Loud eMac

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

  1. knownothing macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2008
    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. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2006
    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. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Lafayette, IN
    I agree. Sounds like a fan. It may need replaced or just cleaned. Shouldn't be to difficult to fix it.
  4. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    be careful what you poke around at. CRTs can tase you bro.
  5. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2006
    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. knownothing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2008
    Thanks a lot!

    I'll give it a try... A bit nervous about opening the thing up, but, hey, baby steps.
  7. GlossyIsBad4U macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    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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