My heatsink fan seems to be giving up the ghost and the death throes are pretty noisy. So I have a couple of questions?
Where might I find a replacement one or will the heatsink need to be replaced at the same time? The processor is an AMD 1300 socket A. If I replace the lot can someone tell me what has to be done please?
Is the fan actually necessary? I read somewhere that they can be taken off to reduce noise. Note that I am very attached to this machine and don't want it (or me) to get burned!
If possible, can you point me to one in PCWorld - I have one nearby and would prefer to pick this up in the shop rather than wait for postal delivery.
There are some fairly extreme heatsinks, like the Zalman flower that can be operated as passive heatsinks. Doing it with a standard unit would be a very bad idea.
It is possible to change the fans on some heatsinks, but when buying the replacement you will probably need to get a fan with three core cable and speed sensor, as the MOBO will probably not recognise the fan as being present with a two core power supply . personally I'd swap the whole unit click here
click here for notes on how to go about it. click here for the AMD socket A installation guide, it's a 1.06Mb acrobat pdf file, so if you're on dial up be prepared to wait a bit.
Be very very careful if you intend to fit the replacement with the mobo installed in the case.The fan clip can require considerable pressure to slip onto it's moorings and you could easily crack the mobo.
Far better to remove it from the case and place on a flat surface - you'll also be able to see more easily what you're doing.
If you have a peep you may well find that the fan is attached to the heatsink by 4 screws. Unscrew those and you can take the fan down to pcworld for a like for like or order one from your fave mail order shop
Just after posting a friend called in and she said that she knew what to do - took my car to PCW and came back with heatsink, took old one off, installed the new one and its all going great. And now I have a nice blue light to go with it!
Thanks for all the advice - maybe one day I will have to use it myself!