First post, by rpz
I recently acquired a Geforce2 Ultra which initially seemed to be damaged. When connected via the VGA port the color channels were messed up; constant blue hue even in POST. Also, when testing Quake III at 1600x1200 the game would crash immediately when applying this resolution in settings.
My knowledge regarding PCB boards etc. is limited so please forgive the following non-technical phrasing 😀
I noticed a couple of issues on the card as outlined in the first image below. First of all, one of the pins going into the VGA connector was bend/sticking half way out (on the image I have reinserted it). Secondly, one of the 'things' soldering looked pretty weak - and fell off as soon as I touched it. So after reinserting the pin, I had a colleague re-solder the 'thing' on the card. Success! Colors perfect and Quake III not crashing anymore. Since the fan was very noisy I decided to clean/fix it - and remove/reapply thermal paste on the graphics chip (see second image below). Big thanks to brostenen for the guide on fixing up old fans!
Geforce2 Ultra running almost as brand new!
Now if anyone can explain what exactly those 'things' are - that'd be great.