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My Graphics card died. The PC couldn't even boot - the motherboard gave a beep code indicating that it couldn't find a GPU. After replacing the device the PC worked again.

Is there anything I can do with the dead GPU now? Would it be worth anything to anyone, and is it possible that it is repairable?

Or should I just throw it away?

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If it is really damaged you could try the oven trick. Report us, if it has worked :D –  nixda Jan 24 '13 at 21:54
Is it possible that it is repairable? Yes. Is it easily repaired? Depends on how it is broken and the equipment that you have access to. If you have the proper equipment and are well versed in surface mount soldering you could probably repair it. Assuming you could diagnose the problem. Do you have the schematics for the board and an oscilloscope and a good function/wave generator? If you do then you might be able to diagnose it. –  EBGreen Jan 24 '13 at 21:57
I'm told they make excellent doorstops. –  Jonathan Garber Jan 24 '13 at 22:01
Regarding the oven trick: various sources claim it's not a good idea to use a domestic oven as the card may give out toxic fumes, which is plausible given the lead content. –  Oliver Jan 24 '13 at 22:17
The issues with the 8800 and its family are well documented (the laptop varients had massive issues, and the desktop varients fail interestingly after 7-8 years), as is the oven trick.I have had two 8XXX series die on me, and apparently the family has a design/materials flaw. My answer here has some references.Its possible to very carefully take apart a graphics card - did it with my old 8800s before I tossed them out Supposedly a hot air gun would work too, or you need to find someone who can rework a BGA chip ;p –  Journeyman Geek Jan 25 '13 at 5:20

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In most circuit boards there are precious metals used like gold, silver and/or copper.

Unfortunately it is not worth the worth the effort and cost to try and extract it on a single circuit board, its only profitable if you have a really large amount of them. So best you can do is bring it to your local recycling station or scrap yard, and they will dispose of it properly.

In Europe they have passed a law that all printed circuit boards aka. PCB or pcbs be manufactured with RoHS. Which basically means there can be no lead in the circuit boards. This means you could also just throw it in the garbage, and when it makes its way to your local landfill no lead can leak out into your water system. USA does manufacturer RoHS PCBs but it is not required, so in the US you should never just dump them in a garbage bin.

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Unless of course its clearly marked on the product and/or advertised as being a RoHS product right? –  Ramhound Jan 25 '13 at 14:13
yes that is correct, although I would personally always better be safe than sorry and never dispose of it in the garbage –  Bart Koopman Jan 25 '13 at 14:17
In the EU, there are also WEEE regulations (or at least in the UK, I'm fairly sure that carries across all EU countries). There will be somewhere local that will take the electronics off your hands and recycle them properly; for me there's a bin next to the glass and paper recycling in my local supermarket car park. The local council would have details. –  me_and Feb 2 '13 at 14:38

To atone for the doorstop comment I left on the question:

No, a dead card has no use as a graphics card. If you do not want to put it to alternate use, find out whether your community does electronics recycling and turn it in there. (My area does a collection of used consumer electronics every six months or so and encourages residents to bring them in to avoid contaminating the landfill.) Some places will collect them, some will not, but do not place items in the garbage if you're in the US, as Bart Koopman notes.

However, if you're willing to put the dead card to an alternate use before disposal, it would make a great teaching tool. If you have children, spend a Saturday tearing the card apart and seeing what components go into it. If you don't, see whether any of your friends with children would like it. Most people wouldn't care to spend that much money on a teaching exercise, but the card is dead anyway, so why not have someone learn from it before disposing of it?

Finally, if you're willing to go to the expense, enclosing a card in hard transparent synthetic would make a decent doorstop. (And hey, it is recycling of a sort.)

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Try the Oven trick ٩◔̯◔۶

(If you're out of warranty and the card is dead, you have nothing to lose.
Plus you can show your mother a new recipe)

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Even lifehacker had mentioned that method. There is a debate on how long you should bake it :)

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