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IBook G4 Fan keeps running

When I insert a DVD, the fan keeps running an the computer heats up -- only way to shut down is to remove the battery.

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    JDTec May 11, 2010

    The fan keeps running because it is trying to cool the processor or the memory. You have to get it checked out befroe it causes more damage.

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Next time you experience this, go to utilities.activity monitor..it will show you what program ir running the "hottest:, and the graph will display what is currently going on. you may have something running your not even aware of...

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