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Old 7th May, 2005, 04:57 AM
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A little lube goes a long way

I've been thinking about building another linux box to play with and was in search of a video card.

Turns out I found one, an old NVIDIA TNT M64 PCI video card. (32 meg) I plugged her in and fired the box up

Wurrrrrr......... Wurrrrr...... Wurrrr....... turns out the fan on the card was making a terrible noise, and I don't have any spares.

Sooooooo I pulled the card out and took the fan off. Took off the back sticker to expose the "bearing" I added a little "light oil" and all is fine with it now.

Reason why I'm posting this............... maybe you have a card laying around that you've held off from using due to noise. Well, here is a quick and easy fix.
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Ive got a TI4600 here that im not using due to buzzing bearings. Incredibly loud thing!
I was going to buy a new fan for it some time but I might just try the oiling. See how it goes. What kind of oil did you use? WD-40?
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Old 7th May, 2005, 05:34 AM
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Are you using it for any 3d stuff? If you aren't a tnt2 can probably cope fanless for 2d or even text based stuff

Even for 3d stuff, you could probably get away with it if you improve the heatsinks contact, I do believe the tnt2 only had the heatsink attached with epoxy, so some thermal paste, with dabs of epoxy on the corners would improve things a lot
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My mum just smacked me in the head for reading a web page that had "A little lube goes a long way". Thanks robbie, now she thinks im a pervert.
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Parental Advisory! Today Robbie is using oil to make his ...video card feel better!
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My mum just smacked me in the head for reading a web page that had "A little lube goes a long way". Thanks robbie, now she thinks im a pervert.
She didnt think you were already? :\

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Ive got a TI4600 here that im not using due to buzzing bearings. Incredibly loud thing!
I was going to buy a new fan for it some time but I might just try the oiling. See how it goes. What kind of oil did you use? WD-40?
Any light oil should work just fine. Hell I've used veg oil once before.

For my TI4400, (it's in my girls box now) I went out and got a HSF "kit" that came with a couple of ram syncs as well. (to replace the stock one that started to make noise) Well after a while the fan started making noise on that one as well and It started to artifact pretty bad. I pulled it, added a little oil and wha la!! It's up and running quite as can be again.
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PS tell your mum I did that to get people to read it!!!
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My mum just smacked me in the head for reading a web page that had "A little lube goes a long way". Thanks robbie, now she thinks im a pervert.
But you are

Good 1 Robbie, I use "3 in 1" for the same.
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OK I got a wild hair from Graham's post and decided to take off the heat sync. WOW am I glad that I did. Look at that, just look at that. I was amazed that the chip never burnt up.

Oh well, cleaned up the goop and applied some AS (artic silver) I got some ram sync's laying around somewere, maybe I'll install those and see how high of an overclock I get this sucker to go eh?
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Honestly, I was thinking about it. But as I don't live with Nat anymore (faceless wonder) I don't have a decent size piece of glass to use anymore.

Hummmm.... maybe I can pull a picture down off the wall.
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Ahh your card uses spring clips to hold on, even better than epoxy
But I have to say thats about the worse contact between a core and sink I've ever seen It's a good job thats only a TNT2 under there

I don't think ram sinks will be much use, it's probably only 125-150mhz SDR ram which I doubt even gets warm to the touch, and if it did then thats heat being transferred from the core through the pcb
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