for around $100.

For what it's worth, don't do the towel trick. It's not permanent at all. Instead do the x-clamp mod as it is sorta permanent.

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