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Video Card making noise

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  1. windz

    windz Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I own an Eagle nVidia Geforce 4 MX440SE 64MB DDR/TV-out. The fan is making a vibrating sound which is very irritating. The sound is there all the time when the computer is running, not just when it is just powered up. Is there any way to reduce the sound or better yet, get rid of it?
     
  2. StillLearnin'

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    Either the fan is loose, the bearing is bad or the fan blades are hitting something. Get rid of it by replacing the fan with a new one. DON'T bother trying to "fix" it. It's not worth burning up your card!
     
  3. zeddy

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    Check that the heatsink is not loose
     
  4. windz

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    The heatsink is secure and screwed down tightly. The metal plates of the heatsink are a little apart from the plastic ring surrounding the fan. I think it's the problem with the fan/fan blades. The noise wasn't this bad when I first bought it three months ago. I wonder if the shop will cover changing the fan under warranty.
     
  5. zeddy

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    It should be covered under warranty.
     
  6. Triple6

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    Most likely it the fan can be replaced under warranty, or the entire card - thats what the place I work at does - we just replace the entire card and send it back. You don't want to run the card without a fan, we had several that only had a large heatsink, most have now been replaced because they crapped out - thats what happens when you try to cut costs. :(
     
  7. StillLearnin'

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    Like everyone else said, take the system back and see if they'll replace the whole card. It's no cost to them but the labor.
     
  8. windz

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    I'll take it back to the shop then.

    Thanks to everyone for your help.
     
  9. StillLearnin'

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    Good luck.
     
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