ATI 9800 pro Fan Noise

My 9800 pro’s fan makes a loud grinding noise sometimes when I first boot the computer up. I usually have to turn the computer off and boot it up a few times before it stops making that noise. I’ve taken the card out and unplugged and replugged the fan in… It spins freely and everything. I have no idea what to do.

Would buying a new fan/heatsink for my videocard help or should I just get a whole new card?

I’ve also tried it on a different power cable and that didn’t help any.

-Kenny

My 9700 did the same thing. the fan bearing is going out. You can get a decent replacement almost anywhere, you just have to clean all the old goop off the chipset before applying new.