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replacing ram on voodoo 3?

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flaming gerbil

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I know this is probably a really dumb question, so here it goes: Is it possible to remove the ram chips on a voodoo 3 3000 and replace them with different ram? example adding 4 meg chips so it becomes a 32 meg card. I 've used the search engine and found no one asking this question, so it must be a really bad question. I apologize, but would still appreciate an answer. If your feeling especially generous I also have one more question: I used crazy glue to attach a active heatsink to the GPU and it's running hotter than before. Is there any way to safely remove a heatsink crazy glued to a GPU? (by the way I did use thermal grease, but there was still epoxy on the gpu so I'm probably not getting good suface contact.) If I can remove the heatsink is there a way to smooth down the residual glue on the gpu to getting better contact with the heatsink?
 

Jason

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well its not worth it your better off buying a better video card lol otherwise you would have to
unsolder it(which if you slip you can say byby to it) then you ahve to make your own drivers etc redo stuff on it cause some resistors migt not be right for higher ram and its not worth it unless you got a year to do nothing

im sellinv a V5 5500 for 100$ :) wink wink
 

SP

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No, you can't do it. The maximum amount of memory the GPU on the voodoo3 could address was 16Mbytes anyway. That's why there were no 32MB voodoo3 cards. So, even if it was practicle, which it wouldn't be even if it was possible, it wouldn't be possible due to the fact there aren't enough address lines on the GPU and it couldn't access the additional memory. Another limitation of the doodoo architechure. Oops, I mean voodoo.

If you could trade it for a TNT2 Ultra then you could have 32MBytes of memory and be able to do 32Bit color or, even better, you could just look at maybe a new Geforce2 card. That's what ebays for. To unload your old obsolete stuff on poor ignorant fools and then use the funds you recieve on something better.

The voodoo3 was the beginning of the end for 3DFX. If you look at all the limitations that the voodoo architechure had compared to it's competiters, it's pretty easy to see why they fell by the wayside.
 

mudguts

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One of my other hobbies is building plastic model aircraft and since superglue came on the scene..well we build em alot faster now. I know this may be too much info for everybody ,...but what the hell. It typically comes in three grades by consistency. Thick, medium and thin. The thin stuff is what you can typically buy all over. If you go to a hobby shop..you can find what I think is called "de-ecelerator" which is supposed to dissolve the superglue. I have never used it myself...but I have used "eccelerator" which comes in a little spray bottle and upon a squirt of it..(typically used with the thick stuff because it gives you time to position the parts) instantly solidifys the glue. Hope this helps...good lucK!
 
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flaming gerbil

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thanks. mudguts, will the glue remover dmage the gpu? what about freezing the video card. maybe it will make the glue brittle. it shouldn't dmage the electronics as long as i let it come up to room temp. (I once had a tv shipped to me in a freezer truck!)
 

[OC]_SR20DE

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flaming gerbil,
yes the previous thermal epoxy stuff that was on the GPU caused to not make the full contact of your HSF and GPU surface. Everytime when you re-apply thermal grease or else, be sure to remove any of debris, thermal grease, etc.. by using an alcohol to help remove it and if you can't get rid of it 100%, then you can use very fine maybe 1500- 2100 rated sand-paper and sand the GPU and HSF surface. Do it very carefully on the GPU so that you won't make that surface uneven. Just sand it very little.. just enough to get rid of that debris. Once it's done, you should feel it very smooth by finger touch. Then wipe the debris off the GPU and you're ready to apply the new thermal stuff and ready to go.. :) good luck
 
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Me

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I went to comp usa and bought a kyro 2 64meg ram and the card SUCKS!!!!!!!! I put my overclocked 195 mhz voodoo 3 agp back in and used that instead.
 

SP

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Me (Jun 09, 2001 10:09 p.m.):
I went to comp usa and bought a kyro 2 64meg ram and the card SUCKS!!!!!!!! I put my overclocked 195 mhz voodoo 3 agp back in and used that instead.

I've seen other people on other forums saying the same thing about the Kryo II. Apparently, it's not all that certain websites made it out to be and doesn't seem to quite be able to live up to all the hype.

As for removing the super glue, you might try fingernail polish remover. If that doesn't work perhaps acetone will, but if you do try acetone be careful and try not to get it onto other components because it may attack some plastics.
 

Nagorak

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SP (Jun 09, 2001 04:11 a.m.):
That's what ebays for. To unload your old obsolete stuff on poor ignorant fools and then use the funds you recieve on something better.
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I don't think that's really a fair statement. The most you'll get for a V3 on Ebay is around $30-40. It's not that the people are ignorant, they are just looking for a nice cheap card. You can pick up a V3 now for MUCH less than a GF2. And hey, maybe they're not avid gamers.

Ebay has been a really useful tool for me, because it has allowed me to get rid of equipment I didn't like for whatever reason. It doesn't mean that the stuff I sold was defective, it worked fine, I just wasn't happy with it. Other people who buy it can use the stuff perfectly fine, so it's not like they were ripped off.