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How Loud Are Your Mac's Fans?

When they get hot, Macs turn on various internal fans to keep components cool. The noise can be annoying, but just how loud is it? If you have an iOS device with a built-in microphone, you can download one of many free sound meter apps (search on decibel in the App Store) and see if you're subjecting your ears to a truly unreasonable noise level.

 
 

iBook Repair Program Extended

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iBook Repair Program Extended -- Apple has broadened its iBook Logic Board Repair program to include more models of the laptop (see "Apple Announces Replacements for Some iBook Logic Boards" in TidBITS-715). The new range of affected units were manufactured between May 2001 and October 2003, with serial numbers ranging from UV117XXXXXX to UV342XXXXXX. Problematic iBooks suffer from one or more of the following symptoms on either the built-in LCD or attached external display: scrambled or distorted video; appearance of unexpected lines on the screen; intermittent video image; video freeze; or the computer starts up to a blank screen. Apple is providing repairs (including shipping costs) for free; see the FAQ page at Apple's site for more information. [JLC]

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