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Old 04-17-2008, 12:50 AM   #16
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Default Re: Computer's making loud noise

That little fan helps to keep the north bridge chip nice and cool. It's not a good thing that it stopped, but it's not the end of the world either. As long as you have decent airflow through the case and you're not overclocking, it should be OK. But it would be a good idea to either replace it or try giving it a little tune up. In some cases, you can remove the fan and give it a drop of oil to get it going again. There should be a small hole under the sticker on the fan.

Zalman makes a nice little replacement heatsink that works really well: ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsink
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