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Video card broke. can i fix

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May 11, 2010 3:38:57 AM

asus 6800 GT that ive had since 2005. this windter i tried to upgrade to something else, foolishly. the new card sucked so i sent it back. all of the slot changing must have damaged my 6800 GT because now when i boot a PC with it there is repeated vertical tears and strange characters that overlay whatever image should be displayed. can i fix this with a soldering iron or something??

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a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 3:41:13 AM

When you swapped cards, what did you do about drivers? Did you reinstall windows or use driversweeper/cleaner?
May 11, 2010 4:22:39 AM

i mean even when it is showing post or bios
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a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 2:48:16 PM

I'd try taking it apart again and doing a thorough dust check. Then reassemble it and make sure all fans are working properly. Also, could try resetting the motherboard BIOS.
a c 172 U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 2:58:26 PM

Inspect the back side of the card for missing small elements such as SMD caps and resistors.

This is how it should look and very similar for the pci-e version. I personally own a new mint condition EVGA 6800gt pci-e.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 3:19:13 PM

I've got two still, one is still in a PC and the other is my test card. Great cards.
May 17, 2010 4:25:36 AM

when you say take it apart, do you mean take the heatsink/fan off the video card? its kinda huge. also i vacuumed it pretty well. will rubbing alcohol on the contacts help?
May 17, 2010 4:26:19 AM

the lights turn on and i can feel air blowing around it when i turn it on.. so i assume that the fan is working.

.. also i don't k its the bios needing to be reset.. same problem if i stick it in another pc.
a c 172 U Graphics card
May 17, 2010 2:34:03 PM


Vacuum isn't a good idea learned the hard way with a dead board.