Should I Be Worried?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alexf, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. alexf macrumors 6502a

    alexf

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    I have a dual 2.0 G5 tower (Rev. C) which is over two years old and I have never had any problems with it (knock on wood).

    The other night something very weird happened. I always put the computer to sleep before I go to bed, and this time was no exception. Yet when I woke up in the morning I heard a very loud sound coming from my office (which is next to my bedroom) and thought that a neighbor was using a leaf blower outside the window. To my astonishment, I opened the door to the office and discovered that the incredibly loud leaf blower-like sound was coming from my Mac. I guess this is how the thing sounds when all fans are revved up full speed, but in the two years of using it for professional graphic design I have never heard it operate at more than whisper quiet.

    In any case, the machine was completely unresponsive, so I had to hold down the power button for a few seconds to turn it off. Afterwards it started up just fine and has been running smoothly since.

    Should I be worried? I don't know how long the machine was going full blast, as I was in bed (could have been hours). Could this damage the computer? More importantly, could this be a sign of a serious underlying problem? Very strange that it would wake itself from sleep mode and just "snap"...

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. :)
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    As a rule, I usually let a one-off like this go. Make sure everything's backed up in case the worst happens, but you'll probably be fine. Maybe take note of the circumstances (changes in software/hardware and apps running) it happened in though. :)
     
  3. alexf thread starter macrumors 6502a

    alexf

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    OK, thanks for the input.

    Do you have any ideas of what could have happened?
     
  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    My guess is that the system hit a bug, and cycled the task repeatedly to try to get it done. Restarting would have made the task quit, so its unlikely any damage was done :)
     

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