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  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    I did catch that actually, thanks, but I was thinking there's something borked about whatever is controlling the fan, & that using one of those, or reinstalling one of those may cure the fan problem.

  • lillynews Level 1 (0 points)

    Ha! I'm sure I'm the one who borked it, albeit unintentionally.


    I did install smcFanControl as a diagnostic step.  I didn't have it (or the other) installed before the problem started.  I have popped a command that limits the top fan speed to 3500 (which it forgets each time the computer goes into sleep mode), but I don't particularly like that because if the fan actaully needs to go faster, it won't, and it still spends a lot of time in the 3000-3500 range, which is still annoying.  Not 5500 annoying, but irksome.


    If other diagnostic steps don't work, I may use that other program to force a more normal fan control on it.  But of course, I'd prefer to fix. So I'll keep digging.


    Still downloading (slowly) an ASD disc. 



  • den.thed Level 7 (26,007 points)

    Be sure to fully quit smcFanControl before uninstalling (moving it to the trash) and then reset your iMac's SMC after getting rid of it.


    see > FAQ


    and > Intel-based Macs: Resetting the System Management Controller


    Fan Control was actually made for the two fan notebooks, but I like it better for my Mini because once you set it up the fan progressively speeds up and down as the temperature goes up and down. 

  • lillynews Level 1 (0 points)

    While waiting for my diagnostics disc to d/l, I tried this:

    • quit and uninstalled smcfancontrol
    • reset SMC
    • --NO CHANGE.
    • Installed Lobotomo fan control
    • set parameters fairly high
    • --NO CHANGE
    • reset SMC
    • --NO CHANGE

    Here's Lobotmo fan control being ignored by my naughty mini:


  • den.thed Level 7 (26,007 points)

    Run the Apple Hardware Test, as per Using Apple Hardware Test


    Because it's starting to seem more like either a loose, pinched sensor cable or a faulty sensor.

  • lillynews Level 1 (0 points)

    I've done the Apple Hardware Tests (short and long versions), and nothing flagged.


    Given that all the temps listed in iStatPro show normal temperatures, do you think it's a bad probe causing the fans? (note: in challenging this, I don't have any other suggested paths to follow.)



    I checked the SMC version  -- it's 1.19f2.  There doesn't seem to be a firmware update for the macmini2,1:



  • den.thed Level 7 (26,007 points)

    I'm not sure what's up at this point? The only other thing that I can think of is to do a Spotlight Search for SMCFanControl just in case there is a second installation somewhere on your system.

  • lillynews Level 1 (0 points)

    ASD disk flagged nothing. All ok.


    There are no hidden fan control programs I could find. That was unlikely the problem as I hadn't installed any fan programs before my fan went haywire.


    I know we all have Fan Tedium, but any other steps I could take? Any means of overriding? It doesnt seem the fan control program slows the fans. Maybe the greater speed (between fan control and Mac) is the one used?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    My guess is the sensor or whatever that controls the fan speed ist kaput, & were up a creek.

  • VonMartens Level 1 (0 points)

    I realize this thread is a few months old but I just want to vent my spleen on the piece of garbage that I call my 2009 Mac Mini on OS X 10.6.8, barely used.  My problem is the same: high revving fan under no load for no reason with all temperatures well within limits.  I reset the SMC on three separate occasions, ran the AHT disc which says everything is OK (liar), and have searched the internet for a solution all to no avail.  I downloaded the latest smcFanControl and it wouldn't even work so I removed it. 


    Another problem with this Mac Mini: it would not open any flash based websites, so I moved it across the room and everything worked fine (on a wireless network).  When I was trying to troubleshoot it some months earlier, I had plugged it into the router via ethernet cable and it wouldn't even work.  Weird.


    I have come to the same conclusion as BDAqua about lillynews' Mac, but my Mac Mini is a total lemon, and absolutely useless as I can't even get smcFanControl to work on it. 

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