Vibrating case?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stijntje113, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2012
    When I hold my hand against the back of my new 27 inch Imac it feels like it vibrates a little bit. Is this normal for the computer?
    If I put my hand on it you don't feel it. but only when I put my hand very lightly to the case or when i rub it very lightly.

    Do other people have this? My brother and girlfriend did notice it immediately.. (without telling them)
  2. macrumors 603


    That's not vibrating, it feels like it but it is a tiny bit of electricity, many/most Apple Aluminium products have this, go and try to stand on a wooden chair, most likely the feeling is gone, or remove shoes on a tile floor, you feel it more.
    With a laptop like a MBP you could easily test this by removing the mains, it is gone but the MBP will still work with internal battery, an iMac does not have this so the only way to test this out is to be isolated from the floor(grounding).
  3. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    It's possible that one of the fans inside is off balance and creating the vibration. I once had a spider die inside the CPU fan and it threw off the balance so much that it sounded like a grinder was inside the iMac.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Jan 8, 2013
    All apple devices has this feeling when they are in plug in :)
    iphone ipad macbooks etc but when are charging or they are plug in, even if they are off.
  5. macrumors 603


    Not ALL, most/all with METAL casings have, an iPhones 3GS does not have it, an Airport Express does not have it, a former (plastic) Macbook does not have it, and so on........

    Metal= Most likely brushed Aluminium, you'll feel it more than on a smooth metal surface.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Jan 8, 2013
    i refer almost all new devices with aluminium...this is the feeling of aluminium+charging :D
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    iMacs should not vibrate. This can't be normal.
  8. macrumors 603


    It is completely normal for an Apple product to have this.

    The problem is the power provider, in many western countries the common wire is grounded just before the meter in a house, but many do not or the grounding isn't as good anymore, this means the common wire is not 0 Volts anymore and if you touch the aluminium skin of an Apple product this tiny voltage/leakage will feel like vibration.

    AC vibrates 50-60 Hz = 60 times a second.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2012
    Thanks for the response. It's not the fan. I've put the mac in a grounded wall socket (it wasn't before) and now it doesn't "vibrate" anymore..


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