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SamuraiJake



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:16 pm    Post subject: VideoCard fan Dying? Reply with quote

For the past few weeks, my videocard's fan has been making a very loud hum sound. It happens at random times and stops when I shut down the PC and turn the fan with my fingers. I've read on a few sites that the video card's fan (Arctic Cooling Silencer) has a tendency of dying after a few months of service. I'd hate to have to buy another video card because the one I have costed $400. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy replacement fans for some cards.
What vid card do you have?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HiS Excaliber Radeon X800 Pro IceQ II
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found there website you can click on contact and email them asking where to get a new fan.

http://www.hisdigital.com/html/home.php

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga1.php
good luck !!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help guys!

I think I managed to find the problem, turns out it wasn't a dying fan. It appears that it was getting a little loose, fixed it by pushing the fan up a bit and it stopped. Very strange. :?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are still having problems..there are cooling units that they sell that replace the fan.

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=61

this one is made for the x800 or x850
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

then of course if I had been awake when i read toes reply...doh
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPU cooling..........for the most part I find "stock" coolers to be junk, susceptible to short lives and inefficiency.

If and when it comes time to replace your cooler give Zalman a look see.
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SamuraiJake



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maggot wrote:
GPU cooling..........for the most part I find "stock" coolers to be junk, susceptible to short lives and inefficiency.

If and when it comes time to replace your cooler give Zalman a look see.


I have to agree with you when it comes to most stock cooling devices. Thats why I got this video card because it had a pre-built Arctic Cooling fan and heatsink. Hearing that it was a pretty good cooler, I couldn't help myself into getting it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

God damn! It happened again after I turned on my PC after a two-day shut-off. It seems that it gets loose when it's not running which is really odd. I'll look into this issue more, but if anyone can clarify on why this happens, let me know.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jake I hope your using thermal paste, my son got a new game and it was locking up.I checked the temp on the xt9800 it was 90 c. !! way to hot.
I took off the fan, 2 screws had the spring one screw was solid. I got some artic silver and reapplied the heat sink-fan and I added a small fan over the top of the video card. Now it running at 70c I even got it over clocked since itís running so cool. I hear itís good to reapply the thermal past from time to time. about the screws coming lose I would see if your getting a good seat from the heat sink to the vidio cpu I guess you could use a small amount of threadlock but I donít see why you would need that.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never had to apply any thermal paste. The video card stays at a stable 30 degrees. I've never seen it overheat or go over 45 degrees.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

30 c is 86 f. sounds to cool to be true. It's the connection from the fan to the heat sink that getting lose. ?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may be wrong on how warm it gets, but the program I used to check said that (I don't have the program anymore and can't remember the name). I'm not sure if it's the connection that's getting loose or not, I'll have to take a look if it happens again.
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