Powerbook Fan

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by flygirlk, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. flygirlk macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2006
    Hi all; What I used to love about my Powerbook G4 is that it's pretty much silent, unless I happen to be burning something, or running several programs at once. However, this appears to be a thing of the past, as I've begun to notice that the fan is now permanently whizzing, and while it's not loud, it's anything but silent. This happens constantly, while I'm running minimal programs, and while my computer is sitting on my desk, not on any soft surfaces. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  2. Kelmon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2005
    United Kingdom
    My current PowerBook G4 (old Titanium model) has a similar problem that occurs when the fans kick in. The best that I can recommend is to get them replaced at an authorised repair centre. While quotes can vary the one that I took mine to here in Belgium estimated EUR 150.00 for the job, mostly due to the labour cost since the logic board itself needs to be removed in order to remove/replace the fan.
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Or maybe use some compressed air to blow out the dust. Of course, this'll only really work if you take it apart first. If that sounds too hard, then take it to a technician or a friend who might be able to do it for you. :)
  4. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I've been experiencing exactly the same thing the last few months with my PB. When I've got a bit of time on my hands I'm going to have a go at what mad jew suggested. Back when I had a Dell box, it too started getting noisy so I opened it up and got the vacuum in there - did a world of good.

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