My video card is uber-noisy

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  1. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Started around 3am, the video card's fan is making alot more noise than it ever did before. Its so loud it woke me up, and I shut off the computer.

    Started it up this morning and its just as loud, I can hear it from 2 rooms over.

    Card is a Radeon X800XL I've had it for a few years.

    Does this mean its time for a new card, or is there a way to troubleshoot the fan?
     
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    turn off the pc. flick the fan to spin it, does it spin free with no noise?
    if it spins, but seems a little restricted and lets out a rumble, it means that a bearing has gone bad

    let the computer cool down for a while, then turn it on. if its quiet at first, then gets noisy, it should be replaced. all the heat and vibration over the years has gotten to it.

    i've had it happen a cpu fan and a hard drive cooler in the past month. waiting for another one, because they usually happen in 3s


    good thing is that you might be able to find a nice heatpipe or heatsink setup that would make it silent
     
  3. IslanderOffRoad

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    things happen in 3's on computers too?

    Good. I just had to reformat due to an f'ed up drive, and had my CD burner get stuck shut. Hopefully after this I'm done.

    For now, I just installed ATI tools and dropped the fan speed manually. I'm monitoring the temp and I went up to 48 degrees from 47 with a 10% drop, and probably a 50% drop in noise.
     
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    You can just peel the sticker off the back of the fan and put a couple drops of oil on the end of the spindle. That'll shut it up.
     
  5. IslanderOffRoad

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    i dont know much about computers but this sounds like a horrible idea.
     
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    i've done it a few times. as long as the bearings haven't grinded for a long time without lube, it usually fixes the problem

    i have also come across fans that don't have an opening for lube, so your mileage my vary
     
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    It works fine. Have you never oiled something that was squeaky before?
     
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    yes, but they tend to not be electric components.
     
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    I fried my 9800XT back in like 03 trying to install something like that. Anyway, point I'm trying to get at is that it's not a good idea for newbies like I was to be playing with the video card. (Not calling anyone a newbie, just throwing out general advice for anyone reading).
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    I guess it's good that oil doesn't conduct electricity.

    It will be fine. I have a long and illustrious history of re-oiling motors in any and all applications.
     
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    we're talking a drop or two of oil.... not pouring a quart of oil in there. I've done the same dozens of times with my machines without problem, most recently to my video card. All you need to do is peel the sticker back, put a drop of oil on the bearing and spin the fan to let the oil work it's way in. Let the oil seep into the bearing and then take a q-tip and clean up any excess. Cleaning up the excess isn't really necessary but I always prefer to do it as dust and crud can stick to the oil.
     
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    what sticker?
     
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    The back side of the fan is usually covered by a sticker. Peel it off. If the back of the fan is completely sealed, or if the fan is embedded in the heatsink, then it's not going to work. In that case, you'll have to buy a new fan.
     

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