Thank you very much for the points you mentioned.
Unfortunately, I am pretty sure I did not follow any ESD handling protocols.
So, that could be the reason behind the damage.
I took your idea and booted into windows with a different card while the 4890 was plugged as well.
The MB has two PCI-E slots. Sadly, the card is not recognized by Windows 7.
I think I will go ahead with the baking idea.
Thanks for your reply.
Yes, the fan is working and the 3 red flashing lights indicates there are no problems.
(There are 3 LEDs that flash on boot up. I read that if the lights stay on, that means there is a problem.
In my case they don't...actually that was a big part in me believing the card is not dead.)
Yes, I did apply new thermal paste, but that was not done after the first re-assembly.
I did that the second time I dissembled the sink.
The RAMs do have some padding. I don't think there is a problem there.
The padding is sitting where it is supposed to be.
I did check the board for damaged parts...I did not see any broken/damaged parts.
I know the baking idea is not a definite cure..but I have nothing to lose.
I do have warranty on the card, but I live in Saudi Arabia. My brother bought the card for
me while he was in the US. I spotted the Newegg
offer for the card. It was selling for $70.
I asked him to buy it and he did. If I wanted to take advantage of the warranty,
I would probably end up with a great shipping cost. That's why I chose to handle
the rattling fan on my own.
Thanks for the support. I will let you know if I get lucky with the baking thing.
See you around.