Questions: Fried laptop GPU w/ PICS (GTX 1060)

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  1. MKazmer

    MKazmer Notebook Consultant

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    I've been running this GPU for 2 years, nothing too intense, then the other day the computer just shut off. I wasn't doing anything graphics specific, just web surfing. I'm curious if there could be an underlying reason for this and I'm afraid to install a new GPU. The parts that burned up all seem to be capacitors.
    The laptop is a Clevo P750DM-G

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  2. Khenglish

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    That is bizarre. Sometimes one cap fails, shorts the card, but the rest of the caps are fine. I have never seen so many caps fail at once. It's almost like the card's input voltage got raised too high.

    You need to remove every burned cap. In the spots where the copper pads for the caps melted you may need to sand out the melted copper.
     
  3. hacktrix2006

    hacktrix2006 Hold My Vodka, I going to kill my GPU

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    Firstly ouch, also the same @Khenglish i have never seen so many caps fail like that.

    Now with the green PCB could it be a G-Cube MXM module?
     
  4. MKazmer

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    The system I'm running this in is a Clevo P750DM-G, I've been running this GTX1060 for nearly 2.5 years and I don't push it hard all the time, but it has seen quite a bit of use. What's weird about this is that it made a pop noise and the computer shutdown. It then managed to start up and run decent for another 2 days before it popped again and would not turn on. I tried holding the power button down, but the power brick would have a repetitive click click click click noise. So I figured it was hardware and opened up the machine to find the GPU looking like what you see below. The first picture with black spots was before I cleaned it up a little. I don't think this card is repairable and I'm not going to even try. I already ordered a Quadro p4200 to replace it.

    Should I be concerned about installing the new graphic card? I'm concerned that whatever caused this to happen, but do the same to the new graphic card. Can anyone tell me why this might have happened?

    Thank you
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  5. MKazmer

    MKazmer Notebook Consultant

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    Thank you for the replies. I did not alter the voltage at all for this card. Also, I have a P4200 that I want to install in this machine, but I'm concerned about frying that one too. Could there be a problem with my motherboard that is causing this?

    I have another question. Is there a way I can test my motherboard for a failure without having a graphic card in the machine? From my understanding, the system won't turn on because it cannot test for the sensors of the graphic card. However, when I try to boot the machine without the graphic card, the power button light does turn on. When the graphic card is in, it will not turn on at all. When I hold the power buttom down with the graphic card in, the PSU just quietly clicks.
    I tried removing all of the capacitors and cleaned up the leads, but perhaps it wasn't enough. I might just stick the new gpu in and go for it, but I really don't want to fry a new gpu.
     
  6. MKazmer

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    Hacktrix2006,
    This is a Eurocom GTX1060, though I don't blame the construction as the result for this catastrophic failure. One thing to note is that my battery was replaced recently since it would no longer hold a charge and since the power cable is a little loose now, the computer had a few unexpected shutdowns before the new battery arrived. Perhaps the combination of the fans stopping suddenly with a hot card while under load played a role in weakening the capacitors?

    My concern is whether or not the motherboard is still good, or safe for the new card to be installed in. I believe the GPU actually shorted out.
     
  7. Khenglish

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    For the way that card failed, no one can say anything in your laptop is ok. Mass capacitor failure is not a good sign.
     
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    My thoughts are that the GPU was a crappy card. I've seen people having problems with the green PCB 1060s and 1070s from GeCube, but never with the black PCB ones from MSI. The MSI ones are very robust and good quality.
     
  9. MKazmer

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    Is there a way I can test the motherboard without a GPU? If not, I will make a WTB post here for an old GPU. I don't think it even needs to be a working GPU, just something that isn't shorted and will pass POST. I've tried removing all the failed caps, but it still won't power on. The fact that the computer powers on without the GPU is probably a good sign, but it won't work because it lacks the GPU temp sensors and it's not enough to convince me that everything is ok.

    Alternatively, if I could remove the short on the GPU, then I could use my damaged GPU. I do have a good multimeter and decent soldering skills. I will start looking for the MXM pinout and test the leads to see if I can clean them up and get it to work. Any advice for this would be appreciated.

    Thank you
     
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    I got a very good deal on a Quadro P4000 and bought it to test in my system. I installed it today and the motherboard is good and the system recognizes it, but I cannot get the NVIDIA driver to install. I modded the inf file as I have done in the past, and it begins the actual installation, but fails less than half way into it. Advice will be greatly appreciated.
     
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