HDD constantly revs up and down

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bidda55, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. bidda55 macrumors newbie

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    Hey Everyone,

    I have an older imac - 2Ghz PowerPC G5 that constantly sounds like the hard
    drive or some kind of drive is revving up and down. This especially happens when attempting to watch video or bring anything up with lots of graphics on the page. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

    Erendiox

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    What you're most likely hearing is the fans revving up and down. Unfortunately this is normal behavior. I don't think there's anything you can do about it. The G5 processors run pretty hot and need to be cooled.
     
  3. bidda55 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply,
    I've had this Mac for quite awhile though and it has become louder just recently. Most of the time it occurs while running videos.
    I could sit with a page up with mostly text and not hear much of it. As soon
    as I move to another page with videos/graphics. Would there be any kind
    of maintenance to ensure if the fans are running properly?
     
  4. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

    Erendiox

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    You could try running the hardware test that came with the machine, if you still have the original disks. I believe there's something on there that tests the fans. You could also pop it open and see how dusty it is in there... if it's a jungle of dust bunnies, a good vacuuming may be all it needs. :)
     

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