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Heatsink/fan assembly came loose from my Radeon 9800 PRO card.

Where can I send it to for repair? Or how can I repair it myself? I think it will continue to work if I can get the cooling system back up and running.

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Here is a site that shows the replacement of a heatsink fan on Graphics processing Unit...and Another place to find heatsink fans.....I hope this helps...Good luck...and thanks for rating my effort...the Fang. (this is all one link)

This is a nice site to let you cool your card down further than factory specs by replacing heatsink with an upgrade fan.

all one link as well

And this is the actual site that will show you step by to change your heatsink...this is a great site to be a member of ...membership sign up required but free.

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