Michael Martin <[email protected]
> "tHatDudeUK" > wrote in message
>> My pc has started getting noisy over the past month. I'm pretty
>> certain it's the MOBO's NB fan... It seems to happen whenever the PC
>> has been turned off for a while and weirdly stops just about when the
>> system has got into windows.
Very typical symptoms.
>> Can I remove this safely? Is there a good way of replacing the HS and
>> fan or will it function well on its own?!
Most people say you can simply remove the fan - don't just unplug it,
remove it to allow air to get at the metal better - but I wouldn't want
to risk it until the heatwave has passed. If, like on my Gigabyte board,
the heatsink's stuck on with some sort of double sided tape it won't be
doing much good anyway, so scrubbing that off with acetone and IPA and
sticking it back on with thermal transfer epoxy would probably
compensate for not having a fan.
BTW, when I replaced my heatsink, using thermal epoxy, something went
wrong with the glue and later I found it half hanging off. God knows how
long it had been like that, but still running stably.
> Yep, you can usally remove the stock Heatsink/fan off the northbridge,
> give it a good cleaning, and then install something like:
www.thecoolingshop.co.uk is much cheaper for that.
Finally, if you don't mind the ordinary fan noise once it's warmed up
and settled down, you can oil it. Carefully peel back the label from the
hidden side and put a drop or two of light machine oil down the hole in
the middle, clean up any spillage (it's very difficult not to get some
on the surface) and press the label back down. That'll keep it quiet for
at least a year IME.
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