First post, by Boohyaka
I have this Elsa Winner 1000 PCI card that produces these interesting text corruption and problems as soon as it starts. Computer doesn't complain, no beep at all. Computer is fine with other PCI gfx cards, so the problem is with this card.
I have dumped the BIOS and compared it a known good version found online - identical.
What do you guys make of it? I am in no way a hardware expert, I've visually checked it carefully though and it seems in pretty good and clean condition and don't see anything obvious.
Is this a case where baking it at 200°C for 10 minutes as I've read in some places would be worth a try to "refresh" solder joints, even if they don't look bad to me?
I've read a heatgun would be preferred in some cases, I do have a basic heatgun and no idea how hot it gets, what would be the proper way for me to do that?
Obviously these cards are pretty available and inexpensive (still very good, highly compatible DOS cards!) so I could really just drop it in the bin. But if I can salvage a bit of retro history and learn something new along the way, I'm definitely game! And in that case no pressure of ruining something of high value 😁
I'm attaching a picture of the card here and can provide more/better pictures of the back or other areas on request, if that can help, cheers!