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jeremy.king

macrumors 603
Original poster
Jul 23, 2002
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Holly Springs, NC
Saw this on News.com.

Apple has started a program where you can swap out the F16 Engine Cooling fans (The loud a$$ power supply fan) from your newer (Mirrored Drive) powermac.

I know mines a screaming beast. Although you pay $20 for s/h, it may be worth it.

For more information visit https://depot.info.apple.com/generic/index.html

Good luck.

JK
 

railthinner

macrumors regular
Jul 1, 2002
177
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Sometimes we'll be hanging out at home talking loudly, then we'll realize how loud and frantic the apartment feels, then we shut down our computer and everything gets quiet and mellow. I could go on about this but we've all heard the complaints.

I'm glad there's finally a solution. about time. I'm jumping on it right away and I hope this solves the problem.
 
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e-coli

macrumors 68000
Jul 27, 2002
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They already replaced mine. it's not much different. don't get your hopes up.
 
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bbarnhart

macrumors 6502a
Jan 16, 2002
824
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I picked up a new dual 1.25 MDD (2003) last night, gleefully pulled it from the box, scooted my old PM8500 to the other side of the desk, plugged it together and powered it up. After reading numerous complaints of loud, high-pitched fans, I was a little nervous because I didn't want an annoying fan.

After it started up, I was too excited to care about the fan noise issues and started installing stuff and copy files over. After a few hours I remembered to listen to the fan and I could hear in blowing. It was, however, not loud or high-pitched. It sounded quite pleasant and I can easily hear the hard drive whirling.

There is one loud thing about it. It's when the CD tray pops out of the machine, but I'm guessing that is normal.
 
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ShaolinMiddleFinger

macrumors 6502a
Oct 12, 2001
745
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$19.95!?!?!?!?!

Why the hell do we have to pay $19.95 for a problem they gave!?!?! Shipping and Handling!?!?! I paid that with the original purchase, right? Damn.
 
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toontra

macrumors 6502
Feb 6, 2003
261
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London UK
e-coli
Could you explain further; do you mean you're still getting too much noise? If so, where do you reckon it's comming from - or is it just that the replacement components aren't much quieter? Do you know for sure that you've got the same parts that Apple are offering as replacement under this new scheme?

PS bbarnhart
It's not surprising that you haven't noticed the noise as you have the latest model which is apparently a lot quieter; this was a problem with the previous release MDD's.
 
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Rower_CPU

Moderator emeritus
Oct 5, 2001
11,219
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San Diego, CA
Is your MDD too noisy? Apple's got the answer...

From MacMinute:
Power Mac G4 Power Supply Exchange Program offered
February 21 - 15:58 EST Apple has posted details on a new Power Mac G4 Power Supply Exchange Program, which "offers owners of Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) computers the option of reducing the operating acoustic level of their computers by exchanging their original power supplies and system fans for new, quieter versions." The Power Supply Exchange Program kit is available at no charge, with a shipping and handling fee of US$19.95. The kit contains the following items: power supply (360 W); system fan; allen key (2.5 mm); installation instructions; and a prepaid return airbill and instructions for returning the original components to Apple. The program ends June 30, 2003.

Apple's info page
 
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Dont Hurt Me

macrumors 603
Dec 21, 2002
6,055
6
Yahooville S.C.
Nice post Rower, Another example of the finest computer company stepping up to the plate. Way to Go Apple! If your going to be the best im glad to see you acting like it.
 
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Jaykay

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Dec 1, 2002
550
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Exellent. I know ill be signing up gor that. Nice one Apple (I bet a PC company wouldnt do that)
 
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Freg3000

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Sep 22, 2002
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New York
Re: $19.95!?!?!?!?!

Originally posted by ShaolinMiddleFinger
Why the hell do we have to pay $19.95 for a problem they gave!?!?! Shipping and Handling!?!?! I paid that with the original purchase, right? Damn.

20 bucks? That thing better weigh a ton. I hate when I am ripped off on S & H.

It better make it a little more bearable...please Apple...
 
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york2600

macrumors 6502
Jul 24, 2002
260
252
Portland, OR
Originally posted by toontra
e-coli
Could you explain further; do you mean you're still getting too much noise? If so, where do you reckon it's comming from - or is it just that the replacement components aren't much quieter? Do you know for sure that you've got the same parts that Apple are offering as replacement under this new scheme?

PS bbarnhart
It's not surprising that you haven't noticed the noise as you have the latest model which is apparently a lot quieter; this was a problem with the previous release MDD's.


Just a note. My mirror drive G4 was VERY loud. I had 3 hard drives in it. I took 2 of the HDs out and the went away for the most part. The fan is still a beast, but the hard drive hum was worse.

-Tim
 
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Jaykay

macrumors 6502a
Dec 1, 2002
550
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Ireland
Originally posted by toontra
e-coli
Could you explain further; do you mean you're still getting too much noise? If so, where do you reckon it's comming from - or is it just that the replacement components aren't much quieter? Do you know for sure that you've got the same parts that Apple are offering as replacement under this new scheme?

PS bbarnhart
It's not surprising that you haven't noticed the noise as you have the latest model which is apparently a lot quieter; this was a problem with the previous release MDD's.


If the fan wasnt much quieter, why would apple bother with this at all? Eh?
 
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MacFan25

macrumors 68000
Jan 5, 2003
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USA
I don't own a PowerMac so I've never heard its noise, but my iMac is pretty quiet.
 
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G4scott

macrumors 68020
Jan 9, 2002
2,219
2
Austin, TX
It's amazing how easily replacable everything in the PowerMacs is... It's also the first time that I've seen Apple let people remove the power supply and fan on their own without voiding the warranty. I'm going for this kit right away. Although $20 is still a bit for shipping, nowhere does it say that the new PowerMacs have to be quiet. You can argue all you want, but it's not going to change the facts...

It's really cool, though, because you have to remove a grand total of 6 screws (maybe just 5...) do swap the powersupply and a fan. Apple has really made this PowerMac easy to switch parts out. Now, if their laptops were just as easy to get into...
 
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Dave Swift

macrumors newbie
Feb 21, 2003
13
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Boston, MA
For those complaining about shipping costs... remember this includes shipping to and from apple. $10 each way is certainly not unreasonable to me. The computer isn't defective because it's loud... this is beyond the call of duty for apple.
 
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steeleclipse

macrumors 6502
Nov 7, 2002
363
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Canada
Really Swift!

Hey Swift:

Do you realize how stupid that sounded??? So we should pay $10 bucks to send them something??? It is their fault. I dunno, maybe I am just angry because people are actually looking forward to paying so they can get a new fan (maybe Apple should just fix their mistakes and take the loss)

For all those people that are excited about dumping more money in their Powermac, I have a great little strip of swampland in Florida you might be interested in!
 
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kazuo

macrumors newbie
Jan 8, 2003
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Redundant Info.

I don't see the reason why real news are posted on this site. I thought it's for rumours or things expected to happen only.

The new fan must be significantly quieter or Apple wouldn't waste the effort. It's subjective all right, but some guys just complain more than women. Stop the b!tching!
 
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Timothy

macrumors 6502
Jan 2, 2002
473
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Seattle, WA
Learn how to choose your battles...

I am amazed that people would complain so strongly against a shipping and handling fee. The loudness of the G4 is not "Apples Mistake" as has been implied. Loudness is a subjective term, and there is no measure.

Before today, if Apple had never announced this solution, but had quietly told you they would change out your powersupply and fan for $20, you'd have been all over this.

This is an "elective" fix. Nobody is forced to pay the $20 so that their machine will work. And the noise factor was talked about quite a bit when this machine was released.

I have an eligible box, and I am not even sure that I think the switch to be that necessary. I have a firewire hard drive right next to my Powermac that is about 4 times louder than the computer; so it's all relative.

I grow weary of the "we deserve everything for free" attitude that exists amonst some posters on this site. I for one give Apple Kudos for this. We should all learn when to pick our battles; save your bitching for something that really matters. Otherwise, you just look silly.
 
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nickgold

macrumors regular
Jul 17, 2001
115
0
Re: Really Swift!

Originally posted by steeleclipse
Hey Swift:

Do you realize how stupid that sounded??? So we should pay $10 bucks to send them something??? It is their fault. I dunno, maybe I am just angry because people are actually looking forward to paying so they can get a new fan (maybe Apple should just fix their mistakes and take the loss)

For all those people that are excited about dumping more money in their Powermac, I have a great little strip of swampland in Florida you might be interested in!

If 20 dollars is a super-huge deal to you, I suggest you look for work in a more rewarding sector of the economy. I spent $20 on sushi last night without even thinking about it, and I make under $25K a year. Get a grip, man. Do you even OWN a PowerMac? Or a Mac at all?

$20 for a brand new power supply, fan, and all related shipping charges to and from Apple is a REALLY good deal IMO, and if I had a tower that I felt was too noisy for my tastes, I would gladly cough up $20 for a fix.

As for that strip of swampland in Florida -- I'm guessing that's your current place of residence? ;)
 
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steeleclipse

macrumors 6502
Nov 7, 2002
363
0
Canada
Nickgold...

24k... sucks to be you.
Sushi? Good for you I don't care.
Yes I own a MDD powermac with which I am exceptionally happy, except for the windtunnel-like noises it is currently emitting as we speak... uh... type

I LOVE MY STUDIO DISPLAY THOUGH!!!
...and my iPod...
 
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arn

macrumors god
Staff member
Apr 9, 2001
15,707
4,554
Re: Redundant Info.

Originally posted by kazuo
I don't see the reason why real news are posted on this site. I thought it's for rumours or things expected to happen only.

It's for both News and Rumors... but the content will vary with the significance of the news.

arn
 
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