First post, by Kyosho
I've got a V3 3000 that appears to be a Gateway model based on the "G-WAY" 1.20 firmware sticker. I had tried this card in a P4 system that had a universal AGP slot (first making sure in the BIOS that it was set for 1x/2x mode) and had this same problem. I assumed it was the motherboard, because when I tried another AGP 1x/2x card in it (Rage IIc), it didn't work at all. Well, now I've got a Slot 1 motherboard that has an actual 1x/2x slot and still the same issue. Here's a video of it. Sorry about the background noise and the filthy monitor.
There does not appear to be any physical damage to this card at all. I've looked over both sides of the board with a magnifying lens and have found nothing suspect. No broken legs on any chips, no cracks, nothing.The only thing I haven't done is remove the heatsink to inspect under it. However, I did use a flashlight to look under it and nothing seems amiss under there from what I can see.
Anyone seen this before and/or have any ideas? I know these cards are known for overheating. Does this seem like typical overheating damage?
I suppose I could do a full capacitor replacement on it, but none of them seem to be bulging or leaking in any way. I've recently been thinking of converting a toaster oven into a solder reflow oven, but that would really be the very last resort here. It's more likely I'd do more damage than good. Or perhaps I could try a heat gun and attempt to reflow just the main IC under the heatsink (after removing it). But again, that's something of a last resort.