NB Fan Dies, CPU Overheats

February 14, 2005 at 9:50 PM | Nerd, Site/Personal | 2 Comments

My computer freaked out yesterday. There I was, trying out somebody’s Quake3 mod from CIS690, when all of a sudden, this loud warning sound starts going off. So I’m like wtf because the thing was sounding like a car alarm, started counting down, and then shut itself off. Apparently my CPU was all overheating and I had no idea why… I wasn’t doing anything that processor intesive. After further investigation, I discovered that my northbridge fan on my motherboard was not functioning. Apparently, these things go out on Abit motherboards all the time. Now, I’m not exactly sure whether this is what caused the overheating or not, but usually that fan runs whenever the computer is on. Since it’s the only thing that I saw not working, I’m going to have to just assume that’s the culprit for now. I’ve already ordered a replacement fan (hopefully it’s the fan that’s broken and not the motherboard…) and I’m actually using the computer now, being extra careful to keep the load nice and light, monitoring the temperatures before and after I do anything. But that’s no way to live. Ugh.


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  1. [...] In other news, I guess my fan/heatsink has arrived. The FedEx people missed me so I’m going to pick it up later on today. It’s going to be a grand ol time, taking everything out of my computer so I can take out the motherboard for such a trivial installation. Ah well, we’ll see how that goes. [...]

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  2. [...] As you may (or may not) recall, I reported on my northbridge fan dying on me earlier in the year. I guess I never really discussed the resolution of that problem in too much detail… What I did was order a similar chipset fan (Vantec ICEBERQ CCB-A1C) to replace Abit’s faulty fan. Installation of this fan required that I unhook virtually everything from my motherboard and everything from the PSU, so that I could remove the motherboard from the case, because the little pegs that hold down the northbridge fan can only be removed by squeezing the ends found on the backside of the motherboard. This was a rather painful process. I mean, I like tinkering around with computer hardware and all, but anytime you got to do some shit to the back of a motherboard, you know that’s going to be a bitch. There’s so much work for so little gain. At that time, I needed my computer to do schoolwork n shit and anything more than the simplest of tasks was causing the CPU to overheat. So I set aside an evening to take care of this and when all was said and done, I had solved the problem and all was well again… for the next few months. [...]

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