Hi silent folks!
Yesterday my graphics card gave up the ghost (in the middle of a Dota session!). There was a somewhat nasty smell, a few seconds before it gave.
At least I think it did, as the PC refused to boot. And according to Abit-beep-speech *beeeeeeeep-beep-beep* means graphics card is naughty.
Finally found the time today to take off the cooler and found an inductor rattling underneath it. At least that what I think it is (says Magic R60 on the side). Though it doesn't seem to have been damaged - see (grainy) photograph.
Well, the PCB doesn't look to bad either, though a bit of the top-coat has come off, revealing the shiny coppery insides. I've highlighted where the inductor used to sit (according to other images of the webz).
Feasible to re-solder it? I thought it might have been a dry joint that finally heated up too much. And the nasty odour was a result of that.
But since I have zero experience with this, I thought I'd shoot a question into the blue.
The PC is 6 1/2 years old, but still does it's duty. Buying a new card would be kind of stupid for such an old machine. Now my loan Quadro FX550 is driving me mental (doesn't do 1440p and the tiny fan buzzzzzzzzzes).