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GeForce 7300GS 5 out of 8 electrolytic caps blown open.


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#1 James Litten

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

Thought I'd share this recent repair :)
Client complained of lines on the screen and occasional BSODs becoming more frequent.

Still worked in Safe Mode but blue screened in regular mode (nvlddmkm.sys was identified as the culprit).
I updated the driver and that didn't help so on a hunch, I pulled the card because the fan sounded a little odd (kind of rhythmic like going fast then slow over and over) and here is what I found...

GeForce 7300GS 5 out of 8 electrolytic caps blown open.

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Still worked in Safe Mode WOW!

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:40 PM

There noting you can do really.

Safe mode only uses VGA standard driver doesn't load the drivers

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

I have. Technically, if you know how to work a soder gun, you can replace the capacitors and have a working card again. Though, if you ask me theres no real point in doing so, especially with such an old card, easier and probably cheaper (once you factor in labor, finding the proper capacitors, etc) just to put in a new card.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:13 AM

Yeah, I threw in an 8800 that I had in my spare parts box and it was all good. The fact that it still ran after such a catastrophic failure of so many components like that really surprised me.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:14 PM

well, like cox said it was just running VGA drivers in safe mode, which are just the basics-if the capacitors were only involved in the higher end color and 3D end, that would explain why it worked in safe mode and not normal mode. What suprises me with that amount of dust, is that card lived as long as it did.

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