Life is strange.
Today, after more than 20(twenty) years of daily->weekly service, the ridiculously tiny fan/cooler on my Asus GF4 Ti 4400 graphics card finally started to sound like a lovesick hairdryer.
Briefly pulling out the onboard fan connector led to strange effects, even in 2D, so.... I finally (!) had a use for that cheapo China VGA fan I bought many years ago.
Now, next conundrum was HOW to actually fit the new cooler to the now naked gpu chip.... As the holes would not match, and the writing on the package was clearly not meant for my card version, even if it said GF4xxx, the suggested mm hole distance was way off. So, eventually I found a (wrong) combination of holes that seemed to fit(though cooler slightly tilted), but then next issue arose - what side of the card and in what order was each of all those small screws and bits actually meant for ?? As there were some strange threaded 'disks'/thick metal 'washers' inlcuded.
And, here comes the fun part: after some headscratching, I ended up on google, and somehow found a youtube video... where someone we all know and love (no, not Santa! 😆 ) was doing exactly the same, with the EXACT same card model !!
GPU cooler from eBay / GeForce4 Ti 4400 cooler upgrade