iMac G5 constant fan noise

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by lanturlu, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. lanturlu macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006

    I've got a RevB iMac G5 20" (1.5 GB ram) for a year and a half now, and since the last six months, the fans becomes quickly really loud for no apparent reason. It seems that my iMac think he is an helicopter and he want to take off by spinning it's fans the fastest it can. This is really annoying and it was not like that in the begining. It prevents me from doing audio conversations: the fan are so loud they make it impossible for the other to hear something else than my fans. Try convincing your friends to "switch to mac" with noise like that during an audio conversation! Sometimes just with firefox running I have my fans spinning really fast, with no intention of stopping anytime soon.

    To give you an idea, i use iStat pro for checking my fan speed + computer temperature and there is NO correlation. My fans are reaching 4400 rpm and sometimes 6500 rpm without anything CPU intensive running. Just using skype will make my fans go crazy in less than 10 minutes, while the temperature is not high (<60 C) inside the computer and the CPU usage is almost nothing. And once they are started, they will stay like that for a long time (hours) even if all applications are closed, except finder and dock.

    I'm sure there is something wrong with the sensor since when I reboot, the fans become quiet again for the same temperature. Now, coming from the windows world, I'm used to reboot but I sure the must be another way... Booting every 10 minutes to keep my fan noise low is not my idea of fun! If I only put it to sleep and I wake it up after 5 minutes, the fans will continue to spin at high speed and make the same noise as before.

    I've tried the reset the SMU ( but it does not seems to have made any improvement. I've seen other threads on this but only with Rev A iMacs G5 ( I've tried also the tips about setting the energy saver preference to something else than automatic but it's not helping either. (

    Anyone has any suggestion before I open my iMac and simply rip the fan out?

  2. HungrySeacow macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    West Palm Beach
    This maybe a long shot, but try taking it apart and using an air can to blow out all the dust in the air ducts. Perhaps there is some sort of blockage causing some of the sensors to request high fan speeds.
  3. lanturlu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    Thanks for the suggestion HungrySeacow, I tried it yesterday with a vaccum cleaner. Although there was not so much visible dust, it seems to have made a difference. I've been running 10 applications at the same time with fan speed <2000 rpm... let's hope it stays like that forever!

    Sometimes the simple solutions are the only working ones!
  4. sebski21 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2006
    Fan noise

    hi. a couple of months ago I started to have video problems with iMac G5 REV A, the local Apple store replaced the logic board and power supply. the imac died on the day I picked it up. the logic board was replaced again. that's when the fan noise started. it's driving me nuts, I tried everything from adjusting the fan physically through cleaning vents to resetting PMU - nothing helps, HAVE YOU FOUND THE SOLUTION? ps. Apple doesn't care anymore, they keep deleting people's posts about the issue (WTF!) suddenly Microsoft doesn't look that bad
  5. Cheese macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2002
    In the refrigerated section at your grocer
    At highest processor setting, The Rev.A on my desk is always around 160-170 degrees F. The fan speed seems fairly stable, but the noise is MUCH more than any other household device. Are the Intel iMac's any quieter?
  6. FreddyFred macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2006
    Imac G5 fan noise

    I just had the logic board replaced via Apple's repair extension program(a nightmare in itself). Now my Imac G5 has the constant fan noise as well. Can not even hear audio well, even at loudest setting. This is driving me nuts! Never had an issue before the capacitors went on the board and needed replacement. As a long time mac user and fanatic, this is really souring me big time.

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