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Old Apr 16, 2006, 01:17 AM   #1
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How to test fans

I have a 1.5 Ghz PowerBook 15". I don't here any fans anymore, and my computer can get hot, and after long hours of online gaming, fried my HD enough for me to reinstall.

How can I test to see if the fans are operational? is there an app that does this?
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 01:35 AM   #2
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You could use miniStat2 which has a fan speed display, or you could start the computer in Target Disk Mode, making the fans operate at full speed, which should make them loud enough to hear.
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 02:43 AM   #3
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I have the same issue... is there something like that, only not a widget (I only have 10.3.... I'm a cheap bastard, I know...)?
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 03:06 AM   #4
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Run "Hardware Test" from your Mac OS X restore disc.
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Run "Hardware Test" from your Mac OS X restore disc.
Thanks, the fans run fine, don't know why my powerbook over heated after playing Americas Army for 14 hours.

Well the system seems good now
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...after playing Americas Army for 14 hours.
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You play a game for 14 hours and wonder why it's hot? hmmm.


I just interestingly enough found that in a room cooler than my original by about 5 degrees, my PB is almost the same temperature as my iBook was. Before it was a freaking heatpump.
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I would play AA on my intel iMac 20" but there is no universal and rossetta version is soooo slow, get about 5 - 8 fps, where with my PowerBook G4 I am getting 28 - 34 FPS.

Other mac players on iMac G5 and PowerMacs seem to smoke me they are at 60 - 80 FPS, but that is ok, I learning to be a better shot, I starting to beat them with lesser technology.

I have found putting coins under the feet of the PowerBook to give it a little more height make a big difference. The metal case of the PowerBook is designed to remove heat, and the bottom is where most heats is directed. with my iBook G3, it was where the HD was, and after 2.5 years it was cooked. Love AppleCare, machine is back in action. I would say I am a power users I use two Mac at at time, and on weekends that is 18 + hours, yes my wife does complain, but she uses hers alot too.
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