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Anonymous
a b } Memory
July 14, 2004 4:06:24 PM

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I installed heatsinks on my Radeon 9700 using Arctic Silver Thermal dhesive
and now I get artifacts in games.
This wasn't my first time sticking heatsinks on the memory chips and the
board looks perfectely nice and clean.

Could the memory itself be damaged with the adhesive?

When I flash the board to Radeon 9500 64MB and then use Softmod, the games
look fine, but slower than before.

If you have any ideas please let me know.

Thanks!

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July 14, 2004 10:54:53 PM

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Something to consider: Artic Silver is ever so slightly electrically
conductive. So, you need to make sure there's no Arctic Silver touching any
the mem chip leads.

-phil

"Dima R" <dimar@aei.ca> wrote in message news:40f55af4$1_2@aeinews....
> I installed heatsinks on my Radeon 9700 using Arctic Silver Thermal
dhesive
> and now I get artifacts in games.
> This wasn't my first time sticking heatsinks on the memory chips and the
> board looks perfectely nice and clean.
>
> Could the memory itself be damaged with the adhesive?
>
> When I flash the board to Radeon 9500 64MB and then use Softmod, the games
> look fine, but slower than before.
>
> If you have any ideas please let me know.
>
> Thanks!
>
>
Anonymous
a b } Memory
July 15, 2004 2:38:50 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.videocards.ati (More info?)

I can't really see the leads, they must be under the chips. I checked the
board with a magnifying lens over and over, couldn't find any paste/shorts.
Is there any liquid or whatever that I could use to clean the board of
possible paste on the board that I could overseen?

Is it possible that the whole thing could be because of a damaged capacitor?
I removed the small heatsink on the back of the card. There's capacitor near
the bottom hole that holds the heatsink. When I pushed back the clip of the
sink, I think I bended the lead of the capacitor, but I'm not really sure
because it's hard to see there.

I found a new BIOS that makes 9500 64MB into 9500 Pro 64MB with 8 pipelines.
When I flashed my card with it, windows now recognizes my card as 9700 Pro
64MB, the memory works at 128bit mode, which means the chips on the front of
the board. I got a BIOS editor and edited the BIOS to 256bit. After that, I
still get the artifats in windows, but no artifacts in DOS (with 9700 128MB
BIOS, DOS letters had different colours). Still in 128bit mode 64MB I get a
higher score in 3dMark than as 9500 softmoded. (same clock 320core/300mem).

Is there any diagnostic software that could check the card and show where
the errors come from?

Thanks for any help!


"Phil" <phil_essing@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2RiJc.113941$UO6.2032494@wagner.videotron.net...
> Something to consider: Artic Silver is ever so slightly electrically
> conductive. So, you need to make sure there's no Arctic Silver touching
any
> the mem chip leads.
>
> -phil
>
> "Dima R" <dimar@aei.ca> wrote in message news:40f55af4$1_2@aeinews....
> > I installed heatsinks on my Radeon 9700 using Arctic Silver Thermal
> dhesive
> > and now I get artifacts in games.
> > This wasn't my first time sticking heatsinks on the memory chips and the
> > board looks perfectely nice and clean.
> >
> > Could the memory itself be damaged with the adhesive?
> >
> > When I flash the board to Radeon 9500 64MB and then use Softmod, the
games
> > look fine, but slower than before.
> >
> > If you have any ideas please let me know.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> >
>
>
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Anonymous
a b } Memory
July 15, 2004 2:40:08 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.videocards.ati (More info?)

I'm going to check the board again and again until I find something!


"Dima R" <dimar@aei.ca> wrote in message news:40f5ef2f_1@aeinews....
> I can't really see the leads, they must be under the chips. I checked the
> board with a magnifying lens over and over, couldn't find any
paste/shorts.
> Is there any liquid or whatever that I could use to clean the board of
> possible paste on the board that I could overseen?
>
> Is it possible that the whole thing could be because of a damaged
capacitor?
> I removed the small heatsink on the back of the card. There's capacitor
near
> the bottom hole that holds the heatsink. When I pushed back the clip of
the
> sink, I think I bended the lead of the capacitor, but I'm not really sure
> because it's hard to see there.
>
> I found a new BIOS that makes 9500 64MB into 9500 Pro 64MB with 8
pipelines.
> When I flashed my card with it, windows now recognizes my card as 9700 Pro
> 64MB, the memory works at 128bit mode, which means the chips on the front
of
> the board. I got a BIOS editor and edited the BIOS to 256bit. After that,
I
> still get the artifats in windows, but no artifacts in DOS (with 9700
128MB
> BIOS, DOS letters had different colours). Still in 128bit mode 64MB I get
a
> higher score in 3dMark than as 9500 softmoded. (same clock
320core/300mem).
>
> Is there any diagnostic software that could check the card and show where
> the errors come from?
>
> Thanks for any help!
>
>
> "Phil" <phil_essing@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:2RiJc.113941$UO6.2032494@wagner.videotron.net...
> > Something to consider: Artic Silver is ever so slightly electrically
> > conductive. So, you need to make sure there's no Arctic Silver touching
> any
> > the mem chip leads.
> >
> > -phil
> >
> > "Dima R" <dimar@aei.ca> wrote in message news:40f55af4$1_2@aeinews....
> > > I installed heatsinks on my Radeon 9700 using Arctic Silver Thermal
> > dhesive
> > > and now I get artifacts in games.
> > > This wasn't my first time sticking heatsinks on the memory chips and
the
> > > board looks perfectely nice and clean.
> > >
> > > Could the memory itself be damaged with the adhesive?
> > >
> > > When I flash the board to Radeon 9500 64MB and then use Softmod, the
> games
> > > look fine, but slower than before.
> > >
> > > If you have any ideas please let me know.
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
July 15, 2004 11:55:50 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.videocards.ati (More info?)

Dima R wrote:
> I installed heatsinks on my Radeon 9700 using Arctic Silver Thermal dhesive
> and now I get artifacts in games.
> This wasn't my first time sticking heatsinks on the memory chips and the
> board looks perfectely nice and clean.
>
> Could the memory itself be damaged with the adhesive?
>
> When I flash the board to Radeon 9500 64MB and then use Softmod, the games
> look fine, but slower than before.
>
> If you have any ideas please let me know.
>
> Thanks!
>
>

Why did you flash your 9700 with a 9500 BIOS ? !

Thats the problem...
Anonymous
a b } Memory
July 15, 2004 11:55:51 PM

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To make it 64MB which works great. Then I used softmod to turn on 4 more
pipielines.



"Minotaur" <antnel@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:40f654a1$0$18666$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
> Dima R wrote:
> > I installed heatsinks on my Radeon 9700 using Arctic Silver Thermal
dhesive
> > and now I get artifacts in games.
> > This wasn't my first time sticking heatsinks on the memory chips and the
> > board looks perfectely nice and clean.
> >
> > Could the memory itself be damaged with the adhesive?
> >
> > When I flash the board to Radeon 9500 64MB and then use Softmod, the
games
> > look fine, but slower than before.
> >
> > If you have any ideas please let me know.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> >
>
> Why did you flash your 9700 with a 9500 BIOS ? !
>
> Thats the problem...
!