Anyone have a 24" iMac that doesn't hum?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by queshy, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. queshy macrumors 68040

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    If you search other forums on the net, it seems that every single (well almost...) 24" iMac as that annoying display hum. Although I thoroughly agree that forums tend to attract "problems" (not everyone who gets a flawless machine posts about it...), but it really does seem that everyone has the hum. I'm in the process of sending back iMac #2....in hopes that #3 doesn't have a hum. If you do a search, there is actually quite a lengthy thread about this issue. It also seems that the hum problem is more dominant in the 24" model. All that being said, does anyone have a 24" iMac that does not hum? Moreover, does anyone have a 24" iMac with no noises, hard drive issues, crashes, kernel panics, dead pixels, etc?
     
  2. kixsand macrumors regular

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    I have a eerily silent 24" iMac with a bullet proof hard drive, nary a crash, perpetually cool and calm kernals and a gaggle of pixels that are alive and well.

    :D

    Sucks to be you.

    Darren

    P.S. Sorry about your issues...I was trying to be funny in what I said back there. Hope you have a sense of humour.
     
  3. topgunn macrumors 65816

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  4. queshy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    lol nice description.
    Im fed up so I asked for a full refund and will buy it from a retail store for easier returnability incase its defective...oh well, I wont be able t oget a 7600 GT.
     
  5. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Do you have your brightness turned all the way up. From what I have heard the hum goes away with the brightness turned down, but is most obvious when turned all the way up.
     
  6. queshy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Actually you have it reversed: the hum is the most audible at lower brightness levels, and gets quieter at higher brightnesses.
     
  7. BigMäc Guest

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    When I shopped for one last year after returning my MBP for that exact issue, I could hear it from every single 20" or 24" C2D iMac I looked at. This is why I got a Mac Pro.

    As far as I know the old C1D ones didn't have that problem.
     
  8. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    When I was walking down the hallway tonight to get into my room, I thought I heard an A380 in my room, but I realised that my room wasn't big enough. It turned out it was just my 17" iMac G5. Fans were full blast with Safari, Mail, iTunes, Address Book, and the Finder, all not doing anything. I quit them all and it was still full blast. I'm always concerned when I hear it go full blast because my hard disk broke about a year ago and when I'd turn it on, it'd go full blast and would never turn the screen on. I hope I don't have to repeat this because I don't have AppleCare, and I don't have a backup of my hard disk. Not that it's that important because most of my stuff is on external hard disks, but I still have stuff of some importance.

    When the iMac G5 came out, it was advertised as being "quiter than a whisper" but has been proven to be anything but true. I thought the Intels might be quieter, but apparently, they may not be...
     
  9. queshy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Argg sorry to hear that.
    It definitely is not whisper quiet. I think that if it was under my desk I woudlnt mind (as much), but it's right in front of my face!
     
  10. MacGuffin macrumors regular

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    They're quieter than a whisper in the Apple store, where ambient noise silences annoying humming.

    Ironically, that's why the store is no decent place to make an informed decision about buying.
     
  11. michaelverdin macrumors member

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    I just took delivery of my new 24''
    2.33
    3GB Ram
    750GB HDD
    7600 256MB
    + BT M/K + Applecare

    It is extremely quiet, even when using aperture with RAW photos and watching HD TV programmes the fans don't even spin up, perhaps the xtra gig of ram helps:D
     
  12. amiga macrumors 6502

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    Yup, my girlfriends is oh so quiet! :) I want to run off with it (shhh)
     
  13. queshy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    apple wont replace mine so I asked for a full refund with no restocking fee so that I can go buy it at a retail store then be able to give it back EASILY if its defective. This is my 2nd iMac and its a huge hassle to send it back to apple and go so long with no computer. Thats why Im going to rebuy at teh retail store...too bad I cant get the 7600GT though. I just dont trust buying online from them again.
     
  14. kixsand macrumors regular

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    I usually have my brightness setting at about the midway point.

    Now...in all honesty I spent a number of years working as a radio announcer -- one of the benefits of wearing headphones all those years is that it has taken the edge off of my hearing...I'll ask my wife if she hears a hum just to be sure it's not there. :)

    And when I said that it never crashes I wasn't quite telling the truth...my system has crashed twice...both times when I was playing WoW...the screen sort of scrambled and the system became non responsive and I had to reboot. That's the only time I've seen it though.

    Good luck with the new computer.

    darren
     
  15. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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    No Noises, no hard-drive issues or dead pixels here.
    I always have the brightness set to max, and I found that to be at its quietest.
    It's pretty much silent when running, all you can hear is when the HDD is being accessed.
    Never crashed. Had a few programs need to quit (Messenger and FireFox. Switched to Camino now and no issues at all).
    Not experienced a KP.
    Boots from off in about 40secs (hopefully it'll be a bit faster with my new RAM).

    Running
    iMac 24" 2.16 GHZ
    1GB RAM (just bought my 2GB! lovelyyyy)
    7300GT
    250GB hdd (I'm not made of the dolla).

    All in All I am DAMNED happy with my iMac.
     
  16. kixsand macrumors regular

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    I gotta say that my iMac is really quite...freaks me out a little bit in fact. My old computer was a 17" G4 flat panel and it sounded like an airplane under thrust...fans going like crazy for no specific reason.

    You know what they say about 2gb of ram..."it's like twice as good as 1gb of ram!"

    darren
     
  17. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 20" iMac with 256 vram and it is super quiet. Never hear anything from it. I know it's a 24" problem with the screen, but just thought i'd post.
     
  18. wizwaz3 macrumors 6502a

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    My 24"er is a refurb and I never hear anything. I hear the fan rev for a split second when it wakes, and I hear the hard drive seek when I first start it up, but after that, nothing. No dead pixels either.
     
  19. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    Not a thing out of it. Super quiet. And not a single issue with it either :)
     
  20. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    Same here as well- not a peep! I also have a Lacie external that is BARELY audible- you have to be listening for it to hear it. I also recently bought a Lacie Blue Block (blue lego) external, and that thing is loud! :(
     
  21. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    My 24"er is dead quiet...

    Since I got a poor responce in my previous thread...

    I was wondering if any other fellow 24"er's could post there power supply temps while burning/encoding a dvd or watching HDTV via EyeTV. I used Temperature Monitor to get my temps.

    :D
     
  22. netdog macrumors 603

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  23. kixsand macrumors regular

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    I downloaded temperature monitor and then fired up the Eye Tv Hybrid. I've been watching for about 10 mins now and:

    "Power Supply Position 1" is listed as running at 59 degrees centigrade. I'll leave it to you to do the coversion. It seems pretty hot to me.

    Hope that helps you out.

    Darren
     
  24. kixsand macrumors regular

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    I just read your other post. I changed the output on temp monitor to Farenheiht. I'm now at 143.6 Farenheit. You mentioned getting up to 180 or so.

    I have 2 gb of ram and the bigger video card...could this be keeping the temperature down a bit?

    Now I'm at 145...seems steady there.

    Hope that helps.

    darren
     

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