First post, by Digitalzombie
A while back I've rescued a poor little Voodoo from the dumpster.
It's a 3 3000 PCI - SG version (210-0382-003)
The picture of the cooler speaks for itself. Not to speak of the "DNA remains".
I don't know what type of glue was used, but that stuff needs to go. Alcohol doesn't work at all, haven't tried anything else. It's *really* on there.
It took quite a few tries but I somehow got the card to boot. Flashed a fresh BIOS at least.
Massive graphic errors and the whole system is pretty unstable under Windows. Looks like memory errors to me. Maybe worth swaping the RAM?
I have spent quite some time following the traces and checking the complete board. Except a few false alarms because of dirt, nothing seems damaged to me.
A few of the RAM solderpoints seemed a bit too dull, so I've touched them up with a bit of fresh solder, but that didn't really change anything.
I would swap the RAM completely, but need a second (or third ..) opinion on that. Maybe a nice chance to upgrade? Recommendations highly appreciated!
Nothing ever burns down by itself
Every fire needs a little bit of help