define "well ventilated"

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Foxer, Mar 18, 2003.

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    Foxer

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    My worksation is a full size desk I bought at iKea five or six years ago. (It replaced the pressboard computer table I bought for my Apple //c in 1985.) The desk features a recessed strage area designed for the CPU tower. There is a hole at the top for cable access (not large enough for even a small hand to pass through) which is of no utility for ventilation. So basically, I'm keeping my DP 1.4 in a wooden box, open only in the front. There is probably 1.5 to 2 inches on each side and maybe 6 inchs clearance on top (maybe an inch or two more.) It is hard to tell, but I think there is probably about 4 to 6 inches extra depth behind the CPU. Do I even have to ask if this is a bad idea vis a vis keeping the unit cool?
     
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    I'm going to have to go with "probably" ;)

    Cut a little slit or hole in the front near where the intakes are and cut a hole near the back where the fans come out. That should provide some nice airflow.
     
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    Foxer

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    The front is open, no cover or door whatsoever. It's just that that is the only opening. Maybe I will cut a hole in the back, though.
     
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    That would probably be best. Without that hole the intakes are likely sucking in hot air.

    My god, I just applied car knowledge to computers :eek:
     
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    For a G3 machine, I would say it's adequate. For a dual G4, I don't think so. I would certainly get a couple of themometers to put just outside the computer until I was satisfied with the temperatures all around it.
     

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