Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:27 PM
I went through two AGP video cards, and experienced the same symptoms on both. The first was a 7900GS. The fan stopped spinning. Sometimes it would spin, sometimes it would start then stop. Anyway, the card died, I assume because the GPU was running at 110C+.
Just to be sure, I took out the PSU and tested it in a different computer. Everything worked fine (that computer also had an AGP card, but it had no connector for PSU cable, just went straight to mobo AGP slot). So, since I thought I eliminated the PSU, I replaced the 7900GS with a Sapphire 9600xt (256mb). This card has no PSU connector, and just plugs straight into AGP slot.
Everything worked fine, initially. After 30 minutes or so, the fan started making a strange noise. Now, this is the second card where the first symptom is the fan. I thought I ruled out the PSU, but this is giving me doubts. What is the most likely cause? Motherboard? PSU? AGP slot?
I'd appreciate any help.
P4 2.4c, 512MB ram, ASUS P4P800SE, running Win XP (SP2)