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Old 09-20-2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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Brag: Fixed My Laptop By Putting It In The Oven

So the graphics card in my laptop died. The laptop could not display anything to my external monitor or my laptop screen. So I found a disassembly guide on the internet and disassembled my laptop. I took out the graphics card and put it in the oven at 385 F for 8 minutes. This melts the solder on the card which fixes hairline fractures in the solder, which is the most likely cause of a dead graphics card. I put my laptop together and everything works except the wireless card. I'm going to open up my computer again and see if everything is connected right. In the disassembly guide it said not to touch the connections on the wireless card because that could cause the card not to work. But I touched them anyways . If I can't fix it I'll just buy a usb wireless card so no big deal. The guide for putting your broken electronics into the oven is here in case some of you want to try this.


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Put graphics card into oven and it works now.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Brag: Fixed My Laptop By Putting It In The Oven

sick brag sir. nice hand.


Were you baking cookies too?

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Old 09-20-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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sick brag sir. nice hand.


Were you baking cookies too?

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No, just chips.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:23 PM   #4
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Re: Brag: Fixed My Laptop By Putting It In The Oven

OMG, I have a bad laptop motherboard with a bad solder joint on a ball grid array chip that I didn't have the tools to fix. (I've replaced this motherboard several years ago) Wow, I wish I thought of this...

Nice job.
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:54 AM   #5
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Re: Brag: Fixed My Laptop By Putting It In The Oven

pics of laptop in oven or GTFO
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:30 AM   #6
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Re: Brag: Fixed My Laptop By Putting It In The Oven

This is awesome. Have you read anything about this being a actual good technique though. It just seems like the risk might be a little high. I guess if your graphics card is already broken and the worst that could happen is it gets more broken then it's a baller idea IMO
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I'm guessing you don't want to try this with a board with components on both sides...
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:37 AM   #8
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wireless cards are like $20-30 for internal ones. USB is unnecessary
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LOL this is a genius move.
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #10
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LOL this is a genius move.
works on xbox 360's w/ E74 error as well...
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:57 PM   #11
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This is awesome. Have you read anything about this being a actual good technique though. It just seems like the risk might be a little high. I guess if your graphics card is already broken and the worst that could happen is it gets more broken then it's a baller idea IMO
From what I have read this is really quite safe. When they make computer components the lead solder is put on the card in a paste form apparently and then the board is put in the oven to flow the solder. So this is basically reflowing the solder. The boiling point of lead is something like 2000 Kelvin so there are no real fumes, because the only thing melting is the solder. Not only does this fix hairline cracks it also melts any whiskers that could bridging connections that should not be bridged.

Although from what I have read people have just recently started doing this, but it doesn't seem like a permanent fix. People have had their cards go bad again in as little as two weeks, but some are still working after a couple months.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:59 PM   #12
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I'm guessing you don't want to try this with a board with components on both sides...
It seems to work with all types of things. This has even been reported to work with broken cell phones, LOL. You just make risers out of aluminum foil and but the card on a cookie sheet on top of the risers It's not like the solder has time to get dripping wet, it just sort of resets itself.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:30 PM   #13
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Re: Brag: Fixed My Laptop By Putting It In The Oven

trying this with the usb stick of my wireless mouse at the moment. it's in the oven now.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:56 PM   #14
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it worked! holy cow ovens are amazing
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:47 PM   #15
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Re: Brag: Fixed My Laptop By Putting It In The Oven

Yeah well I put my video card in a toaster and then put the toaster in the oven, and fixed my card twice as fast as you guys, so...
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