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Feb. 14th, 2009

12:59 pm - Computer fans

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My computer has been making strange noises for a while, but I've been ignoring it. That's partly because it's awkward to get it out from the desk and look inside, and partly because I wanted to delay buying new bits for it.

Anyway, I've finally got round to investigating, and the problem is the fan for the "Canterwood 875" device. That's a small square bit between the main CPU and the graphics card. (Former flatmates may remember it as the bit that puts disco lights on the ceiling, since it has red/green/blue LEDs inside.)

However, I'm having trouble finding anywhere that sells replacements. Lots of companies sell CPU fans, or case cooling fans, but this is unusual. Maybe there's a more generic name for it? I could replace the whole motherboard (I've had this one for at least 5 years), but then I'd also have to replace the RAM; I'll have to do that eventually, but for now I'd prefer a cheap solution, since I'm sure this component only costs about £5.

Any suggestions from the HiveMind? (For reference, this mobo is an MSI 875P Neo.)

Edit: Apparently this is called an "NB fan" (NB = NorthBridge chipset). I'm off to the Tottenham Court Road computer fair, so hopefully I can find a replacement there.


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Date:February 15th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
I suspect you don't need me to tell you that ignoring a worrying symptom because you want to delay the effort/expense of fixing the problem is potentially asking for more effort/expense later, if the problem is one of those progressive ones. ;)
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