Fans very loud-yet one has 0 RPM?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by waffles123, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. waffles123 macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2009
    So this has happened twice in the past four days. The first time I was video chatting, and my fans started to get very loud. I check iStat and I see that one of the fans was at 0 RPM? Within 2 minutes, the fans got back to their normal volume and I check on iStat again, and the same fan that was at 0 RPM a 2 minutes ago was now at the normal rpm (2000.) The same thing happened a few minutes ago when I was doing Photoshop. What is going on here?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Sounds like you have a hardware problem. Either one of the fans is cutting out, causing the remaining fan(s) to ramp way up to compensate, or the fan speed sensor/motor controller is flaking out and the fan is pinning at full speed when it registers 0. You could probably figure out which by comparing the temperatures; if the temps go down when the fans are way up, it's a bad reading but the fan is working. If the temps go up, that fan is cutting out.

    It's also possible that the program you're using to check is having trouble with higher fan RPMs or something, and is showing 0 instead of the correct number; in this case maybe the CPU/GPU is just ramping up during these increased activity periods (maybe Flash in a web page?), and it's just the display that's weird.

    Running the Apple Hardware Test disc that came with it would probably tell you if it's bad fan hardware (or at the least won't give a false positive). If it's hardware, time for a repair.

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