Mac Mini Fans run when computer is off

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Murphdog856, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Murphdog856 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2014
    I have a 2009 Mac Mini that has a system fan that runs full blast as soon as the power supply is plugged in(unit is off). When I turn it on the fan stays full blast. I have tried resetting the SMC and PRAM. I'm assuming a component failure on the logic board but I figured I would check with the good people here to see if I'm missing anything.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Kurso macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    Did this spontaneously begin or is this the result of opening the case and replacing/upgrading hardware? There are a number of sensors that could be faulty and/or perturbed by internal tinkering.
  3. Knara macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Yeah, back when I was more inclined to tinker I somehow managed to get one of the older 24" iMacs to have one of the fans running at full speed all the time by replacing the HDD in it.

    I don't do that anymore :D
  4. thomasobs macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2014
    Amsterdam, Nederlands
    Murphdog856, have you tried using software to calm down the fan?
  5. jlg89, Jun 26, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2014

    jlg89 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2011
    I also have a late 2009 mini with a fan that comes on full blast as soon as the power cable is plugged in. Apple's diagnostics will tell you it's a bad fan, but given that it's happening before you even hit the power button, that's probably not the issue (I tested mine with a known-good fan, and it did the same thing). My best guess is that the chip that regulates the voltage going to fan is fried, so instead of a variable voltage the fan is getting a full-on 18VDC.

    You can measure this by opening the mini, and putting a voltmeter across the black and grey wires on the fan connector--as you're looking at the rear of the mini, with the cover off, the fan connector is near the middle of the small circuit board that hangs at the rear of the optical drive. It's the 3-wire connector with black, blue, and grey wires.

    Fan control software won't fix this, because (if I'm right) the chip that the software needs to control is fried. The only "right" way to fix this is with a new logic board. That's not acceptable to me, so I went online and bought a 10 Watt, 220 Ohm resistor, cut the black wire, and put the resistor inline. That drops the fan speed to ~2600 RPM, which is slow enough to be reasonably quiet but fast enough to keep the mini cool under most circumstances.

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