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Anonymous
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June 30, 2004 1:38:41 AM

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Hi,

My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started buzzing
and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont know if
its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with the
Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions are...
1. Is the buzzing a concern?
2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in by 2
"Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there isnt
a heat sink on this one)
June 30, 2004 8:29:19 AM

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just clean it
be careful how you pull it apart
a clean will usually fix it
else use another fan - depending on the size , you can just walk into a pc
repair shop and
buy a fan over the counter $2 - $5 usually



"Falcon 1209" <falcon1209@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started buzzing
> and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont know
> if
> its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with
> the
> Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions
> are...
> 1. Is the buzzing a concern?
> 2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in by
> 2
> "Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there
> isnt
> a heat sink on this one)
>
>
Anonymous
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June 30, 2004 8:29:20 AM

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I have a MSI Ti4200 and it started doing the same thing after I fiddled
with it. But I turned off the system and the next day it was back to
normal. Had that happen a few times but all is good for many many months
now.
On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 04:29:19 GMT, PBS <pbREMSPAMsoft@bigpond.net.au> wrote:

> just clean it
> be careful how you pull it apart
> a clean will usually fix it
> else use another fan - depending on the size , you can just walk into a
> pc
> repair shop and
> buy a fan over the counter $2 - $5 usually
>
>
>
> "Falcon 1209" <falcon1209@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:o EpEc.4508$tU.777@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
>> Hi,
>>
>> My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started
>> buzzing
>> and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont
>> know
>> if
>> its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with
>> the
>> Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions
>> are...
>> 1. Is the buzzing a concern?
>> 2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in
>> by
>> 2
>> "Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there
>> isnt
>> a heat sink on this one)
>>
>>
>
>



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Anonymous
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June 30, 2004 8:44:42 AM

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On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 21:38:41 -0500, "Falcon 1209"
<falcon1209@hotmail.com> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started buzzing
>and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont know if
>its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with the
>Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions are...
>1. Is the buzzing a concern?
>2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in by 2
>"Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there isnt
>a heat sink on this one)
>

1. Yes, the buzzing is a concern. If you were to lube it with a
drop of heavyweight oil, now, and each time it start buzzing
again (which could be soon or a long, long time depending on the
particular fan and degree of wear) you could most likely get
several more years of use from it. This is assuming it uses only
a sleeve bearing. If it has a ball-bearing (you might not be
able to trust the label, sadly enough) it cannot be lubed, as
none are thick enough to have both the ball bearing and sleeve in
same fan. Even if you choose to replace the fan it would be good
to lube it now, as what may happen is that the fan will seize
after you turn the system off, then you turn it on and it's quiet
because it's not running, so video card overheats.

2. "Usually" those that use push-pins are not glued on. It
might use a thermal interface material that melts after the card
heats up, making it seem stuck on like a glue would, but these
are much easier to get off if you try after running the card for
a while so it's heated up, softened the material. Just as likely
it could just be the typical thermal grease, much easier to
remove. If you grasp the fan frame with two fingers and can
wiggle it back and forth fairly easily, it would almost certainly
be the grease under it.

The Tennmax Lasagna fans are poor at cooling and also use
low-quality junk fans. You'd be better off getting something
else.

What I usually do is take an old Pentium 1 heatsink and put a new
fan on it, something like a a 50-60mm x 15mm thick of the low-RPM
variety. That makes the 'sink too thick to allow use of the PCI
slot below the card but I deliberately leave that slot empty
anyway to improve cooling. A decent name-brand fan as I
described will last multiple times as long as the tiny thin fans,
and be quieter per same cooling provided the replacement heatsink
is at least as big as the old one.
July 1, 2004 2:48:48 PM

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kony <spam@spam.com> wrote in message news:<ikg4e0p9gv1v1n6hog5bh3hr4mov6rfd1v@4ax.com>...
> On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 21:38:41 -0500, "Falcon 1209"
> <falcon1209@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> >Hi,
> >
> >My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started buzzing
> >and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont know if
> >its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with the
> >Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions are...
> >1. Is the buzzing a concern?
> >2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in by 2
> >"Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there isnt
> >a heat sink on this one)
> >
>
> 1. Yes, the buzzing is a concern. If you were to lube it with a
> drop of heavyweight oil, now, and each time it start buzzing
> again (which could be soon or a long, long time depending on the
> particular fan and degree of wear) you could most likely get
> several more years of use from it. This is assuming it uses only
> a sleeve bearing. If it has a ball-bearing (you might not be
> able to trust the label, sadly enough) it cannot be lubed, as
> none are thick enough to have both the ball bearing and sleeve in
> same fan. Even if you choose to replace the fan it would be good
> to lube it now, as what may happen is that the fan will seize
> after you turn the system off, then you turn it on and it's quiet
> because it's not running, so video card overheats.
>
> 2. "Usually" those that use push-pins are not glued on. It
> might use a thermal interface material that melts after the card
> heats up, making it seem stuck on like a glue would, but these
> are much easier to get off if you try after running the card for
> a while so it's heated up, softened the material. Just as likely
> it could just be the typical thermal grease, much easier to
> remove. If you grasp the fan frame with two fingers and can
> wiggle it back and forth fairly easily, it would almost certainly
> be the grease under it.
>
> The Tennmax Lasagna fans are poor at cooling and also use
> low-quality junk fans. You'd be better off getting something
> else.
>
> What I usually do is take an old Pentium 1 heatsink and put a new
> fan on it, something like a a 50-60mm x 15mm thick of the low-RPM
> variety. That makes the 'sink too thick to allow use of the PCI
> slot below the card but I deliberately leave that slot empty
> anyway to improve cooling. A decent name-brand fan as I
> described will last multiple times as long as the tiny thin fans,
> and be quieter per same cooling provided the replacement heatsink
> is at least as big as the old one.

So what fan/heatsink should I get? And How do i go about installing it?
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2004 2:45:39 AM

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On 1 Jul 2004 10:48:48 -0700, falcon1209@hotmail.com (Falcon1209)
wrote:

>kony <spam@spam.com> wrote in message news:<ikg4e0p9gv1v1n6hog5bh3hr4mov6rfd1v@4ax.com>...
>> On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 21:38:41 -0500, "Falcon 1209"
>> <falcon1209@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> >Hi,
>> >
>> >My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started buzzing
>> >and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont know if
>> >its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with the
>> >Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions are...
>> >1. Is the buzzing a concern?
>> >2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in by 2
>> >"Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there isnt
>> >a heat sink on this one)

I had a Chaintech GF3ti200 Gold, and they make a nice card.
Make sure it's not just some small dustball obstruction to the fan.
It's good to go through your case with a can of air every few months
or so and physically inspect your fans and such. This is the good
thing about having a clear side panel - you can see all that stuff
running!

>So what fan/heatsink should I get? And How do i go about installing it?

I use an Iceberq4 copper kit (and 4 additional h/s for the backside
mem chips) for my Sapphire Radeon 9800PRO and like the results (it's
got an R360 *9800XT* core, but I'm only mildly oc'ing it - the kit is
mostly for longevity). I've since re-attached it using Arctic Silver
5 (superior thermal material). All hsf will come with mounting
instructions. Check here for ideas:

www.1coolpc.com


Good luck!
regards,


=======
fredman
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Anonymous
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July 2, 2004 6:25:19 AM

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On 1 Jul 2004 10:48:48 -0700, falcon1209@hotmail.com (Falcon1209)
wrote:


>So what fan/heatsink should I get? And How do i go about installing it?

As I wrote previously, I usually use old leftover socket 7
heatsinks, then I affix them with either the original clip
(rarely, when the 'sink is compatible and light enough) or
usually attach with Arctic Alumina Epoxy. The most important
part of using an epoxy, is to use a heatsink that accepts a
standard fan, so if you found the fan inadequate or if it failed,
it can easily be swapped with a different fan some day. This way
it is not a problem that the metal portion can never be removed.
Suggested fan sizes it would accept would be 40, 50, or 60 mm
wide (preferribly 50 or 60, 40 is awfully small unless you don't
mind higher RPM, noise) by 10-15mm thick. Of course any such
solution will block the first PCI slot, and if a thick fan and
tall heatsink, even the 2nd PCI slot. Blocking 2nd slot might be
good compromise for a high-end video card in a gaming system, but
for an older card it seems excessive.

If you have a spare, small enough heatsink or are willing to
saw/sand it down to size that might be an option, but if not,
choose aftermarket 'sink/fan with thickest fan possible. Frankly
I don't like any of them because they all use a proprietary fan
mounting, so it's not possible to swap in a different fan for
noise, cooling, or failure reasons. That is, unless you were
lucky enough to have a spare fan.

I "think" (not sure) that a Thermaltake Blue Orb will fit those.
I've never tried it myself but thought I remembers others using
one. There are more expensive, fancier heatsinks, but I find it
hard to swallow paying $20 or more for a video card heatsink,
especially on a video card that's now worth less than $50 (since
it's used, with failed fan). Even so they do sometimes go on
sale, with a Google search for "Geforce 4 TI heatsink" being the
way to find them.

Did you try lubing the current fan?
Can you determine exactly what the fan is like, the dimensions of
the blades and screw-down points on the plastic frame?
I have a few old video card heatsink/fans, well, the cards are
now old but the fans are barely used because first thing I did
was to swap out that heatsink for something quieter and longer
lasting, so they just sat in a drawer. I may have something that
will fit your heatsink (metal portion), if the fan screws out and
the mounting holes match up with the fans I have. I think I
still have an unused Tennmax Lasagna around here too, but it
might be the type that clips to a CPU, not the video card type
(same thing but different clips, so it'd need some alternate
method of mounting). I still don't recommend the Lasagna though,
they were a novelty more than a good solution.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2004 1:49:08 PM

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"Falcon 1209" <falcon1209@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:o EpEc.4508$tU.777@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
> Hi,
>
> My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started buzzing
> and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont know
if
> its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with
the
> Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions
are...
> 1. Is the buzzing a concern?
> 2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in by
2
> "Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there
isnt
> a heat sink on this one)

Is the card still under warranty? My BFG 4200 card's fan started to fail
and BFG sent me a new card. They sent a new FX5900XT too. I couldn't
believe it.

B
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2004 8:32:42 PM

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Falcon 1209 wrote:

> Hi,
>
> My video card's (nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 by Chaintech) fan started buzzing
> and its worrying me because I payed $130 for it 2 years ago. I dont know
> if its something to be worried about so im looking to replace the fan with
> the Lasagna A type fan from www.tennmax.com. So basically my 2 questions
> are... 1. Is the buzzing a concern?
> 2. Is the fan glued to the GPU? (It doesnt seem like it is. Its held in by
> 2 "Push Pins".) Ive only heard of the heat sinks being glued on but there
> isnt a heat sink on this one).

There are numerous third-party heat sinks for the Ti series, just pick one
and put it on and don't worry about it. It's been a very long time since
any nvidia-based board came with a heat sink bonded to the GPU.

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