Are you having problems with unwanted reboots and “bsod”, or the grey version of “bsod” (also known as the blue screen of death) when trying to play games? And after having checked for any software errors and memory faults you still get those annoying “bsod’s” and unwanted reboots!
The problem might be based in your computers graphic card. If you use an external graphic card and not the “on-board” one this trick might be the solution for those annoying computer crashes.
Before you put your mind on getting a new graphic card for your computer, you should be sure that you have the latest graphic drivers for your card. This might fix the problem. If this is not the solution you could give this neat trick a try first before you dump your card in the trash-can. This trick fixed my problem and the graphic card works like a charm now!!
If your graphic card still has warranty on it, we do NOT recommend that you try this! Instead, bring it back to the retailer and make use of that handy warranty the producer of the product promised you.
Firstly you should pre-heat the kitchen oven to 200¤C (392¤F). Then strip your card from any plastic like the cover (if any), fans and wires. You should now have a card that looks like the one on the picture below. Scrape away as much cooling paste as possible (be gently to the gpu) and put the card on a piece of non metallic oven proof paper, and then on an oven tray. Put the tray in the oven at the middle section and cook it for 8-10 minutes. Take the tray out and let it cool down for 2 hours before putting it back together. Remember to put new cooling paste on the GPU before installing the fan back on!
My “XFX Radeon HD 4850” got this treatment and is now as good as new!
The reason why this worked is that over time as the card heats up the soldering points goes bad, but after 10 min in 200 C they melt back together.
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