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Next thing I did was unplug the cable from cooler to videocard (I thought that way I would be disconnecting the cooler only, but then noticed I had no video at all, so plugged it in again and got video image back, but still I hear all noise cooler does).
Is there a way to anulate the cooler and still have the video card? And would I spoil the videocard that way?
joined:Jan 30, 2006
given the age of your card it would be cheaper for you to just go pick up a $30 AGP card vs replacing the heat sink and fan and it will a MUCH better card.
WARNING If you run the fan too slow and the card gets too hot you could damage it.
FWIW I recently bought an NVidia Geforce 6200 AGP card which is passively cooled - no fan - I think it cost about £25 UKP. Vista compatible, two monitor outputs, and the hardware acceleration works with Photoshop.
The TNT2 was available without a fan. Overclockers would fit an old CPU fan to the heatsink, when they were tweaking it for maximum performance.
It's surprising the temperatures graphics card will withstand, my 6200 tends to run at 42/48C but the spec says its happy up to 70C.
Manufacturers specs are like top speeds claimed by them in cars ..you push right upto the top ..and something breaks ..if not straight away then you've shortened it's life ..components like to run cool ..
[edited by: Leosghost at 6:46 pm (utc) on Aug. 4, 2009]
joined:Apr 13, 2002
I think buying a new card is the way to go though. If the fan is shot, slowing it down may damage the card and worst case scenario cause the inside of your box to overheat, damaging your CPU. Saving thirty bucks may end up costing several hundred for a new computer. NewEgg has an AGP card from Gigabyte [newegg.com] for only $38. The card features passive cooling, meaning no fan at all.