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    I'm getting major artifacts in game at stock clocks with my 4890. It has caused freezing and immediate shutdowns. I go to enter my RMA info with Powercolor and it says I am out of warranty. What is this bull****? I don't have the money to replace it.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    4890 is an old card, most warranty only last 1yr, rarely 3yrs or a lifetime.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    I guess it's off to kijiji to find a new card. Thank god it's christmas so I'll be getting money. Been applying for jobs for quite a few months, but no luck.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    Many EVGA cards carry a lifetime warranty if you register them right away.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    Bake it.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    yeeah thats one way to do it, but baking only helps if there are cold solders ( the ones that snapped) and in such case the card wont power on at all (like guy mentioned in vid) . Since you are getting artifacts then it more points down to VRMS burning out. So if you are still able to used the card 2d i wouldnt bake it as you may do more damage than good beacuse instead of fixing the solders you may brake them by baking.

    edit: actually speaking of 4890 mine one died 2 weeks ago as well, but it doesnt disaplay anything. Hmm maybe I'll bake it and give it to my daughter...

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    I have been dealing with sparkle computer for a couple of years now, All of there graphic cards have a lifetime warranty on them just have to go online and register also save a copy of your
    reciept to mail in if you have problems. I just sent in my sons 450 gts after they received it they had one in the mail in 2 days for return to me. Great customer service in my opinion yes there are more well known companys out there but hard to beat how sparkle has treated me. I have my sons resolution set on 1768 x 992 and it gets 70 fps in bf3 over 90 on mw3 and 300 on dods.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    Hate to state the obvious, but....

    I had a 4890 that began artifacting, would freeze at times or the entire screen would take on a blue tint. This was coupled with increased temps. I naturally assumed it was a hardware issue, but in the end turned out to be a bad Catalyst update. A simple uninstall and reinstall did not fix it, but uninstall using Driver Sweeper did.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    The driver Idea is certainly worth a try. Do this first.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Bake it.
    Thinking about it, this is not a bad Idea. It doesn't work now, and it's way past the warranty it carried. (EVGA has Lifetime)
    If there is a chance that this will work, it's worth a shot.

    ~Then~ go and buy a new card if it doesn't.

    Good luck with this,.....

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    ....but in the end turned out to be a bad Catalyst update. A simple uninstall and reinstall did not fix it, but uninstall using Driver Sweeper did.
    Seems pretty obvious & simple too as Ciarlatano mentioned ..running Driver sweeper when working with uninstalling /reinstalling AMD drivers these days is pretty savy advice for a sanity check to try before attempting to bake anything.
    Another thing you may want to look into before baking anything is to save your cards current vid bios and re-flash it to a newer version if one is available for you card , or simply re-flash it.Install drivers.
    Whether the bake method will work ?
    A new card may be in the future.
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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    Criss, like Ciarlatano said, if you recently updated your drivers roll back to the last good working driver you used before you try baking it, if you end up having to buy a new card, then go with either EVGA or XFX, like Neal said, EVGA cards carry a limited lifetime warranty, XFX carries a life time warranty also, but in their case you can actually sell the card or give it away,and transfer the warranty over to the next person. When ever I buy cards, I always go with EVGA, not only for the lifetime warranty, but also for their support & RMA dept as well as customer service.

    Asus is another good company with a excellent support and RMA dept, only problem here is that they do not offer a lifetime warranty.

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    Default Re: Out of warranty?

    And if you bake it just make sure to strip everything you can off off it you can.

    Did alot of research on it and seems to work in a majority of cases as to solder breaks.
    Good idea to Google it as to temps and times.

    I'd sure try it as to saving it.

    Later

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    Wow.. it worked. HA!! Thanks so much for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by criss_glitch666 View Post
    Wow.. it worked. HA!! Thanks so much for the info!
    What worked? The driver rollback?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    yeeah thats one way to do it, but baking only helps if there are cold solders ( the ones that snapped) and in such case the card wont power on at all (like guy mentioned in vid) . Since you are getting artifacts then it more points down to VRMS burning out. So if you are still able to used the card 2d i wouldnt bake it as you may do more damage than good beacuse instead of fixing the solders you may brake them by baking.

    edit: actually speaking of 4890 mine one died 2 weeks ago as well, but it doesnt disaplay anything. Hmm maybe I'll bake it and give it to my daughter...
    Not neccesarily

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