Loud eMac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by knownothing, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I've had an eMac for almost 4 years now. It has generally worked great, but has made a loud whirring noise for the past year or so, which can be quite annoying...

    Anyone have any idea what the cause might be? Anyway to easily/cheaply fix it?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    macuserx86

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    It is most likely a fan. My suggestion is to open the sucker up and give it a good cleaning. Canned air works very well.

    Hope that helped!
     
  3. macrumors 6502

    CJRhoades

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    I agree. Sounds like a fan. It may need replaced or just cleaned. Shouldn't be to difficult to fix it.
     
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    FJ218700

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    be careful what you poke around at. CRTs can tase you bro.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    macuserx86

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    Not only that, but make sure you discharge any static electricity you may be carrying before you touch anything (just touch something metal that isn't your computer) Most of the parts in there are pretty sensitive to slight charges, so watch out!
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot!

    I'll give it a try... A bit nervous about opening the thing up, but, hey, baby steps.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like you need a replacement fan blade.

    Dirt gets on the blades, causes a slight imbalance which the fan spin makes worse over time until BOOM, the blades hit the sides and breaks one off or bends it out of shape causing the shaft to become bent. No air the computer seizes up.

    Solution: clean your fans blades regularly.
     

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