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So recently I decided to try resurrecting my faulty Dell XPS 1210 laptop. It worked well for a few years, but got very hot. Eventually it developed an issue where the screen would change colors, almost like it was reverting to 256 color mode or something, kind of a watercolor effect. Then it would switch back to normal, and repeat every 10 minutes or so. Needless to say, it rendered the machine useless for photoshop work, and in 2010 I replaced it. It had been sitting on my shelf ever since.
  I had done some research on baking motherboards in the oven in order to re-flow the solder connections, but decided it was rather a lot of work for a computer I didn't really use. But a few weeks ago I found a recent Gizmodo article about a successful bake on a Dell XPS 120, just like mine. That decided things...I was going to try.
I stripped the computer down to the bare motherboard (and was careful to remove the CPU!), shielded the whole thing with foil except for the GPU (apparently it's the Nvidia GPUs of this time period that overheat and fail, similar to the Xbox 360's red ring of death failure). I removed all the stickers from board first, so they didn't burn in the oven.
I propped the foil-wrapped board up on some foil balls atop a cookie sheet, then baked at 350C for 4 minutes, flipped it over, baked for another 4 minutes, then shut the oven off, opened the door, and let it cool slowly.
After half an hour or so, I pulled the foil off. Or tried to.

Pro tip: if you wrap the whole thing in foil except for the target area, the stickers probably won't burn, so don't bother removing them. If you pull off the stickers (as I did) AND foil wrap it, the foil will STICK to the remaining adhesive on the board. You will then have a godawful time trying to remove shreds of stuck aluminum foil from your motherboard. Arghhhh.

After laboriously scraping off the stuck foil, I re-installed the board and all the other components, and to my surprise, the laptop fired up. I have not run it for very long yet, but the display problem seems to be fixed!!
The whole thing took me a few hours, including disassembly and reassembly.

So if you have a computer that is truly on its last legs, or won't even display anything on the screen...a motherboard bake might be worth the effort!
MadMerc by Spex84
MadMerc
Saw the latest Mad Max:Fury Road trailer recently and was reminded of the "MadVan" sketch I did a while back. Was also looking at the Revell '49 Mercury model kit I have sitting on a shelf, and some extra 4X4 parts, and wondered if maybe it would make a good post-apoc build someday. So here's a concept for it!
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AlienScape by Spex84
AlienScape
Here's the image that I reworked into "Space Moab". Photoshop, and a bunch of chunks from Mandelbulb.
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Deluxe: Drag Race by Spex84
Deluxe: Drag Race
Another image in the Deluxe series. This time at a generic early 60s drag strip in SoCal.
3D blockout painted over in PS. The 55 Chevy is a model that has been available online for some time; I think it was a GTA San Andreas mod. The quality of the mesh is abysmal, but it works for painting on top of.
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'30 Ford for GTA IV: flathead version! by Spex84
'30 Ford for GTA IV: flathead version!
This is the work-in-progress update to my '30/31 Ford mod for GTA IV. It has been fully re-textured and set up to make new paint jobs easy to do with templates, and easier to swap out the wheels, engine, and even body and frame if I so desire.
It has a 59AB flathead with dual stromberg carburetors, '34 Ford wire wheels, a removable roof panel, and a weathered patina paint job.
 I'm on the fence whether to release it now, or wait until GTA V comes out on PC and see if that game becomes moddable soon.
I'm kind of over GTA IV by now :P It's been a long, long wait for V.
Here's some video of the car in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6eWEG…
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So recently I decided to try resurrecting my faulty Dell XPS 1210 laptop. It worked well for a few years, but got very hot. Eventually it developed an issue where the screen would change colors, almost like it was reverting to 256 color mode or something, kind of a watercolor effect. Then it would switch back to normal, and repeat every 10 minutes or so. Needless to say, it rendered the machine useless for photoshop work, and in 2010 I replaced it. It had been sitting on my shelf ever since.
  I had done some research on baking motherboards in the oven in order to re-flow the solder connections, but decided it was rather a lot of work for a computer I didn't really use. But a few weeks ago I found a recent Gizmodo article about a successful bake on a Dell XPS 120, just like mine. That decided things...I was going to try.
I stripped the computer down to the bare motherboard (and was careful to remove the CPU!), shielded the whole thing with foil except for the GPU (apparently it's the Nvidia GPUs of this time period that overheat and fail, similar to the Xbox 360's red ring of death failure). I removed all the stickers from board first, so they didn't burn in the oven.
I propped the foil-wrapped board up on some foil balls atop a cookie sheet, then baked at 350C for 4 minutes, flipped it over, baked for another 4 minutes, then shut the oven off, opened the door, and let it cool slowly.
After half an hour or so, I pulled the foil off. Or tried to.

Pro tip: if you wrap the whole thing in foil except for the target area, the stickers probably won't burn, so don't bother removing them. If you pull off the stickers (as I did) AND foil wrap it, the foil will STICK to the remaining adhesive on the board. You will then have a godawful time trying to remove shreds of stuck aluminum foil from your motherboard. Arghhhh.

After laboriously scraping off the stuck foil, I re-installed the board and all the other components, and to my surprise, the laptop fired up. I have not run it for very long yet, but the display problem seems to be fixed!!
The whole thing took me a few hours, including disassembly and reassembly.

So if you have a computer that is truly on its last legs, or won't even display anything on the screen...a motherboard bake might be worth the effort!

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:iconorphydian:
Orphydian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
spex84.deviantart.com/art/Revo…

 

Hey

 

I would be honored to feature this work in my freshly opened group. Its specialised on high detailed military illustrations and it will host only the finest deviations and will gather some of the most talented artists.

arsmilitaria.deviantart.com/

I sent the request. You have to confirm it.

You are also warmly invited to join.

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catazarch Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for the visit :3
watched!
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Quigonjinncosplay Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Your Work, the Style, your themes - all are mine too ! Hot Stuff !
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PapayaPirate Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave!
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:iconricehunta:
ricehunta Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love your work dude c: 
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CrazyRocherKa92 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow beautiful works!! Clap 
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Deusoverkill Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome gallery man! Watching! I'm on fire! 
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Ryder-Sechrest Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you do commissions? cause i am REALLY considering hiring you
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:iconmakkon:
Makkon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Bro.

You should make a gumroad tutorial. I'd buy the crap out of it.

ALSO HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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:iconspex84:
Spex84 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Thanks so much man!
  I've been trying to figure out what I know that I could make a tutorial out of. It's tough! But I recently did some experimenting with Bandicam and Audacity, and have the ability to make some basic vids now.
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You should make gumroad tuts about those TF2 pieces you've been doing. People friggin love fan art, you'd get rich! lol.
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