Lack of Memory RAM=more fan noise

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 1rottenapple, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

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    I am noticing that since I have an ibook with 256mb of ram, and a HD almost full (11 left out of 60gb) that when I wake my computer from a sleep, the fan comes on. It never used to do this before. The fan would turn on for about 20 seconds, then it turns off. I was just wondering if I should be worried, or is the noise the way an ibook indicated it needs more ram. (I really need to buy Ram, I know).
     
  2. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    I'd say chances are very good it is because of your limited RAM. I thought I was bad with 512 MB... 256? Yep, time for an upgrade. ;)
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Well, yeah -- because your OS has to constantly use the scratch disk files on th hard drive, the hard drive can never sleep - it's getting thrashed all the time = more heat = fans on = battery life sux.

    More RAM = sleepy hard drive = cooler = more better battery.

    Next step is to clear som more room on the hard drive -- 11 Gb is not dire yet, but some spring cleaning would not be amiss. Get delocalizer from www.versiontracker.com if you haven't already, this can save 600 - 900 Mb in space occupied by unused foreign language OS support.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  4. 1rottenapple thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys or gals.

    You gotta hand it to OSX, even with 256 mb it is still stable and doesn't crash unlike the pcs at work!
     

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