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I have a radeon 9600 256mb and the fan is making a very loud noise,i dont know why,everything was fine yesterday,so i opened my comp and unplugged the fan from the card and its fine now, is it ok to leave it like this or do i HAVE to get a new fan?
 

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Hi,

Speaking from having that same card, i can tell you YES, it does require cooling. You can get a new fan and put on it. You might try first blowing the fan out with a good can of air, because they can get so much dust behind them it causes what you are talking about.
 

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my card is brand new, just got it last week. when i took the card out eariler it didnt have a spec of dust on it, So i guess ill have to get a new fan. i just wont play any games until i get one i suppose.
 

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If it is brand new, take it back to where you purchased it from and make them replace it. This card I have has the fan running fine and I have had it for over three years. I would not keep it if you can return it for a new card or a refund. It had to be defective when you got it.
 

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If you can't take it back to the store,ATI has a good warranty.
I had a al inn wonder 7500 for a couple of years,then the fan started buzzing.
I sent it back to them and they put a new fan on it.
Check their web site at www.ati.com
 
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Look at the serial number on the card write it down go to ATI website and register it if you havent done so yet.
 

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i have a 256mb 9600 and it has no fan and runs fine so it doesnt require cooling unless of course it depends on what parts it uses mine is a connect 3d version
 

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Luk07, if your video card has no fan, it doesn't mean it isn't cooled at all. Look carefully and you'll see the heatsink on the GPU (that's the Graphics Proccesing Unit, something similar to the CPU). That heatsink takes care of the heat. Only those video cards who get overheated get fans too. I, for one, replaced the existing heatsink with a cooper cooler and a fan and added some mini-heatsinks all over the Video Card's memory chips (don't do so if you care about your warranty). It's not heating anymore and it looks better too, as it has blue lights on it. One of the reasons a vc's fan or a cpu fan makes more noise is because of dust, like Tumbleweed just said. The dust covers the heatsink underneath the fan, and the chipset gets hotter. It automaticaly delivers order for the fan to increase it's number of rotations (in order to protect itself phisically) and the fan starts making noise. If this is a case (not yours, as you say your vc is new), try and clean the fan a little. Also, if dust isn't the problem and you have no more warranty, you can try pulling off the sticker on the fan and put some oil to the screw. That just may be it. Final solution, replace the fan. There are some good univeral solutions by Titan.
 

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jamie98s said:
I have a radeon 9600 256mb and the fan is making a very loud noise,i dont know why,everything was fine yesterday,so i opened my comp and unplugged the fan from the card and its fine now, is it ok to leave it like this or do i HAVE to get a new fan?
the radeon 9600 absolutely needs a good fan so - Yes

because If you don't have a good cooling solution for you G.C (especially the new ones) things can get REALLY nasty - believe me
 
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