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Fan not working

I noticed that the fan attached to my Radeon 9800 Pro doesn't move. Would this cause my PC to freeze and reboot itself?

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  • pauly23 Apr 26, 2008

    i have the exact same problem!!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    Hi there, i had the same problem, same card as yours would freeze and crash especially during games. My temp way of solving it was sticking a small room fan blowing into the side of the case, instant no freezing or crashing which you can conclude has something to do with the fan, it wasn't moving :(. All you need to do is change it and it will be fine but leave it long enough without doing anything and you could damage the vid card or other components of your PC



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Hey i have the exact same problem as you! what did you have to do to rectify the problem? email me on
becoz omg im gettin really frusterated lol

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It can. but it can be a number of problems as well. How long has it been since you cleaned out your computer? How long have you had the computer? Do you play a lot of games where the video card would be used a lot? Here's some things that you can do to maybe fix your problem. 1. goto: start -> run type in "msconfig" goto the last tab "startup" and disable all. restart computer 2. goto: start -> all programs -> accessories -> system tools this menu you'll want to do 2 things "clean disk" and "defrag" (both of which will most likely take hours of doing) 3. Get a heatsink to put on the video card where the fan was and that should do the same thing as long as you have a good fan in the PC. On another note, you could probably get another fan to put in your system (especially if you like to play a lot of games on your PC)

Posted on Mar 28, 2007


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