View Full Version : PowerBook G4...anyway to turn the fans off?

Sep 30, 2006, 01:58 PM
I'm trying to record something through the internal mic (and I'm too cheap to go out and buy a proper mic) and I was wondering if there is anyway through Terminal,or an external program, to force the fans to shut off for a certain period of time? I don't want to turn them off to find they can't turn back on and suddenly the computer is 1000...I just want to keep them off to have a minimal amount of background noise. (And, yes, I'll be running it in a moderate climate so the computer doesn't overheat).


Sep 30, 2006, 02:44 PM
I had this problem with my old PowerBook, what I would do is turn down the AC, and put the powerbok on my shelf right on the vent and let it cool way down, then I would quickly do my recording and I got very mimimal noise....but with my MBP, there is is no way I could do that, the fans are loud all the time no matter what.

Sep 30, 2006, 02:53 PM
You might want to let the PB rest for a while and when its cooled down try your recordings. Also turn off anything you are not using like airport etc..


Sep 30, 2006, 03:18 PM
put it on top of a blue ice pack. That does work...

Sep 30, 2006, 06:47 PM
Set the CPU speed to reduced, turn the brightness of the display right down.

Works for me.

Sep 30, 2006, 11:30 PM
The PowerBook has an internal microphone? Really? http://deephousepage.com/smilies/Yikes_anim.gif

Oct 1, 2006, 12:05 AM

What in the...?

Oct 2, 2006, 05:17 AM
The PowerBook has an internal microphone? Really? http://deephousepage.com/smilies/Yikes_anim.gif

Powerbook 12" (http://www.apple.com.sg/powerbook/gallery/images/powerbook12top09162003.jpg)

The tiny dot at the top left of the keyboard.

Once you've found it, turn on speakable items and say "Tell me a joke"