Command for iBook fan?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jamesmcd, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Hey all,

    I was using my iBook G3 to watch a movie last night and it was playing up. This involved the screen randomly doing wierd things and the computer freezing.

    At first, I thought the logic board was playing up again, which it might be doing.

    Secondly however, I noticed that the laptop was VERY hot, too hot to touch on the bottom, and the ram sheild was hot enough to fry an egg on.

    During this time the fan never came on...

    So my question is, is there a way, perhaps in the Terminal, to manually tell the fan to come on? I don't mind the noise, and I need to keep this laptop cool!

  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    my fan on my G4 actually never seems to come on. It's not that hot, but I am curious about it.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I'm glad the fan on my G3 runs slow and/or not at all. About 3 days ago, I did something that caused the thing to lock up and all the fans to go on full blast and it sounded like a freaking jet engine. :p
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2007
    ok, but any ideas on a notebook cooling pad thing?
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    You can't manually override the fan control on a G3 iBook. smcFanControl will allow you to control fan speed on intel macs (post 10.4) but there is no equivalent for PPC.
    I found this on MacMod but it's far from ideal.

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