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    Added a card cooler.

    Well I did a "getto job" and took two PCI slot covers and bent them at 90' angles about 1/2" from the end with the mounting notch. They even had holes in the other ends already. I mounted a plain 80mm fan to the two brackets with standard fan screws through the holes on the end of the brackets and attached it to the mounting screws above my AGP slot and below my sound card. The fan blows dirrectly down onto my Radeon 9700Pro AIW and Audigy sound card. I can adjust it up or down about a 1/2" up or down as needed. This spot in the case normally got VERY hot and if you caught any of my other messages I sometimes get crashes when using the TV tuner. MuFu thinks it is a chip overheating under the RF sheild on the AIW. This area was so hot, so I added the fan. Hopefully this will fix the issue. I will later get an LED fan to match my other Tri-Light LED Fans, but I'm not sure if I will use my "getto" bracket or make a blowhole.

    I'd post pictures, but my Ex has my digital camera. Maybe I'll finally overclock this card a bit.
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    maybe you can applay for joint custody right

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    She took the oldest ice skating a few days ago and forgot to bring it back. I've been bugging her about it so she finally brought it back today. Here is a picture of my 2 minute "getoo" work:
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    Nice DIY job
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    The odd thing is it has lowered the case temp (well at least what the northbridge reports) by 2'C and the CPU temps also wents down 2'C. I think this fan stirs up the air a bit in the case so it flows better. I don't get the hotspot around the graphics card anymore. Even under full load for over an hour my NB temp only reached 37'C (idles at 35'C. My CPU temp maxed out at 47'C and idles around 42'C.

    It also looks like the errors I got when watching TV are gone. 4 hours without any lock-ups has to be a record. Usually I get an error within about 1.5-2.5 hours.
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    I ran the TV tuner all night without any issues. I think I will run it with a benchmark looping to see how it fairs tonight.
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    Todd a, could you post pics in normal light, so i can see hows it looks.
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    Sure. Man with the flash turned on I can sure see the dust on everything. I think I need to clean out my case a bit. Well here you go. There is not really much to it.
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