does baking a dead video card actually fix it

January 6, 2011 at 00:36:00
Specs: Windows 7, 2.600/1024

i have a ATI radeon 9550xl 256mb video card and i pulled it out wrong and it stop working. i just saw on youtube that if u bake it it will fix itself now before i wast time and burn up something will this work

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January 6, 2011 at 01:03:33

... bake it you sure?

... which veg are you having with it?


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January 6, 2011 at 02:01:28

I don't think it will work but u have nothing to loose.

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January 6, 2011 at 06:29:01

How do you pull a card out the wrong way? You can try the "oven trick", just make sure you do it correctly. The idea is to heat the card up just enough for the solder to soften & fill any micro-cracks. Here's the procedure:

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January 6, 2011 at 08:17:05


I worked in line repair a long time ago but have never heard how to remove a card wrong nor any repair that a "bake" could cure.

You'd most likely run the risk of getting lead into your oven or other toxic chemicals. Don't do it. There is no factory repair that believes that heat can fix anything. Lead is one of the most toxic metals there is. See the cas sheet.

If you feel that you had cold solder joints or lifted pads then re-solder those.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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January 6, 2011 at 08:27:05

... I used conductive paint on circuit board before which worked a treat! ....(pudding)

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January 6, 2011 at 08:33:02

"i have a ATI radeon 9550xl 256mb video card and i pulled it out wrong and it stop working."

If you unplugged it, or plugged it in, when live AC power was still connected to the power supply, you have probably fried the circuits on the card, and you may have fried the AGP slot's circuits on the mboard as well. .
ATX mboards are always powered in some places by ATX power supplies, including some of the contacts in the AGP slot, even when the computer is not running, as long as the power supply is receiving live AC.

There's no way baking the card will fix that.

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January 6, 2011 at 13:01:00

This ranks right up there with puting your motherboard in the dishwasher.


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January 6, 2011 at 13:05:56

As was stated above you may have nothing to lose as far as the card goes. If you try this and it works you can use your computer contact web md after the fallout takes place in your oven. I can't even begin to think of half of the contaniments that can be on a circuit board.


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January 9, 2011 at 03:49:00

ok well i baked it before i got a chance to look on here and it diden work and what happend was i was in a harry to get it out to put in in another computer i diden hit a little butten to unlock it. and i just wiggle it out and it stop working right there and my agp slot still work because right after the other card stop working i put a crappy 16 mb in there and it work so i know the slot works so im just going to buy a new card

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April 8, 2011 at 02:09:56

Fixed my 2 cards (DG005 – 256MB Dell Insprion XPS M2010 ATI Radeon X1800 Video Card DG005) for my Dell XPS m2010. Its unbelievable. THIS METHOD REALLY WORKS. Now I have 3 working video cards in great condition. Hope they stay like that for a long time. I think I wont need a video card for next 10 years I baked a bad mother board too but havent tested it yet.
Baked at 385 F for 10 minutes in a pre heated oven. Kept it high using 4 aluminium foil balls. Just let it cool down for atleast 30 minits. And dont inhale the fumes once you take it out! Good luck!

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April 8, 2011 at 09:29:12

Baking a circuit board is pretty much a myth. The reason for baking it is if there is a cold or broken solder joint on the board, baking it will melt the solder and will heal the break.

Standard 60/40 tin/lead solder melts at around 375 degrees, that could seriously damage other components on the board, especially electrolytic capacitors.

Don't do it

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