Curses. My more than reasonable graphics card in my home theatre and lightweight co-op box is dead.
Oh, the chips, heatsink, connectors etc are all fine. Just the fan has died and, as it is embedded in the rather elaborate copper heatsink with air channels and a screwed on cover (which can only be unscrewed after you remove the heatsink from the card itself), I can't replace it. Believe me I have tried. So I have to replace a whole videocard because a <£1 piece of plastic rubbish failed.
On the plus side, at least the integrated graphics are good enough to run the dual-head home theatre setup and it look pretty good.
Why does everyone skimp on fans? I would quite happily pay £5-£10 more for a graphics card/motherboard if I knew the fans would last as long as the hardware. It can be done as CPU fans show. Grrrr.
At least it was pretty
while it lasted :-/
This post is brought to you by a half hour session 3 nights running spent crawing under my desk in the dark and fluff. :( #shoddy #PC #fans #false_economy