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    Default Fixing a dead Accelero 4870X2 fan

    Sigh, nice one, Arctic Cooling. First your cooler kills my card, then I get the new screws and the damn 3rd fan (the one right above the VRMs) dies in the midst of a Crysis gaming session, artifacts popped out everywhere - nearly killing another one. Accelero 4870X2 - The Card Killer .
    I'd probably be wiser to switch to a 5870 Vapor-X, partially because 100% of my GPU will always be utilised (tsk tsk, shoddy software multi-GPU support and bad drivers) but it comes with a near silent cooling solution that runs at 35C and for one, doesn't void my warranty.

    So onto my question, before I go ballistic and volley-kick this damn thing into my neighbour's backyard, any advice how to fix the fan without totally breaking everything? Another fan module is 11$ with shipping and my warranty is in Germany (long story). The fan did spin up 1 or 2 times on it's own but turned off after a few seconds, which leads me to believe it's an electrical issue. The other fans work so the problem must be on the contacts of the actual fan (the other 2 connect at the first).

    Any help appreciated
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 G0 @2.8 GHz / Prolimatech Megahalems Cooler (2x Scythe Slipstream 1200)
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    Default Re: Fixing a dead Accelero 4870X2 fan

    Never mind this thread, there was no way to reach the electronics without destroying the fan and that's exactly what I did since it wasn't spinning anyway and voila, two wires were unsoldered. I guess all that STAYING IN PLACE must've caused unbearable stress on the profesionally soldered joints done by hard-working underpayed Chinese men. Freakin' unbelievable, a SCART cable that I soldered by hand has now been working for a year even though it was moved, bent, connected and reconnected a thousand times.
    Oh well, the other two at least work, which should at least keep the card working (mind you I said working, not playing games) till Chang Siang, I mean Hong Kong, or whatever the hell it is, ships a new one for 80$ which is gonna take 2 weeks. To hell with it, I'll chop my arm off sooner than buy another Arctic Cooling product. This thing has caused enough mess for me.
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 G0 @2.8 GHz / Prolimatech Megahalems Cooler (2x Scythe Slipstream 1200)
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    SAMSUNG HD103UJ Spinpoint F1 1000 GB / Western Digital WD1600JS-55MHB0 Caviar 160GB
    Sapphire ATi Radeon HD 4870 X2 2 GB GDDR5 (750/900MHz)@PCI-E 2.0 x16, COOLER: Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME 4870X2
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    Default Re: Fixing a dead Accelero 4870X2 fan

    Why rant here? You sounded like this was the Arctic Cooling section, so I just wondered.

    Anyway, did you resolder it?

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    Default Re: Fixing a dead Accelero 4870X2 fan

    Sorry, I probably should've put this in the cooling section, or now that I've chilled off a bit, I probably shouldn't have put it anywhere, but it ticks me off, as, like I said, this thing doesn't exactly come cheap. First it kills my card because AC can't figure out the screws are too short, and if I hadn't been able to smart my way around not losing my warranty due to modifying the card, this card costs 500$ where I live, buying another one because the cooler destroyed it would have been a wonderful story.
    Now that I have another card, the fan somehow dies after being only 2 months in use. For me that says a lot about AC products. The fan module with shipping is around $15 but it's a matter of principle - the design quality is shoddy.

    I didn't resolder it, what's the point, the fan's bearings are destroyed and pretty much the fan as well, as I had no way of reaching the electronics without prying off the fan which I didn't mind doing what with the whole already not working thing and all.

    Far as I'm concerned, lock this topic.
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    Sapphire ATi Radeon HD 4870 X2 2 GB GDDR5 (750/900MHz)@PCI-E 2.0 x16, COOLER: Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME 4870X2
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    Default Re: Fixing a dead Accelero 4870X2 fan

    Ya, you kinda confused me because you said "Your Cooler" like this was the Arctic Cooling section or something

    Ahh, I didn't know the fan was shot, I thought just the wires came undone is all. Guess soldering wont help of course

    Have you contacted them about this to try and see if they will send you a new fan for free or + Shipping?

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    Default Re: Fixing a dead Accelero 4870X2 fan

    Heh I guess it's worth a try but when you look at their website under support and "Fan stopped working" they just send you to a link where you can buy another fan module. I'll try asking them but in all these years this is the first time I've had a fan fail due to electronics and not the bearings being destroyed etc.
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 G0 @2.8 GHz / Prolimatech Megahalems Cooler (2x Scythe Slipstream 1200)
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    SAMSUNG HD103UJ Spinpoint F1 1000 GB / Western Digital WD1600JS-55MHB0 Caviar 160GB
    Sapphire ATi Radeon HD 4870 X2 2 GB GDDR5 (750/900MHz)@PCI-E 2.0 x16, COOLER: Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME 4870X2
    Windows XP Professional
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    Default Re: Fixing a dead Accelero 4870X2 fan

    I have not heard much about their support, but it is worth a shot anyway.

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