M17x r4 ati 7970m suspected failure

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  1. Dan Ze Man

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    Hello.
    Can any one give me some good ideas how to best determine if my card packed up?

    In bios its named ati gfx I think.
    Running Intel card at the moment.

    Failing to install drivers. Laptop freezes if I do.

    Before I deleted drivers, if I nf+f7 and reboot.
    Laptop would fail to start bios. No beeps.

    I must remove small battery to reset bios and force into safe mode to enable Intel card.


    If ati card is dead. Can I buy gtx 980m from China?
    60hz screen.

    Thx for any reply .
     
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    Seems dead, the 7970M/8970M/M290X MXM cards always where the unstable bunch.
    A 980M from Taobao/Alie would work with a 60HZ Screen yes
     
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    980m on the way.

    Can any one point me to a right direction regards thermal pads?
    Im not sure if i can reuse the ones from 7970. And i have no idea what thickness pads i need.
     
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    Don't reuse them, place the pads on the VRM's and RAM chips
     
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    Thx for a reply.
    Can i ask were can i buy new pads from? and what thicknes ?

    This VRM is in a lot of topics but i cant figue out the meaning :)
     
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    The VRMs are the big square shaped parts on the card, on the 980m they are mainly named "R22". They need to get padded so they have good contact with the heatsink as they can get very hot.

    1 and 1,5 mm is the main thickness needed for the pads to be.
     
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    super thx. ill buy 2 sheets of 1mm and 1.5 mm
     
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    “Unstable” you say? Only early 7970M suffered from 28nm process teething issues. Late 7970M, 8970M, and R9 M290X are perfectly good cards. All my examples are still working.

    OP if your 7970M just died, consider that a very good lifespan from a GPU. I would recommend replacing with a 980M or 1070 MXM
     
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    Yes unstable, all of them where either HW flawed or had awful drivers from quite literally everyone I've ever talked to, and its literally only been those cards, my 8950M's have been flawless as well as my newer cards
     
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