Broken Graphics Card? Bake it in the Oven

July 26, 2011 4:45 pm 4 comments

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Has your graphics  card broken, throwing up lines and shapes across your screen? All is not lost – don’t throw it away quite yet!

Lines across your screen and other graphics abnormalities are called artifacts, and they’re likely to occur when your video card is failing. If it’s really dying, you might even get a blank screen or program crashes due to overheating. It turns out, a bit of heat is the perfect medicine.


Please note that the cooking oven(NOT the microwave oven) has to be preheated at 385F before putting the card in it. Recently, my friend over at MBL forum baked the cards for 10 minutes before taking them out, but the time can vary. According to most users 8 minutes will do the trick.

You need to disconnect everything from the card and clean the dust before inserting it in the preheated oven. Head over to MBL Forum and Hard Forum for full screenshot tour and details. This method can be applied to fix your Laptop as well by baking it’s motherboard.

The procedure requires you to lay an aluminum foil beneath the card so that heat can be reflected, also make sure the card is raised using small aluminum balls. Aluminum foil keeps the oven safe in case anything goes wrong.

  • Make sure to remove the heatsink and any other plastic parts from your card. Melted plastic all over your card is bad news.
  • Place a few balls of tin foil on a tray and rest the card on them so it isn’t touching the tray. Make sure to put the card in chip side up, otherwise the chip will fall off.
  • You’ll want to bake it for around 8 minutes at 385°F. The time is flexibile; the general consensus is that anywhere between 5 minutes and 12 minutes should be okay.
  • Obviously, let it cool off before you stick it back in your machine.

The science behind this simple: often, video cards fail due to loosening solder joints. Thus, an oven is the perfect savior: by heating those joints back up, they’ll turn to liquid and melt back together, giving your card another shot at life.

Editor’s Notes: This guide is for those who have lost all hope. Do not try it unless you know the risks. Many users in various forums have had success with this method. If you are having any other problem, make sure the drivers are updated and the card is not defected on purchase.

As a final note – this trick has been tried by me, the editor – and worked perfectly.

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