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Video card is making strange noises!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by monkey1580, Feb 17, 2007.

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  1. monkey1580

    monkey1580 Thread Starter

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    Hiya everybody! My video card, which is a GeForce FX 5200 works fine, except for one minor problem.... well I don't know if I would call it exactly minor.

    I'll enlighten you with the story so you can get a background about my problem.

    I play video games. A lot. Especially World of Warcraft. One, while I was NOT playing, my computer suddenly started making this EXTREMELY annoying sound. I cannot explain this sound... It is a sort of grinding/whirring sound, or a cross between the two. At first, I thought that it was my motherboard or hard drive. I knew nothing of the sound, only that if I banged on my PC, it would stop, but only for a few seconds, 30 at most. Eventually, I took the case off my computer and started poking around with a plastic pen cap. I listened VERY closely, and was able to determine it was INDEED my video card which was making the noise.

    Well, I started poking around my video card at one point. I am VERY hardware illiterate guys, I know everything about running programs on a PC, but close to nothing about what is physically in my PC. I had NO CLUE video cards had ventilation fans. I stuck my pen cap into the fan, and TA DA, the noise stopped. Now even I have common sense . I left it in there for a while, but I became nervous that maybe the card might overheat.

    I've tried dusting it, I've tried cleaning it. I haven't tried removing it because I'm more than sure something will go wrong. The fan says "Appolo graphics" on it, although I am sure my video card is a GeForce FX 5200.

    Now my question to you guys. Is this it? Must I take my computer to a repair man or buy a new video card? Or is hope not lost? Can I leave my pen cap in the fan to stop the noise? Any and ALL help is GREATLY appreciated!
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    You don't want to leave the fan jammed because the card can overheat and then you'll be buying a new card. Get a can of compressed air and blow the dust out of the fan. That may (at least temporarily) stop the noise.
     
  3. SmartParts97

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    if blowing the dust out dosen't work you could always replace the fan urself to save yourself alot more money than replacing the card..
     
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