iSight and iMovie saved my computer

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by bousozoku, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Two weeks ago Tuesday, I was getting ready to take my laptop computer to the Apple store for repair. I probably wasn't awake and stumbled on something and almost fell. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I didn't fall but twisted my back and leg. I went to the store and they couldn't hear the problem with the squealing fans, so after all that, I had accomplished nothing.

    Later that evening, I thought about using my iSight webcam and iMovie to make a quick movie of the sound and its location.

    After playing the original Unreal Tournament, the fans started to squeal again. I started iMovie and moved iSight back and forth near where the fans work. I did this for about 2 minutes in order to determine which of the two was problematic.

    I then, made another appointment. On Thursday, I finished backing up some things and cleaning up the machine, just in case it went off to be replaced with another machine. The same Genius looked and listened to the video and immediately wrote the repair order.

    Saturday, they called and after retrieving the machine, I found it to be better than when I originally got it. Apparently, the fans were bad when I got it because they've never been this quiet.

    Anyway, who knew that iSight and iMovie could be so helpful and save my computer from eventually overheating as the fan bearings died.
  2. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    That's cool. Although not so easy with a built-in iSight,:D
  3. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Great idea of making a video demonstrating the problem. I had a serious screen issue with my previous Aluminum Powerbook and occured intermittently so replicating it in front of the Genius was something I was worried about. Fortunately the problem reared its ugly head and they put in the repair request and shipped it off.
  4. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    Ha ha ha... really cool!!!:cool:
  5. megfilmworks macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    That's a good argument for the old iSight cam. Good for documenting your home for insurance reasons too.
  6. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Well maybe it was an external iSight. :)
  7. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Ha, nice story....wish I could find an iSight for my Mac

    (as if I had the $$ to buy one)
  8. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Yes, the PowerBook was too old to have a built-in iSight camera and that's fine with me. It would be nice to document other things but I can use my digital camera for things not needing video.
  9. ibook30 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2005
    2,000 light years from home
    Not an endorsement - just an option for ya zap2 :


    Glad to hear you found a creative way to explain your issue bousozoku!

    It's uber cool that you made use of video / audio to enhance an oral description- as far as communication that's the next level- instead of explaining stuff we can show it to each other. It;s getting easier and easier, and that's pretty cool. :)
  10. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's especially useful since the problem was resolved. If not for the audio evidence, they wouldn't have handled it.
  11. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    that's pretty cool. glad you got it worked out.

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