XFX-8800GT 512mb Alpha Dog Edition troubles

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by mongoose333, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. mongoose333

    mongoose333 Member Guru

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    A few of you may remember me about 1 1/2 years ago. I was very blessed and helped by this site and some amazing folks. This is in regards to the video card I received.

    My problem is.

    Yesterday my pc crashed, I think it is the 8800GT 512mb ADE,
    when it crashed it went to a BSOD and said the problem was with the NV4 display driver, and was in an infinite loop.
    When I rebooted, there was text missing and a few patches of vertical lines running parallel. I couldnt get it to get past the BSOD, until I went into safe mode and uninstalled the last driver I had gotten a month or so ago, then it let me back into windows, but still with boot text missing and the vertical lines still there.

    I hate to think this card is dead/dying, so I am looking for any idea's on this problem. I have taken good care of this card and for the last year, it really hasn't been running any graphic stressing games, I have always kept an eye on the temp and kept this system very clean.

    Can someone please help with this issue?


    Thanks,

    Sincerely,

    Mongoose333/Kenny
     
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  3. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    What driver version are you on?
     
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    ANY version for SAME artifacts!!! lool
     

  5. mongoose333

    mongoose333 Member Guru

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    I was on the last driver that came out about a month ago or so.

    I took it apart last night and the thermal paste is squished out on the circuitry all around the proc.
    I might try the baking thing later today, but could the paste being all over like it is cause these problems?

    The reason I ask about the paste is, Bodar told me last night on FB, after I told him what it was doing, he said, "Either a temp problem or just gone".
    I hadn't taken it apart at that point, so I didn't get to tell him about the paste.

    Thanks for the help guys, I would have commented back yesterday, but I updated my email addy on my profile here and then couldn't reply until today.

    Thanks again...
    Sincerely,
    mongoose333/Kenny
     
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  6. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    As long as the paste isnt conductive, which it isnt, it should be fine. Just make sure you dusted it out real good.
     
  7. ricardonuno1980

    ricardonuno1980 Banned

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    ok, 8800gt back to life but too short time (1 or 2 days or 1 time power ON to dead again) after this.

    @mongoose333
    BETTER solution!! - you should bake 8800gt on oven (CAUTION: do NOT use microwave!) to fix! - you look my post #2. :)
     
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    I plan on baking it at some point today.
     
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    Yo Kenny Guess Who This Is?
     
  10. deltatux

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    The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 series are notorious for failing, that's basically a fact these days. It's like the Seagate 7200.11 series HDD when those went down like flies.

    Best to just replace that card, it's pretty old and you can get a better card for about $150.

    deltatux
     

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    mongoose333 Member Guru

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    I only know 1 person in Jersey, so hiya Ryan, lol. too easy.

    Ty Delta. probably gonna bake it anyways, as I just love the smell of electronics, heh heh. Nothing to lose.
    Anytime I get some new electronic thing, I just have to take in the smell, as my wife oddly looks at me and laughs.

    Thanks guys.
    will keep ya posted.

    Sincerely,
    mongoose333/Kenny
     
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    I finally baked the Videocard about a month ago and it fired right up and been working beautifully ever since. :)

    Thanks alot guys a whole bunch as I cant afford to buy a new Vid card.


    Sincerely,
    mongoose333
     
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    Really? Iv never heard of this. Iv had mine since day one and it still works like new without a problem. The fan even still works.

    I hear there was alot of problems with the series that came after it though, with the 400/500 series heat issues and what not. Never really heard of any epidemic with the 8 series though.

    And most thermal paste is conductive. Not all, but a vast majority are. Especially any that are good. The paste could have certainly caused problems and make the card misbehave.

    I would suggest getting a new card though, your card is on its last leg it sounds like. You could probably lose it at any moment!
     
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    Nah...very few pastes intended for use with CPU's or GPU's are electrically conductive at all. Those that are 'conductive' actually exhibit a small amount of capacitance. AS5 being an example.
     
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    I didn't just bake it either, I completely disassembled it and cleaned it up, put new thermal paste and now it is even running around 52c-60c, where if I remember right it used to run in the 70s.
    I really don't game much anymore on the PC, any gaming it gets now is very light gaming from my wife.


    Sincerely,
    mongoose333
     

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    All of the paste I have ever used is conductive. Id say there is still a chance it could have caused problems.

    But in light of this thread, I have stuck my moms old laptop in the oven for a bit to see if that may revive it!

    HP Pavillion 6755. Worst bunch of laptops ever made. Just epic failure on HPs part and they still refuse to admit it.
     
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    It's a very common problem with the 8800's, they fail due to the solder joints coming loose. Baking the cards fixes the issue by essentially re-soldering the circuit board.



    Hi Mongoose, good to see your card is still in action after the oven trick.
     
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    I know you talk to many folks, Pill. but its actually the same card from the thread u started on my behalf many moons ago. remember?
    "Guru's you are needed!! *OMFG LOOK HERE!!!!* thread.
    Its the same card from that and same pc from there, still working very nicely, Thank you so much, you were/are a GodSend.
    Maybe if you get time and are bored you can look at the thread I recently posted in laptops, I have an Issue here. providing you have some knowledge of power supplies for laptops.

    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=358930

    although someone on another forum site, told me it should work perfectly.


    Thanks again guys and hope you are blessed Pill, take care.

    Sincerely,
    mongoose333
     
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    I actually googled and nothing of the sort came up. All I found was a bunch of driver issues. Which any card can have those.

    Sadly, baking my moms laptop did not help it :( Its still a POS and goes to sit on the shelf for a few more years.

    After more searching, I seen that the 8800GS did suffer from alot of problems, mainly on the mac side of things. It appears the older GPUs are not effected by this. But I believe the GT does use the same GPU as the GS so that could be the problem.
     
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    Only compounds based on Silver, Copper or Aluminum are conductive/capacitive.

    Compounds based on Ceramic (Ceramique) or Silicone are completely non-conductive/non-capacitive. Arctic Cooling's MX thermal compounds as well as Tuniq's TX thermal compounds are also non-conductive/non-capacitive. DiamondIC thermal compound is also non-conductive/non-capacitive.....same with Antec's Formula 5 and Formula 7 and Zalman's ZM-STG1, ZM-STG2, and ZM-TG2.

    Most graphics card vendors use Silicone based thermal compound to ensure the safety of electrical components as Silicone is an excellent electrical insulator.
     

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