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Dead 8800 GTX scienced to undeath by oven, mad owner

Dead 8800 GTX scienced to undeath by oven, mad owner

mad_science“BRB, preheating oven.”

Thus were my words to Icrontic’s staff on Monday night. I had only been home from work for an hour and was planning on running some PhysX tests with my NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX. I currently main a Radeon HD 5770 because DirectX 11 is teh pwnage, but I keep my trusty 8800 GTX on standby as it still packs a punch, and it’s hip to the PhysX jive.

I swap GPUs as necessary, depending on what I want to do. Icrontic Gaming writer Chris White predicted that my card-swapping antics would eventually lead to failure. Unfortunately for me, Chris predicted the fate of my GPU, which happened only three hours later.

After installing my 8800 GTX on Monday night, I booted to a scrambled screen, then to a Windows 7 recovery screen. A similar thing had happened at our Oktoberfest event when I was swapping back from some Radeon HD 5870 testing, but a reboot fixed the issue and I paid it no mind. Like last time, a reboot seemed to fix the issue and I set about my business as usual.

Suddenly, after about 15 minutes of use, the screen scrambled into all-too-familiar colored blocks and lines. The GPU was fried. I performed a host of tests with no luck–my 8800 had seen its last polygon. Devastated and heartbroken (we geeks become attached to our hardware), I entered the staff chat to find comfort in friends. Upon explaining what had happened, Icrontic Tech writer Robert Hallock spoke first.

“Bake it in the oven,” he said to me. What in the world was he talking about?

“Bake the card in the oven,” he restated.

“…does that actually work?” I inquired.

“I wouldn’t be suggesting it if it didn’t,” he replied.

And with that, I was preheating the oven to 385°F.

It’s a piece of cake to bake a pretty… GPU

I have to admit, I was completely skeptical of this technique. I had lost video cards in the past (alas, poor Radeon 9700 Pro! I knew him, Icrontic!) and it was always an exercise in “trash n’ buy.” You don’t recover from a failure like this. But the Internets told stories of intrepid young gamers giving their dead GPUs to the inferno of an oven, and receiving working cards in return–literally baking a dead GPU like it was a potato. What could possibly go wrong?

Preparing the ingredients

Shield your eyes, kids. It's a naked 8800 GTX!

I had nothing to lose. I was ready to IDDQD my 8800 GTX, or die trying (in the ensuing fire that one must assume can only be produced by tossing an expensive piece of electronics into a receptacle reserved for making green bean casserole). The preparation was rather simple: Get that oven preheated to 385.

Wait a minute!

Let’s get serious for a moment and talk about this concept, and why it is not completely insane.

A video card’s many chips–especially the GPU–depend on each and every solder contact being 100% healthy. Unfortunately for video cards, they are regularly subjected to dramatic temperature changes that cause their PCBs to undergo thermal expansion and contraction, a process that can ultimately warp the board and cause hairline fractures in the contacts.

By baking the card at 385°F, you’re exposing the card to a constant and evenly-distributed amount of heat. It is just enough heat to soften up the solder (a process called “reflowing”) which, after setting, should reconnect every component and cause the card to function properly again… But it’s still an absurd thing to see and do.

And now back to baking…

To prepare the GPU, the large cooling assembly must be removed before baking. It’s a simple process with the 8800 GTX: There are a few silver screws on the bottom of the board, and two black screws on the end near the DVI ports. Once these are removed, the heatsink can be carefully worked away from the GPU and memory modules. A quick disconnect of the power cable for the fan, and you have yourself a nekkid 8800 GTX.

As a final step, you’ll want to clean off any remaining thermal compound on the GPU itself; this is best achieved with Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol.

This just isn't right

This just isn't right...

Next, rummage up baking pan. I layered mine with a clean sheet of aluminum foil just to ensure that no residue from cookies, potatoes, chicken nuggets, or Lord knows what else could possibly come into contact with my GPU.

Following that, roll up four small balls of aluminum foil–one for each corner–and set the GPU on top. Make sure the video card’s GPU is facing upwards! Now it’s time to get your bake on, soldier!

Place the GPU cake into the oven on the center rack, close it up, and set a timer for 10 minutes. I have to say, this step was one of the most difficult and awkward things I have ever done.

Placing a near and dear piece of hardware that once cost me $550 into a frigging oven just feels wrong. Like playing Half-Life on the Xbox wrong. Like editing in Windows Movie Maker wrong. Like bringing Natty Boh (Ed: Lonestar?) to a party wrong.

After ten painstaking minutes elapse, remove the GPU from the oven (careful: contents are hot). Set the GPU cake on the counter and let it cool over night.

In the interim, you’ll notice a very interesting new smell filling your kitchen. No worries though, as the 8800 GTX is RoHS compliant! Feel free to safely enjoy the savory scents of a baked GPU!

I left a note for my relatives to not touch my cake in the morning. At the bottom, in small lettering, it read: “Also yes, I did, in fact, bake my graphics card in our oven last night. Fear not, it is for SCIENCE!

Serve with icecream

The following morning was the moment of truth. I brought the GPU back into my computer room to frost the cake with Arctic Silver; once the icing was on, I re-mounted the cooling assembly and secured the screws. It was now time to install the baked 8800 GTX and see if the cake was a lie (I am so, so sorry).

I installed the card, connected the PCIe connectors, turned on the PSU, and–after taking a deep breath and saying a prayer–pushed butan. The blower on the 8800 GTX spun to life, the motherboard yelped its POST, and like the phoenix rising from the ashes, my HP w2207 displayed the boot sequence. I had successfully resurrected my dead GeForce 8800 GTX by baking it in an oven.

It's aliiiiiiive!

Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive!

I write this piece on a display powered by that very 8800 GTX and I have had no problems in the last 24 hours of operation. I’ve gamed, browsed, rendered, and relaxed, and the card is completely stable.

My mind is blown. I would have never expected this to work. My 8800 GTX may now be a zombie, but it’s a happy zombie, and that makes me a happy Dr. Frankenstein.

Disclaimer: Engaging in a bake-off with computer components can be dangerous, can destroy your hardware, and will certainly void any and all warranties. Attempt at your own risk.

OM NOM NOM

OM NOM NOM.

Comments

  1. Dare
    Dare Awesome. Just, plain, awesome.
    The writing alone was worth the read. XD
  2. Gargoyle
    Gargoyle This article makes me hungry.
    In a related anecdote, a friend of mine tried the "towel trick" with his Xbox 360 after its output got garbled, and it sprung back to life, too.
  3. Butters
    Butters This article easily one of Icrontic's top 25 maybe even 20.
  4. photodude
    photodude I wonder if I should trying this baking trick with a laptop that has a malfunctioning usb port from a static discharge to the USB port...and/or the dvd/cd-rw that no longer reads CDs

    Questions, Questions, Questions
  5. septimus
    septimus I'm surprised the junk on the backside of the card didn't drop off. Kudos!

    btw, this method of reflowing works on laptop motherboards too
  6. primesuspect
    primesuspect Walt, you should just register already :D

    It takes about 35 seconds....
  7. photodude
    photodude @prime, Ok I joined....(too bad I can't link my past posts to the new profile)

    @septimus, Thanks for the tip...I'll put this to my list of questionable activities to do this winter.
  8. mas0n
    mas0n Excellent work, Bobby; a great read.
  9. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Welcome (officially) to Icrontic, photodude!

    Septimus - all the stickers are all brittle now, they hardly remain, but I was surprised myself to find them intact.

    If you're going to bake a lappy, make sure to remove all the plastic parts as possible. And the screen, obviously. The heat would probably do more harm than good unless you strip it down.

    Glad everyone is enjoying the piece, this was one of my favorites to write.
  10. Bandrik
    Bandrik You just HAD to throw in a Portal reference. For that, your card is going to commit seppuku to restore honor to your PC.

    ...but ranting aside, glad to hear it works. Between the excellent story and the mouth-watering epilogue photo... well done! Oops, that pun wasn't intended! Nooooooooooooooo!
  11. OrionGamer
    OrionGamer Superb Science.... XD

    hey just to wonder does not the PCB board melt>>>??

    I done the Towel Trick..... it worked and saved me £200
  12. Ace_Jambo
    Ace_Jambo Wow!!! I will have to try this on my 8800 GTS 640mb that broke a year back when i took the heat sync+fan off to clean it...

    Oh oh and i will also put in my reacently deceased HD 4870 that died on me last week after 15 Mins of playing borderlands... this is after a suck of the Dyson tho... again cleaning dust out of the Heat sync is a kIller of my cards!!!
  13. lolol
    lolol its good i found this article, otherwise my cousins dead laptop would still be sitting on the table i left it on 2 weeks ago, collecting dust. thank you septimus and bobby

    and btw, the humor in the article made me smile a few times (LOL-ing is a non-function)
  14. Thrax
    Thrax Vacuums generate massive static electricity as ionized dust particles rush across the plastic of the unit's attachments. Bad mojo. Better to use canned air.
  15. Ace_Jambo
    Ace_Jambo O right.. Thanks Thrax well im looking at a 5770 next with the option of a second next.... But one question.... Was this over fan-assisted?? 196C with a fan assisted wont melt the 2 cards il be baking in the morro?? :S
  16. primesuspect
    primesuspect
    photodude said:
    @prime, Ok I joined....(too bad I can't link my past posts to the new profile)
    What you get at Icrontic:

    Personal service. Lincoln (the dev) just went through and manually edited the DB so that your old posts came over to the new account.

    Welcome to our home :)
  17. Winga
    Winga That was awesome!!
    I've frozen a lot of hardware but never baked it
    Easy on the A1 sauce
  18. Tim
    Tim What's wrong with editing in Windows Movie Maker? I've been using it for 6-1/2 years and 159 episodes of my webshow, "Online Video" at www.loudmouthtim.com .
  19. GnomeQueen
    GnomeQueen Great write up, Bobby! Baking GPU cake seems to be very tasty.
  20. DrLiam
    DrLiam Wow, now that's what I call a PROTIP!
  21. BuddyJ
    BuddyJ
    Tim said:
    What's wrong with editing in Windows Movie Maker? I've been using it for 6-1/2 years and 159 episodes of my webshow, "Online Video" at www.loudmouthtim.com .
    Windows Movie Maker =
    image

    Lynx requires =
    image
  22. Gargoyle
    Gargoyle But Windows Movie Maker has three wheels. Clearly it's the better choice.
  23. primesuspect
    primesuspect ^ best possible answer

    10/10
  24. Linc
    Linc
    Butters said:
    This article easily one of Icrontic's top 25 maybe even 20.
    Which is saying something because Butters has been here longer than I have! :D
  25. Thrax
    Thrax
    Gargoyle said:
    But Windows Movie Maker has three wheels. Clearly it's the better choice.
    Three wheels works for millions of toddlers. They can't possibly be wrong.
  26. MJO
    MJO I did the same thing to my 8800 GTX back in june.
    Unfortunately without the pictures, I was in a bit of a hurry. :)
    But here is the thread.
    http://icrontic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83994

    [EDIT Link fixed, and BTW the gfx is still working fine, and it has been working fine in the five months since I attempted my bake-off. :)]
  27. Nick
    Nick I wish I would have known about this when my laptops gpu took a poop..I sold the laptop on ebay for real cheap and the person who bought it got it working in 12 hours.....even sent me a e-mail like he was taunting me.....lol.
  28. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx
    Buddy J said:
    Windows Movie Maker =
    image

    Lynx requires =
    image

    so, so true.

    So glad everyone is enjoying this piece. If you decide to have your own bake-off, do let us know how it turns out!

    And Winga - I agree. A well baked GPU will have enough intense flavoring that A1 will only detract from it. nom nom
  29. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx
    MJO said:
    I did the same thing to my 8800 GTX back in june.
    Unfortunately without the pictures, I was in a bit of a hurry. :)
    But here is the thread.
    http://icrontic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83994
    Oh yes, I remember. I'm hardly the first to do this (and n00bs on reddit have been calling me a hack, stealing the idea, ect). That was never the point. The point was to spin a web of the experience of my bake. The whole story was so asinine and absurd, it just had to be shared. If I'm telling a story, I might as well make it informative and functional. What a blast it was to do.
  30. gamerazor89
    gamerazor89 how about 8600gt? i have the same problem. can we used the same method to fix the prob?
  31. Shorty
    Shorty Bobby, this is currently circulating around my office. We are now deciding whether to try this with some dead Nokia Firewalls and a couple of 2960s.

    It's like a regular barbeque! :D

    Gamerazor89, theoretically, yes. Please note that Icrontic take no responsibility if you bake it too long and your mom tries to serve it for your dinner.
  32. photodude
    photodude
    UPSLynx said:
    If you're going to bake a lappy, make sure to remove all the plastic parts as possible.
    I'll be striping the laptop down to just the mainboard if I can..... I'm a little concerned about the plastic CPU mount and the various other plastic connectors on the board....but as it stands, it's functionally dead, so no harm in trying
    ______________

    It would be interesting to see some benchmarks from the Baked GPU, I wonder how they stack up vs the previous unbaked state? Did it restore function at the same specs, or could baking cause a performance hit?
  33. ido
    ido nice one!
    must mention that this is a good way fixing xbox 360`s rrod and ps3`s ylod.
    also a heat gun can be used insted of an oven , and dont forget 2 importent things:
    1-DONT move the board at all for a good few hours after the process!
    2-DO remember to apply thermal compound on the gpu after it cooled off.
    good luck to all the bakers!!!
  34. QCH
    QCH NOTE: Even though many things are better on grills then using an oven, this is not one of them. :D

    Great article Lynx!!! :thumbsup:
  35. poofie
    poofie "Like bringing Natty Boh (Ed: Lonestar?) to a party wrong."

    offended. bringing Boh to a party is like when your Aunt Bertha brings her infamous green-jello-with-green-beans-because-they're-green-like-the-jello-so-they-must-match salad. it's gross, but it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.
  36. QuadyTheTurnip
    QuadyTheTurnip Dude, clean out the bottom of your oven. That shit's gross.
  37. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx
    Shorty said:
    Bobby, this is currently circulating around my office. We are now deciding whether to try this with some dead Nokia Firewalls and a couple of 2960s.

    It's like a regular barbeque! :D
    hahaha! that's awesome.

    ido: those are very good points. Forgetting thermal compound means your resurrected GPU won't enjoy the zombie life for long.

    And yes, heat guns can also be used for this. I preferred an oven in this instance, as I had no idea where the actual fracture(s) was. Using an oven ensured even heat along every point on the board.
  38. Hamad
    Hamad Wohoo,
    cool man.
    I have my 8800GTX still functioning. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to try this if it fails. The 8800 GTX is an awesome piece of hardware that has yet to fail me after serving for 3 years now. It has kept my urge to upgrade in check so far.
  39. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx
    Quady the Turnip said:
    Dude, clean out the bottom of your oven. That shit's gross.
    NO U
    Hamad said:
    Wohoo,
    cool man.
    I have my 8800GTX still functioning. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to try this if it fails. The 8800 GTX is an awesome piece of hardware that has yet to fail me after serving for 3 years now. It has kept my urge to upgrade in check so far.

    Yeah, I love the thing. It still gets by in most games today at full settings with minimal slowdown. I feel it's only now starting to be eclipsed by new game engines, which is impressive considering it's almost four year run
  40. Gargoyle
    Gargoyle Would heat guns introduce too much static?
  41. cherplunka
    cherplunka lovingly done bobby. :]
  42. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx
    cherplunka said:
    lovingly done bobby. :]
    Thanks! I had a feeling you'd enjoy this one, crossing video games and food in such a way...

    Gargoyle said:
    Would heat guns introduce too much static?
    That's a good question. Being inexperienced in the method, I don't have an answer. Anyone else?
  43. Shorion
    Shorion So guys, I in fact have 2, yes thats right, 2 * 8800 cards, a gtx and a gts that have both been given me the blocks of garbled colours and textures as they slowly make their way into the dark abyss that is my spare room with all the other $500+ cards, cpu's, hard drives that have failed over the years. I'm going to try this on the weekend to both cards to see if it works and I will let you know!
  44. Shorty
    Shorty Shorion, we want to hear your results! :D
  45. revorocks
    revorocks I did this to an old broken 8600GT. I was really doubting it but it worked! I was so happy :D
  46. mjollie
    mjollie I so wish I'd heard of this before I tossed the card. On the other hand, is there a better excuse for buying a new card?
  47. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx
    mjollie said:
    I so wish I'd heard of this before I tossed the card. On the other hand, is there a better excuse for buying a new card?

    Perhaps the lottery.... but no, there aren't many. Of course, the 'I'm a geek, I need the newest stuff' excuse is always good enough for me ;)
  48. QCH
    QCH God.... I love this place. If I die, let me come back as a Server that hosts Icrontic!!!
  49. photodude
    photodude It would be interesting to see some benchmarks from the Baked GPU, I wonder how they stack up vs the previous unbaked state of the GPU? Did it restore function at the same specs, or could baking cause a performance hit even though it restored function?

    I would expect it functions normally, but you never know...
  50. Butters
    Butters
    photodude said:
    It would be interesting to see some benchmarks from the Baked GPU, I wonder how they stack up vs the previous unbaked state of the GPU? Did it restore function at the same specs, or could baking cause a performance hit even though it restored function?

    I would expect it functions normally, but you never know...
    I second.
  51. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx I see what you guys are doing here.

    I'll run some numbers when I get the chance. Probably not until after the weekend.
  52. photodude
    photodude Just learned a friend's husband tried this with a dead Xbox360 after I posted it to facebook, result an undead Xbox360 with a nice toasty smell. I really look forward to doing this with my old laptop.
  53. Shorion
    Shorion It works!

    Fantastic solution. Best fix ever. Both cards now work and I've tested them with WIC and Left for dead 2 for 8+ hours on each and they are going strong.
  54. QCH
    QCH More satisfied customers. Good work Bobby!!! :thumbsup:
  55. Davor
    Davor Believe it or not, people also restore old audio and video tapes by baking them.

    After decades of storage, the stuff that binds the oxide to the mylar base can start to break down, resulting in poor playback quality at best, and sometimes in irreversable damage to the source material. Baking the tape is a way to firm up the binder long enough get a digital transfer. The "recipe" is different for tapes than for PC boards, though :-) Lower temperature, but longer bake time, and you're supposed to flip them periodically, like pancakes...

    I've never tried it myself, but http://www.tangible-technology.com/tape/baking1.html describes the process.

    Wendy Carlos had to bake the masters for "Switched-On Bach" and her other early albums, when she wanted to release them on CD.
  56. HAX!
    HAX! 7800 GTX from a Dell xps, worked like a charm! Put it in the oven while heatup, kept it there for five minutes i full heat, then let it stay in the oven with the hatch open to let it slowly cool of.
    WHY didn't I see this a year ago?? The laptop's been laying around as a fancy paper weight for a year...
  57. ardichoke
    ardichoke Preliminary reports suggest that this just saved my 8600GTS as well. Will know for sure after work.

    <3 Lynx for bringing this to my attention.
  58. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx we're all bakin' fools. I love it!
  59. Gargoyle
    Gargoyle When I was in Detroit last weekend, Thrax and I baked GQ's old 7900GT and his old 8800GTS (Prime has photos). I didn't have much time when I got home before I had to catch my flight out for the holidays, but a quick test with the 7900 suggests it's still borked. It's driving me nuts that I didn't get a chance to test the 8800, though. I'm hoping it worked for that one.
  60. Haggas
    Haggas Just tried this last night with an old ATI 9000 in a dell Inspiron 8200. Seems to have worked. However need some help on the thermal compound. There's some blue putty foam(?) stuff on the GPU, appears to connect to heat sink on bottom of Keyboard (it is a laptop). Can I re-use this stuff? If I use Arctic Silver will I just be gluing the keyboard to the GPU preventing me from getting my computer apart in the future? Help!
  61. Ryder
    Ryder If you buy regular Arctic silver, no. If you buy Arctic silver adhesive, yes.

    Regular AS5 will do just fine :)
  62. Haggas
  63. photodude
    photodude
    UPSLynx said:
    I see what you guys are doing here.

    I'll run some numbers when I get the chance. Probably not until after the weekend.

    still interested in the unbaked vs baked benchmarks.....:bigggrin:
  64. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx yikes, thanks for the reminder!

    I'll put it on the list.
  65. -MBG--De-Sniper
    -MBG--De-Sniper Could it possibly help a 9600GT that seems to not be working very well and randomly loses signal to the monitor. The card may also be one of the ones with bad bumps on it.
  66. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Hard to say, but if the problem is intermittent, I'm not sure if baking is the solution for you. You're at a higher risk of losing the card if it still works... my card was completely dead, so I had nothing to lose.

    But who knows, there's only one way to find out.
  67. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx OK, so I benchmarked my post-baked 8800GTX. I found very minor changes in test numbers. Spec Viewperf in 3DS Max showed a loss of 2 points, which isn't a really big deal. Viewperf Maya on the other hand actually showed a slight increase in performance. Cinebench R10 had the same results...

    So uhh.... yep.

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  68. Thrax
    Thrax Summary: No change. These numbers fall within a range that is less than what could be considered the margin of error.
  69. photodude
    photodude
    photodude said:
    Did it restore function at the same specs, or could baking cause a performance hit even though it restored function?
    I would expect it functions normally, but you never know...
    Thrax said:
    Summary: No change. These numbers fall within a range that is less than what could be considered the margin of error.
    UPSLynx said:
    OK, so I benchmarked my post-baked 8800GTX. I found very minor changes in test numbers. Spec Viewperf in 3DS Max showed a loss of 2 points, which isn't a really big deal. Viewperf Maya on the other hand actually showed a slight increase in performance. Cinebench R10 had the same results...
    Good to see that the expected results are as expected, baking restored function at the same specs....within the margin of error
  70. ardichoke
    ardichoke I'm thinking that my 8600 may not have come out of the bake quite as well as everyone else's 8800s did. I'm not getting graphic glitches anymore, but gpu folding also doesn't appear to be working. Seems that it always ends up EUE erroring on me now. Haven't tried playing any games since baking my card yet... been too busy with the move.
  71. cw
    cw It works,ive tried it myself..
  72. EMT
    EMT Thanks Lynx, great article. I don't think we've crossed paths but you saved my 8800GTX in addition to your own :)
  73. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Glad to hear it! I saved my cousin's 8800GT last weekend as well. I'm surprised at how broad the problem seems to be (an how successful the solution has been!)
  74. Sledgehammer70
    Sledgehammer70 Hey UPS I had a few friends that I directed to this thread & lets just say they are enjoying their baked cards :) I tried it with a 6600 with no luck :(
  75. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx that's great they recovered their cards! (sucks yours didn't make it though :/ ) I'm really surprised at how effective this has been. I haven't heard of many failed bakes since I did mine. Yours and a card that Prime has are the only two I can think of. Who knew?
  76. David
    David I have 2 MSI 8800GTX's OC with the weird lines and stuff. Have been using them as paperweights for about 6 months now. Gonna try baking them this week, will post results :)

    Is yours still working ?
  77. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx My 8800GTX is still working, and I use it quite regularly. No issues at all so far!
  78. David
    David I baked the 2 8800GTX's this weekend, got to try them today, they're both up and running :)
    I have another one so i'll try and get a 780i mobo so I can use them all hehe
  79. BIGDOG76
    BIGDOG76 I have seen this method in a couple of places. Your post says to put the gpu facing up some others say the opposite. Facing the gpu down actually makes sense as the solder is on the bottom. Can anyone verify which way they baked thier cards. I have 3 dead 8800 gtx's I would love to bring back to life.
  80. Thrax
    Thrax Facing the GPU down can also cause it to fall off when the solider is weak. The GPU is not light on this video card.
  81. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Thrax is right, that is the exact reason why you should face the GPU up.
  82. BIGDOG76
    BIGDOG76 Thanks for your responses guys. That makes more sense. Will give it a shot and post back.
  83. Winga
    Winga Maybe my math is out. Maybe time moves slower in the Southern Hemisphere?
    385F = 196C.... Check
    10minutes northern = 10 minutes southern.... Check

    I just baked a dead 8800gtx and 8 or so minutes into the bake, had electronic components going off like rockets inside the oven.
    One valueble thing I did learn from it though. If you want to harvest a bunch of components off a PC board, overbaking it is the way to go. They pop off with the pins all clean and shiny.

    Im off to scratch in my spares bin to see if I can find another GPU to experiment on.....
  84. Thrax
    Thrax Are you sure your oven is 100% accurate when you set the temperature?

    Dozens of people have performed this successfully with 385F @ 10 minutes, so it sounds like temperature is to blame.
  85. MJO
    MJO Yes it does sound strange?
    I have baked my card twice, without any problems.
    Even the plastic connectors are unharmed by the heat. :)
  86. ardichoke
    ardichoke I actually went out and bought an oven thermometer when I did mine. Good thing too, I Found out my oven at the time ran about 20 degrees hot.
  87. Winga
    Winga I'm sure I messed something up. I found another card I can try it on. An old AGP X800. Will see how that one makes out. Will have to wait until the week-end though.
  88. lionSpirit
    lionSpirit Im going to try this today
  89. EMT
    EMT Regression! My 8800GTX is showing the same issues it did when I decided to bake it. Should I bake it again guys? Anyone else had to re-bake?
  90. ardichoke
    ardichoke Shouldn't hurt to re-bake it... but each time you reflow the solder it's likely not going to bond as well so the fix will last shorter and shorter periods of time. Or at least my limited knowledge of electrical engineering would suggest that to me. You might want to start saving for a new card.
  91. EMT
    EMT Well, so far so good 1 day after after re-baking. We'll see how long it lasts. Thanks ardichoke.
  92. NZY
    NZY I did this with my dead 8800 gts i did not work
    200ºc 10 min.
  93. BobbyDigi
    BobbyDigi EVGA 8800 GTS has arisen from certain rage!

    Thank you UPSLynx for OP and Thank you again along with Thrax for the advice on TIM.

    I updated my sig ;)

    -Digi
  94. Nemikan
    Nemikan Epix win. You sir get no noob cakes tonight!
  95. Farticus
    Farticus I just did this with my own 8800GTX that I thought was dead forever and i'm using it right now, awesome stuff. I went and bought a crappy $40 video card today to temporarily replace it after it died, found this solution, and swapped it back out. At least i've got a spare if it dies again
  96. Farticus
    Farticus Oh yeah and also I don't know why you say to leave it overnight after it comes out of the oven, mine was cooled down, put back together and running in 45 minutes.
  97. Thrax
    Thrax Because it's the safest way to make sure that the solder is completely cooled.
  98. Halyconn
    Halyconn Definately works, thanks!

    My Geforce 8800 gtx had died whilst I was on YouTube - the pc would switch on afterwards but I was getting no display.
  99. TexascoppeR
    TexascoppeR Bobby, baked two 8800 ultras i used to run in SLI mode tonight. 10 min as instructed golden brown and crisp to the touch. 30 minutes later, reassembled after cooldown. Carefully tested both and got a post. Set them in SLI mode, what a beauty it was to see them purring again. I dont post on websites...unless warranted. CHEERS !
  100. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx :D

    Glad we could help!

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