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Video Card Fan Removal

By strrlvr
Oct 24, 2002
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  1. I have a new GeForce4 Ti4200 video card. I also have a Thermaltake Crystal Orb video Chipset Cooling Fan. I thought I could just replace the generic fan that came with the card, and use my Thermaltake.

    My Problem is that I can't get the generic fan off the video card. I can unscrew the Fan, but the cirular heatsink won't budge. No Screws, No pins, nothing! I've applied pressure, twisted, and still nothing!

    Are some of these fans/heatsinks glued to the chipset? Can anyone think of an easy way to remove this?

    Help!

    :( :(
  2. Supra

    Supra TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 236

    Yes a lot of video cards have their heatsinks glued on. I've heard heat can soften the glue and make it easier to remove them. What brand of card do you have? The heatsink on it might do better than a orb.
  3. strrlvr

    strrlvr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    VisionTek
  4. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Yes, either a benchmark round to get the card real hot (you might even disable the fan for a few minutes

    Or, put it in the fridge (inside a plastric bag to prevent moisture)

    should help if it's glued on...
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Put it in an electrostatic bag and shove the puppy in a freezer. it should pop right off, and is safer than heating...
  6. mynameis

    mynameis TechSpot Member Posts: 22

    on my geforce 3 ti200 I just took a screwdriver and pryed it off, prolly not the smartest thing I have ever done but it worked
  7. strrlvr

    strrlvr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    None of this worked for me. I can't get it to budge. I'll live w/ it!
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    The freezer doesn't work??? I've never heard of any thermal glue that can hold up...

    Putting a new cooler on it isn't a big deal unless you're overclocking...

    Can you take the fan off and replace it with the Crystal Orb, and leave the heatsink on?
  9. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    A wood butterknife can be qite useful...

    You might need to use quite a bit of violence...

    If this doesn't work a sharp razor will get it of, though it takes much more time...
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    ugh... violence and computer parts.... ughh!!! I'm scared! :eek:
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