ibook fan always on, is this normal?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I have a brand new ibook 1.2ghz with the 60gb option. From the first minute I turned the ibook on, I could hear the fan humming (even though the computer was cold). The fan stays on constantly, regardless of the level of use. I even tried changing the processor speed to "reduced" but the fan is still always on.

    Does the fact that the fan is always on mean that I will get a reduced battery life than apple claims?

    All you ibook owners please help. Is this normal or should I call apple?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    It is not normal, it will reduce your battery life, and you should get it fixed. Sorry for the succinctness, but there's not much more to say than that.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Yeah, ditto that it sounds like a defect.

    You should expect that the fan runs relatively rarely, in particular if you are using it on a soft surface like on a sofa, as opposed to a desk (so it cannot ventilate) or hitting the optical drive while doing other stuff (I'm watching a movie and using Safari and Adium at the same time, on a sofa, and it's on about 25%-35% of the time). And that's in automatic processor mode, plugged in.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    did Apple cover this repair?

    Thanks for posting this. I'm having the same problem lately w/my iBook, and my Applecare runs out in less than a month. I'd better get on the phone to Apple.

    But before i call them, i'm curious to know: did you have any luck getting Apple to cover this repair? Or did they say it's normal beahvior?
     
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    andiwm2003

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    i had the same problem on my pb after a few month of use. zap the parameter ram (i think ctr-command-p-r at start up). you will hear a second start up sound. that solved the problem for me.it somehow resets the temperature control. i got that from another post here at the forum so it works not only for me.

    andi
     
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    millar876

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    to zap PRAM its "cmd-Alt-P-R" on startup (on the ibooks own or a hardwired keyboard(i.e. not bt-KB)) antil you hear the second startup chyme.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    That's exactly what I did, except I didn't know what It was called. The applecare rep had me go through all sorts of stuff, including the PRAM reset described above and I heard the two startup chimes. The computer has been fine ever since. Good luck with your issue!
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! The PRAM reset did make the fan come on less frequently, although when it does, it still runs continuously (hours & hours). But at least now when I call Applecare, i know what they'll ask me to do.

    Thanks to all for your replies!
     

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