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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 07:43 PM   #1
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Angry iMac G5 noise very disapointing

Purchased a brand new iMac G5 1.8GHz last week from Carbon Computing and I am very miffed!!
Took it home and set it up on my desk, turned it on and...what a bloody irritating noise! The constant annoying fan noise coming from the CPU fan is driving me insane. If I knew that this model of computer from Apple was this noisey I would not have purchased it in the first place. My older G4 iMac is perfectly SILENT!! This G5 iMac is not silent at all. It's not like I can place the G5 iMac under my desk to get away from the noise, the lcd is built into the case. If I run iTunes to drown out the fan buzz I'm OK. But sometimes I enjoy working in quiet. Those days are gone.
I called AppleCare and they told me to take it back to Carbon Computing, so I did. A couple days later Carbon calls me back and tells me to pick up the iMac G5 and that nothing is wrong, that this is NORMAL noise, and is to be expected.
I have owned many, many Apple computers over the past 15 years and this is the noisest one yet. Even more annoying than the dual 867 MDD I owned 2 years ago. At least I got a fan replacement kit from Apple to replace those noisey fans and then I placed the tower as far away from me as possible. My G5 tower is even quieter than the G5 iMac because again I can place the G5 tower on the floor 6 feet away from my ears and head. The screen (entire iMac) is sitting 2 feet in front of my face with the irritating fans spinning and making noise at the same level as my head and the sound is coming out of the bottom intake vents and reflecting off my desk. Then it gets worse if you even slightly push the iMac G5 CPU to do any task, it revs up like a power drill!!
Apple really dropped the ball (f&^%ing fumbled) on the design of this computer and they have lost my 15 years of telling all my friends and family to buy MAC because they're better designed yada, yada, yada. I know that the G5 runs hot, but the 2 other case fans in the top of the iMac G5 do not make any noise. So why didn't Apple just put the same brand of fan down by the CPU?! It is the only flaw in an otherwise gorgeous computer, but you I can't enjoy the full user experience with this problem.
I just wanted to let the ehmac community to be aware of my story so there are no more dissapointments. If you're in an office with a constant din then you probably will not notice it, but for home use in a quiet room...
I still currently own a Quadra 840, 7100, 7200, 8100, powerbook 190, powerbook 1400, powerbook PISMO G3, a B&W G3 400 tower, iMac G4 800 FS, a G5 tower and now the newest and only irritating member of my MAC family...the iMac G5, oh how it vexes me, I'm very vexed!
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 07:51 PM   #2
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despite what the store said there probably is something wrong with it. i'd keep at them.
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 08:51 PM   #3
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Purchased a brand new iMac G5 1.8GHz last week from Carbon Computing and I am very miffed!!
Took it home and set it up on my desk, turned it on and...what a bloody irritating noise! :
That's not how an iMac G5 behaves. Mine is almost totaly silent except when I'm accessing CDs or DVDs.
It's an absolute joy to work with, I stroke it every day and it keeps amazing me with its stunning performance.
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 09:39 PM   #4
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welcome to ehmac, davey-nb, but this is an all ages forum. let's try to keep it clean!
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 10:16 PM   #5
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Is it a 20"?
I remember reading somewhere that some of the 20" machines had some noise issues.

Apart from this, I agree with he others - this doesn't sound like a usual G5 iMac report.
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Old Feb 11th, 2005, 12:04 AM   #6
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I have found that the iMac G5 can be pretty quiet in an open area. But put it into a computer hutch or somewhat enclosed area, and you'll hear the sound.

I noticed this when setting one up for my mother in law. I set it up on the box it came in on the middle of the floor. it was silent. I picked it up and put it on the wooden computer desk and suddenly I heard the fan. I think environment has a lot to do with the noise.
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Do a search on Macintouch and there's plenty written about this noise issue.

Apparently, some energy settings (i.e. higher performance, hard disk spinning) will cause the processor to heat up more than usual. So I'd try to fiddle with these settings too.
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Old Feb 11th, 2005, 12:32 AM   #8
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Brand new iMac G5 1.8 GHz 17 inch lcd
built in bluetooth/bluetooth mouse & keyboard
built in airport extreme
extra 512 RAM
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I am NOT a MAC novice. I am extremely savvy with Mac's. No matter what settings I use in the preferences (energy settings) it makes no difference to the noise the CPU fan makes. None at all!! Even just sitting on the desk idol not doing any tasks, the CPU fan is too noisey!
The iMac G5 is sitting in an open room about 30 feet by 40 feet wide and it is not in an enclosed cabinet. It is on a big huge partners desk.
To repeat myself the fan is just plain noisey!!
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My symapathy!

My Advice: "Bring it back" and be "vexed".

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i have a 20" iMac - and from time to time the fan does have some noise to it - but about 95% of the time it doesnt - however, compared to my previous powermacs, my emac, and 1st gen imacs, the noise doesnt even compare to be as loud as them.

i would think that there probably is something wrong with your fan -
check out these other message board threads on this issue -

http://discussions.info.apple.com/[email protected]

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showt...ight=noisy+fan

**Sorry for the links to other message boards - but both threads contain too much info for me to copy and paste into here -
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