Fresh Off the Oven: One Repaired Video Card

August 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Tricks

Fresh Off the Oven: One Repaired Video Card

Baking a video card (as in an oven) to repair it sounds like total idiocy, but there’s a method to the madness. As anyone with computer hardware experience knows, solder joints sometimes crack over time, cutting the connections between electronic components and causing hardware failure.

Expose those joints to constant heat, in an oven set to 200 to 275 degrees centigrade, and the lead will melt, clearing out any cracks and reconnecting the joints. After the card has seen enough baking, ...read more

NVIDIA Releases Drivers for Windows 7 RC1

April 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tools

NVIDIA Releases Drivers for Windows 7 RC1

Coinciding with the release of Windows 7 release candidate 1 (today for MSDN and Technet subscribers and on the 5th for the laymen), NVIDIA has released drivers for the OS. The package comes in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors The tech-heads over at Anandtech declare version 185.81 “much more polished” than 185.71, released for the first beta version of Windows 7.

Why is this development important? Well, anyone wanting to run their NVIDIA graphics cards properly on Windows 7 will obviously need ...read more