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Graphics card fan noise

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libervisco's picture
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This could be a stupid question, but I'll throw it in just in case anyway.. My "new" graphics card (older model really, and bought few months ago for support with free drivers) has a fan on it which has gotten noisy, to a point that it is really annoying and distracting.

So.. is there a way to spin that darn thing down a bit somehow? Is there a way to control this stuff? It doesn't have to stop spinning completely, but could at least be slower..

Or maybe I have to put a little bit of oil in it or something.. anything just to stop the noise.

If you've got any ideas.. thanks for sharing.

free-zombie's picture
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you could try replacing it

you could try replacing it with a passive cooler ;-)

libervisco's picture
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Ah well I might, but I'm

Ah well I might, but I'm building a new computer soon which will have to have a new card. The current one wont be supported because it's not PCI-E so it'll go to my sisters. If it'll annoy them too I might get a passive cooler or something..

I was just wondering whether there is some really easy and fast solution for it right now, for these days before buying new stuff.. to put that noise down a bit.

tbuitenh's picture
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The noise could be caused

The noise could be caused either by dust or by malfunction. You could try blowing out the dust with some canned air. On the other hand, since it's still new, it's surprising if it already accumulated enough dust to be noisy. Maybe you're "lucky" and the card will blow up, then maybe you can use the warranty to pay for a PCI-E card Laughing out loud .

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Well the computer was on

Well the computer was on all the time, as usual, and the card with it, so if the card had a bad quality fan I can imagine it getting klunky (or what's the word) enough to make noise while spinning. The powering up issues only discourages me further from powering down, in addition to the fact that it is basically an internet gateway for the other computer..

I'll check for the dust and try to blow some off, but I doubt it's that..

And.. being lucky if it blows up.. yeah I guess, but I would rather replace it than get a new one instead of it. The plan is for sisters to get the card so we both finally have 3D support properly.

Anyway, next card (the PCI-E one) will *have* to have passive cooling!

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