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GPU fan stuck, cleaning doesn't work

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May 7, 2013 7:39:11 AM

It's been some time now that my GPU fan gets stuck somehow and doesn't spin when turning on. If I turn the computer off and spin it myself manually just a little then it'll go just normal. It's like there's some kind of friction that it can't win by itself.
I already cleaned the dust out of the fan and heatsink. It still gets stuck. My guess is something somehow managed to get in that junction of the helix and the fan's base. Is it safe to remove the helix to take a look? Is it even possible to? I really don't know and the whole thing looks really frail so I haven't tried.

Btw, it's a Radeon HD 6500 and thanks in advance.
May 7, 2013 7:49:00 AM

It's kind of hard to give you a straight answer without looking at the fan myself. If you notice an abnormal friction than it may be possible something is stuck inside the fan mechanism. I can't be sure from this side of the screen... sry. :( 
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May 7, 2013 7:52:37 AM

Sometimes fans fail. I don't know which one you have, but there should be 4 very small screws holding the housing on. Have a look in there and see. You may end up replacing the fan though.
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May 7, 2013 7:56:49 AM

Just to add on to what scannall said, posting a pic or two of the fan and graphics card might also help us help you ;) 
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May 7, 2013 1:30:46 PM

Rick_09 said:
Just to add on to what scannall said, posting a pic or two of the fan and graphics card might also help us help you ;) 

Ok, here it's.
fanFront
fanBack

The highlighted area is where I think the dust is, but it looks like the helix is set on a magnet or something. I don't know if it can (should) be removed.
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May 7, 2013 9:06:36 PM
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May 7, 2013 9:52:16 PM

Any cheap fan for replacement is okay, I just did that for my HD5830 and so far so good, no problem at all... :) 
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