Vertical lines after re-install

March 5, 2009 at 20:27:33
Specs: WIn XP SP2, 2 Go
I just removed my graphic card fan for clean-up (RADEON 9600SE).

During that time, i turned on the computer to see if it will work without the graphic card fan, it did work but at some kind of low resolution mode. Meaning that i had vertical lines in some video mode, for example, while watching a video ou during the windows xp logo starting sequence. Letters during POST were also affected but in a different way, some letter are more "highlighted" than others.

When i saw that, of course i reput the fan back on and restarted the computer, same thing happened. Am i doomed ?

I thought at first it might be a "dirty contact" problem so i removed the card again and gently clean the contacts with air. No difference. The display problem that i never had before re-appeared.

Is there a way to reset the graphic card (i mean by dong something to the hardware) since it's not windows related.

Thank you.

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March 5, 2009 at 23:02:56
What was the purpose of seeing if "it will work without the graphic card fan"? You definitely damaged the video card. Some CPUs don't last even a second with the fan not working, GPUs are no different.

There's nothing you can do to get it to work normally again.

WinSimple Software

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March 6, 2009 at 07:46:48
Simply because a salesman told me that some of todays graphic card don't even have a fan so i could buy one if i want a silent card.

Besides, the chip on the graphic card while i was doing this was not even hot at all. The problem appear AS SOON as i turn the pc on. It was obvious on the POST writing. Don't tell me 15 or 20 sec without getting hot are enough to fry a graphic card. I completely agree with you for a CPU but i find that strange that this happen to agraphic card. POST text is really not very demanding.

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March 6, 2009 at 08:54:44
do you think, there is a possibilty, that while removing the fan, you also loosened the heatsink.? Maybe that is why it was not hot?
So in effect you were running without a fan or heat sink?


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March 6, 2009 at 10:51:52
Nope, There were no heatsink. Just a metallic case to protect the fan, but hardly a heatsink. I found some pictures on the net of 9600se with heatsink, but not mine.

I found this photo of a 9600se similar to mine.

Please take a look:

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March 6, 2009 at 11:11:20
"Just a metallic case to protect the fan, but hardly a heatsink."

I suspect that the metallic case might really be the heatsink. Small fans like that are normally all plastic.

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March 6, 2009 at 12:52:13
Other pictures i saw with the heatsink really look like heatsink. The case on mine is made of a very fragile plastic. Here is a pic of a one with a heatsink:

Anyway, i have to completely remove this "case" to have access to the fan. There were 3 screws for the fan on the case and 4 screws for the 2 parts case itself.

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