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Sapphire HD 2600 XT - fan not working, overheating.

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Anonymous
June 18, 2010 10:47:36 AM

Hello all,

Recently my card has been overheating a lot, sometimes it works fine for days and idling around 65, not shutting down, but now it slowly reaches around 115-120 before shutting down my computer. I checked the card and all looks fine, but I then noticed the fan does not spin when the card's inserted.

What could I do to fix this?

Thanks.
June 18, 2010 11:25:24 AM

Well, you could buy a replacement VGA cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor... however your card is sufficiently old that you may wish to consider an upgrade.
If you would be satisfied by similar performance (i.e. you don't play games, or only much older ones), a HD4650 would be good, for around $50.
Anonymous
June 18, 2010 11:28:35 AM

I was thinking of purchasing a 4670, but right now I also need a new PSU. I'm low on cash, unfortunately.

This is just pretty much for Starcraft 2 when it's released. I was enjoying the beta, and I didn't suffer with the 2600 xt.

Thanks.
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June 18, 2010 12:22:34 PM

The 4670 doesn't need that much power which is give or take about the same as a 2600xt.
June 18, 2010 2:27:08 PM

try oiling the fan... remove the fan from the heatsink and behind the fan u can see a sticker...
remove it and put 1 drop of oil there...that ll make the fan work again...
Anonymous
June 18, 2010 3:06:17 PM

I'm going to try to oil it now. I'll post pack with details.

also, I'm going to opt for a 4650, found a nice one on play.com for £44 (15 off :D )

Thanks.
June 18, 2010 3:14:09 PM

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I'm going to try to oil it now. I'll post pack with details.

also, I'm going to opt for a 4650, found a nice one on play.com for £44 (15 off :D )

Thanks.


If that is after vat then nice find. They are much faster than your older 2k series card which is give or take about the performance of a 2900 pro /3850 depending on the game. Games that are very heavily fillrate and memory dependent then FPS isn't going to be that good but a significant upgrade over your current card as for shader you wont be disappointed.
Anonymous
June 18, 2010 3:34:00 PM

Unfortunately the oiling of the fan did not work. Suffice to say it's buggered. I was planning on giving this card to my brother aswell.

Thanks for the info on the cards, nforce. I'll be sure to order the 4650 soon.
Anonymous
June 18, 2010 4:04:38 PM

A quick update: I bunged in an old x1050 I salvaged from another PC, just installing the drivers now. This will do for now, I suppose! A big thanks to all that have posted, and I shall try my best to help around the community.

Cheers.
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