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    iMac Fan Running Fast?
    Hi All - bought an iMac (specs below) in April of this year - used mainly by my wife - she came out this morning and said the computer was noisy. On inspection, the noise was a fast fan (never happened before) - I first did a Time Machine BU and cloned the HD w/ CCC.

    Then I simply shutdown & powered back up - no noise. iStats reported the fan @ 3400 rpm when noisy, now running @ 1400 rpm (temp about 80 degrees F). I was planning to reset the SMC if the noise returned, but seems fine @ the moment. Any other advice, checks, etc.? Thanks - Dave


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    Apple explains things in this article about resetting the SMC:-

    iMac: Fans run at full speed after computer turns on
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Reference the Apple article: Who in world pushes the power button on at the same time while plugging the AC power cord in to the receptacle?

    @Dave

    Did you buy Apple care for the iMac? If not, might be a good time to do so before the one year warranty is up on that machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Reference the Apple article: Who in world pushes the power button on at the same time while plugging the AC power cord in to the receptacle?

    @Dave

    Did you buy Apple care for the iMac? If not, might be a good time to do so before the one year warranty is up on that machine.
    Hi Harry & Chscag - thanks for your comments! Not to worry, I do have Apple Care and bought locally at a MacAuthority store in the mall.

    Also I was reviewing information on resetting the SMC, and for an Intel-based iMac (directions quoted below), a little simpler than trying to bring Frankenstein to life -

    Dave

    Shut down the computer.
    Unplug the computer's power cord.
    Wait fifteen seconds.
    Attach the computer's power cord.
    Wait five seconds, then press the power button to turn on the computer.

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