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Old 02-12-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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I purchased an HP PC about a year ago. I feel I got a really good deal on it, purchased from Office Max for around $500 (used my previous monitor).

I decided to upgrade the video card so I would have better graphics and an HDMI output ect. Also good for blue ray movies ect.

Only problem is a couple of months ago the fan on it started making noise. I took the side off the case and fired up the computer and isolated the noise to the video card fan.

Is there any kind of a lubricant I can use on the fan shaft or is it just a bad fan and should I just bite the bullet and buy a new card?

Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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One side of the fan should have a sticker on it, remove the sticker which will exposes the shaft. Take the fan off the card if the side with the sticker is not exposed. Put one drop of common household oil like 3in1 on it.

If its still noisy you can always buy a new fan.
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Is this a small (20-30 mm) fan? If so - it is not surprising that it is making noise. Small fans spin fast and they generally don't last long.

On most fans I have used, the fan can't be meaningfully lubricated. They have either ball bearing or sleeve bearing, and the bearing is underneath the center portion of the plastic fan blade.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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I had a video card that made some noise... I was cleaning the inside of the case and decided to use compressed air to get all the dust out... I gave the fan on the video card a good blow and cleaned the blades off... It made a big difference in the noise..
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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I purchased an HP PC about a year ago.

upgrade the video card

a couple of months ago the fan on it started making noise.
OK ...
PC less than a year old, or is more than one year old ?...

Means the video card is about the same age ?

Any kind of warranty left ?
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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Thanks for the input folks. I will try giving the fan a good cleaning as suggested. Regarding the warranty I believe both the PC and the card are over a year old now.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:52 PM
 
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alternatively you can install MSI Afterburner and if it's a supported model you should have a fan control thing available
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:28 PM
 
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You can use some compressed air on the fan to get a good chunk of the dust (if that's the problem) out, then use a q-tip and rub it around in between the fan blades to get out the rest. That's my technique anyway.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:24 AM
 
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alternatively you can install MSI Afterburner and if it's a supported model you should have a fan control thing available
Speaking of MSI, I'm very impressed with how quiet is my MSI card. It's my second purchase of the same model (AMD chipset) of the card -- the first was made by Diamond and the fan was considerably louder. MSI is now my first choice in AMD based cards.
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:47 AM
 
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and the bearing is underneath the center portion of the plastic fan blade.
Hence the reason you have to take off the sticker.


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