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My Mac OSX is making an on-off-on whirring noise; like the internal fan going wrong! Any ideas?

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Rfgeneral reply; no, I am not sure it is the fan - no idea, really - have little knowlege of computers to  be able make an intelligent guess!

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

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Fans are active coolers and will only spin up when needed.ie when hot, as the fan cools the components the core temp drops and the fans will slow down. Are you sure its the fans sometimes the dvd drive spins up for no reason....

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