G4: alternative cooling solutions?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by savar, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    I've got a G4 quicksilver. A few weeks ago it was making lots of terrible noise, so I opened it up, realized it was the CPU fan, and I unplugged the sucker. Since then I've been running a temperature monitor, but on the G4 the only real temperature monitor is on the hard drive. Still, it seems like everything is working OK. I've ripped a few DVDs, watched some AVIs, etc. I'd kind of like to unplug the other fans too and just have a totally silent machine.

    Does anybody have any experience with doing this? I was also wondering if anybody has tried quieter alternatives, like peltier or thomson junctions. Eventually I'd like to use this computer as a media center, so getting it quiet would be a nice goal.
  2. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
  3. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
  4. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2005
    A religiously oppressed state
    You options are:
    1) Larger, quieter fans
    2) Water cooling
    3) Somehow modding the logic board so you have an external CPU that you can put elsewhere and have all the loud cooling you want.

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