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Old 02-03-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Replaced graphics card fan, unfortunately

The fan on my nvidia 8600GT was coming into contact with the fan casing and making a really bad noise. The manufacturer sent me a new fan, which I used to replace the old one. The fan runs great, but my graphics card is now spitting out random lines and quickly crashes my PC after startup. When I put the old fan back the same thing happens. I cleaned and replaced the thermal paste on the heat sink under the fan and on the chip while I was replacing it. Is my graphics card fried?
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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Did you ground yourself properly while you were working on it?
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I didn't have a grounding bracelet on, but I was sitting on the ground which in my case is a hardwood floor, and generally before I open up my computer I touch something metal to discharge myself.
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As long as you touch something metal first you should be ok as far as ESD goes. Have you tried completely removing the video card and reseating it?
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Yea, a few times. I still hold my breath each time
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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It doesn't sound good, unfortunately. Do you have a different slot you can try plugging the video card into? Probably won't work though...
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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Hmm I could try that. At this point I'm willing to try anything... thanks.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:13 PM   #8
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If that doesn't doesn't work, your GPU looks like it's done for.
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