GNome hang

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Fri Feb 22 22:20:21 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-02-21 at 10:57 -0800, Peter J. Stieber wrote:
> I opened the case to confirm the graphics card type (ATI 9250 / 128 MB 
> DDR TV-out DVI 64-bit).  When I did this I noticed the fan attached to 
> the heat sink was frozen.
> My new guess is the card would overheat when the X server started.
> Does this seam reasonable?

That's quite likely.  Or, it might work until you did something
graphically intensive, then fail.  I've certainly come across the

I now own a fairly good NVidia graphics card thanks to a failed fan.  It
belonged to a friend who's computer would die after a while, and he
didn't bother to find out why until I goaded him.  In a typical Windows
user fashion, he just rebooted and re-installed repeatedly, hoping that
would magically solve his crashes.  Pulling the PC apart, we found a
seized fan.

Faced with having to spend a silly amount of money for a fan that would
fit onto the card, or a similar amount to buy a new and better card, or
jury-rigging an extra fan into his case.  He bought a new card, and gave
me the old one.  I just sat an ordinary computer case fan next to the
card to cool it, and it runs fine.  In fact, this fan cools the whole
card, and cools it better than the piddly little fan that came with the

If you ever notice your computer making rattly noises, or badly
vibrating fans, now's the time to open the case and check whether you've
got a fan that's getting ready to die, and whether you can replace it.

(This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, in case that's
 important to the thread.)

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