3rd February 2005
My brothers Northbridge fan on his motherboard has been making a very bizzare grinding noise recently, and looks like it's spinning very slowly. You can almost see the Abit logo whizzing around on it. He has an Abit IC7 with a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz Prescott in there, and at the moment he doesn't have any crashes caused by the Northbridge overheating or something. I thought it might be clogged with dust, because his case is filthy, but yesterday I cleaned it out with a can of compressed air and its still doing it o_0. I might take it off later and see what's causing it. Any ideas? Do you reckon I will need to replace it or might there be something stuck in it?
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
ABIT NB fans are notorious for going bad in short order, and that's probably the case here. I'd replace it. Depending on clearance, I'd either toss a Microcool North Pole on it (you'll need an adapter kit as well) if active cooling is wanted. If not, then steal someone's ASUS cooler (or something like Zalman's passive cooler).
People say I post too much
12th February 2004
Yeah, one of my friends had an Abit motherboard and after 3 weeks or so the fan literally blew to pieces. Fan blades everywhere. He sometimes does impractical or dangerous things to his computer, and to replace the fan he got some meccano to make a bracket and stuck a hard disk heatsink on with a 24v 150mm fan. OUCH.