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Graphics Card Automatic Fan Control Failure OR how much I hate PC gaming
So I'm at my wits end and I turn to you, PA forums
I have apparently lost automatic fan control on my GeForce 8800 GT graphics card
It started happening just yesterday. I was attempting to play Fallout 3 for the first time in a while when it blue screened. My computer hasn't blue screened in years, and it continued to do so two more times before I figured out what the problem was - the graphics card fan
But see, the fan works! When I turn the goddamn thing on (after it's blue screened) the fan clearly whirrs up and makes noise
So I download the Nvidia Control Panel to try and fix this shit and the System Monitor to check the temperature, and lo and behold it's over 70 degrees celsius. I find the option to manually adjust the fan in the Control Panel and I do so, and it works! Hurrah!
But why doesn't it work on it's own? I've spent hours fiddling with it, creating rules that clearly state that the fan should speed up as the temperature rises, I've created profiles where the fan speed is 100% that should be loaded when the GPU temperature rises above a certain point, I've done everything I possibly can and yet the goddamn thing will not work on it's own. I guess those "rules" are more like "suggestions" to this goddamn card
The only solution I can see now is to manually set it to like 90% before I start a game, but that's horse shit because I've never had to do that before, it's worked fine for years, and there's nothing wrong with it that I can see! Besides, isn't overworking it a consideration?
I ask you, gentle people: is there a way to fix this problem?
edit: upon further investigation this probably should have gone in help and advice, but I figured this was the place to ask for tech help. Oops!