iMac 24' Hard Drive Fan Buzzing Noise

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Vasja1234, May 24, 2010.

  1. Vasja1234 macrumors newbie

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    Hello, all! I need help. I've owned my iMac for a little over a year and I started having a weird buzzing noise coming from a hard drive fan. Downloaded iStat, everything runs at idle speeds (hard drive fan at 1200rpm), so the speed is not an issue. Sounds like a mechanical problem. Also downloaded FanControl, and once I increase the fan's speed to 2500rpm, the buzzing noise goes away, but now I can hear the fan :( It kind of defeats the purpose of having the expensive computer, that used to be virtually silent. I am in remote location in Alaska, where we don't have Apple store and the only way to fix is to ship it to mainland. Apple warranty is over, but I still get additional 1 year of coverage from Amex credit card, but I would much rather prefer to to fix it myself. Any suggestions on possibly replacing the fan myself? I am really debating whether I should ship it to Apple and trying to go through American Express with warranty. That would be complicated and I would end up without a computer for a few weeks. Thank you!
    Late 2008 iMac 24'. 3.06 GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, NVidia GeForce 8800GS.
     
  2. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

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  3. Vasja1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the idea! I'll try to use warranty first, not sure how it's going to work. Screwdriver would be last resort, I think.
     
  4. macbahia macrumors newbie

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    HD Fan Noise iMac bought in 2010

    This two softwares resolved my problem in 1 minute and it cost me just 10 US$:

    1. To see and check all tree fan speeds inside your iMac:

    iState Pro 2.0 (free)

    2. Download Software which controls HD Fan speed called HHD Fan Control:

    http://www.hddfancontrol.com/


    good luck
     

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