Graphics Card Repair

  OTT_Buzzard 10:26 19 Jun 09

During a cleaning exercise on one of my HD4870's it looks like I've managed to 'dislodge' one of the solder joints holding the fan power connector to the board.

I resoldered it yesterday but can't get a good joint on it. There is little if no area available for the solder to make contact with the circuit board tracks. I'm guessing that this is something to do with the way that they are assembled by the manufacturer.

Does anyone know of a way round this? Something in the back of my mind is saying that there should be a paste or similar available to promote a good solder contact??

It seems a pity to write off an otherwise perfectly good graphics card.

  Mr Mistoffelees 10:33 19 Jun 09

When I worked in electronics we always used very fine solder and liquid flux for soldering surface mount and other very small joints.

  I am Spartacus 11:19 19 Jun 09

Alternatively use a fan extension cable to route it to a motherboard socket. If it's a 3 pin connector you'll lose the ability to have the fan speed automatically controlled (if that was the case). If it's a 2 pin connector it will still work with a 3 pin socket.

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