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Video card fan doesn't spin

By lfanswer
Apr 14, 2006
  1. I have a Geforce FX 5600 256mb, don't know the manufacturer. The fan on the vid card doesn't spin at all while the machine is on, and pretty much crashes whenever i try to do anything 3d(overheats). The fan itself as in the blades is completely intact(but it won't spin), but I think I might have broken some connection when I got into my case the other day with some Q-tips trying to get rid of dust. That will teach me to scrimp on compressed air cans.

    Anyways, anyone know how I can fix this problem, or do I need a new video card?
  2. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    You may be able to get away with taking the fan off and putting a slot blower in the slot right below the Video card. I however would only suggest trying this if getting a new card is out of the question or you can't find a replacement fan for the Video card. If you can find out the manufacture of that card a lot of the time you can just get a replacement fan from there.

    That is getting to be a pretty old and outdated card not if you have the funds I would maybe look to getting it replaced something like a FX6600 or something. Newer and will support more of the newer games an other 3d software for a few more years.
  3. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    There are aftermarket cooler/heatsink kits.. if you do a web search on Arctic VGA Silencers, these are the best.

    Unfortunately, unless you can get one for about $10 (some wholesaler sources sell them this cheaply), I'd say it's a better choice to just replace the videocard.

    You can get a sizeable upgrade (if that 5600 is AGP and not PCI) for around $60 USD (such as the Sapphire 9600 Pro @ NewEgg).

    Given how disposably priced low-end videocards have become, it's rarely worth repairing them.
  4. kerpunkin

    kerpunkin TS Rookie

    If its just your fan either buy a after market heatsink and fan or do like i did with a old ti-4200. I took a old heatsink and fan from a cpu i had and rigged it up and i tell you what that ti-4200 was so overclockable it was amazing.
    I took that card with a broke fan and turned it into a better card than it was brand new.
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