A rodent shitted on my GFX Card. What to do?

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  1. Cool G5

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    The unfortunate incident happened recently as my PC was lying in idle condition for a month or two since my monitor was conked off. I got a new LCD yesterday but when I attached it to my PC it show some garbled colour boxes & thats it. I switched off the computer & opened the cabinet, removed the graphics card only to find a rodent shitting inside my cabinet. It shitted on the back PCB of the graphic card. Though not much but still not the card got greasy. I cleaned the card gently with a soft hanky & then have kept it outside. I will now keep it in sunlight tomorrow to dry up.

    What else should I do guys? Is spraying WD-40 recommended?
     
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    saqib_khan I M A *STAR*

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    LOL..I had to do a image search for that "rodent" word. Yes, keep that card in Sunlight. I think that should solve the problemo.
     
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    Ohh sorry for that. Well let's see what happens ahead.

    What do you think of WD-40 spray guys?
     
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    No clue about the spray. If the card is in warranty, then NO, else, err... be careful with it.
     
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    If possible try to get some spirit and wash the places with it.

    AFAIK, spirits don't cause problems with circuit boards...
    The board will be cleaned and no moisture will be on it.
     
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    Be extremely careful while using liquid products on the card. If you had to RMA it and they detect a physical damage, then kiss your warranty good bye.

    I'm curios as to how a rodent actually got in there, not to mention pooping on the graphic card's PCB? :neutral:
     
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    The rodent got inside the cabinet from the opening of the floppy drive on front of the panel I guess since there is no way in apart from that.

    My card is not under warranty, so no option but to try recovery on my own. I have medical spirit bottle at home, will it do? No harm to the PCB right?
     
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    AFAIK, spirit is used to clean circuit boards. I've seen people cleaning borads with it (in repair centers)

    Don't directly put it there.
    Rinse cloth in it, or put a few drops in a particular spot on the cloth and wipe the spot with it.
     
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    If it's on the back of the card then you can scrub it very gently and make sure the concentration of spirit is very low.
     
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    Yup its on the back of the card. Will try cleaning it gently with a cloth in the afternoon.
    Will report later guys. :)
     
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    No improvement guys. The card fails to show up anything at all. :(
    What to do next?
     
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    if the card is still in warranty period, then take it to the place where u bought it and tell them to fix(replace) it..well, u dont need to say that a rodent shitted on it , do u?:wink:
    you know...i was doing some work on my computer and suddenly the screen went blank and then i restarted and the whole problem


    if not, ur doomed

    at least keep your place rodent free..btw was that a mouse?
     
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    Yes, the warranty period on his card is over abyss. Well, all I can say is, try getting the card repaired. AFAIK, AGP cards are costly, so buying a new one is not really economical.
     
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    Buying an AGO card is pointless now. It was pointless even when I bought this. I bought this card so that I can use my outdated computer for another year or so but now all my plans have gone down the drain. I can't even upgrade now.
     
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    Your card's problem may not be due to the shitting of the rodent :)). Once when i used my pc which had an agp ati 9550 card after about 2 months and there were some lines on the screen . I got it repaired for abut 400 bucks and the technician said that since i used it after a long time some chip on the card refused to work .

    PS : did you actually see the rodent shitting on the card or was the poop lying there from before !!:))
     
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    ^Mega LOL!

    Well, G5 try getting it repaired or try getting a good deal for a second hand AGP card. What's your config?
     
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    LOL, I've faced a similar problem, But I let rodent's sh*t dry for months and then removing it is very easily! :grin:
     
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    I'd advise against spirit. You don't know how concentrated it is. I'd run to the local store and get a bottle of iso-propyl alcohol. Thats the standard liquid used to clean PCBs and chips.

    You never know what conductive elements are in the "sh!t" So when you turned your computer on, something nasty may have happened.

    [Offtopic] Btw, I'm really curious to see the rodent that can get through the floppy drive slot! :)) [/Offtopic]
     
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    how about cleaning it with acetone(white PETROL) that wat these computer guys tell here. i hav seen many cleaning boards and mobiles using that liquid.
    BTW: sorry for the Loss gaurav
     
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    I have already cleaned the PCB with Spirit which had 70% Isopropyl Alcohol content. The rodent go inside through the floppy drive bay which doesn't hold floppy drive anymore(Removed the drive due to non-use).

    Azeem, I'm sure it was a rodent ****.

    I will try posting a image of the graphic card PCB soon. Currently don't have my digicam with me. I even suspect some minute components to burst or burn but still not sure.
     
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