My Gigabyte motherboard is 3 weeks out of guarantee (typical) and the chipset fan is rattling away. The fan is fixed to the heatsink via 4 screws so it shouldn't be much trouble to change. Where can I buy a fan to fit this mini heatsink? I cant find anywhere that sells a replacement.
Local Computer fairs There will be in your area somewhere some one that breaks old computer s for spares A noisy fan is not necessarily the 'end' This topic has been well covered here and is well known with AMD Athlone processors. My fan went 'noisy' I reasoned that it has 'screwed' itself down onto the heatsink and the blades were 'pinging' on the heatsink fins so I slackened the screws a little and pulled it gently up. That cured it for a while. I eventually got an other fan from a'breaker' This had a slightly different base 'thicker' so the fan is off the fins and it ran fine but it too becane noisy very soon after putting in- then I noticed that as the machine had been running a few moments it quitened down So now I let it howl.
Remove the fan, turn over and remove the sticky label. Please just one drop (I dip a paper clip into the oil can, and then transfer a minute amount) onto the bearing. Replace the label or put a new label on, and away you go.
I use either sewing machine oil, or bicycle oil (80 pence from Wilkinson Stores) both are extremley thin. WD40 etc is no good as it dries out too quickly.
Regards from a cheapskate but practical (School) technician.