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How much vibration does it take to damage a computer?

by Alegoo92 / February 14, 2008 5:46 AM PST

I'm sure anyone reading this is, by now, familiar with the design of the current line of iMacs as well as the iMac G5's.

Just in case you're not, the design aspect I'm focusing on today has to do with the built in speaker, which covers the length of the bottom of the mac.

So, while I was listening to music like always today- and had my hand a little lower than the top-left corner of my iMac. I noticed that there was a very high amount of vibration I could feel that far away from the speakers. The song I was listening to had a lot of bass, but was still only a Musical- so a lot more vibration could be achieved with some sort of metal-band -type song.

So I was wondering if there's anyone out there who can shed some insight onto the safety of having speakers so close to the computing equipment. Seems dangerous to me?

- Alex

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Doesn't seem to be a safe design.
by welrdelr / February 14, 2008 6:09 AM PST

Probably more cosmetic than practical. Can you remove the speaker and place it elsewhere, even into an external case?

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I don't think so
by Alegoo92 / February 14, 2008 6:17 AM PST
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Wow, wonderful and impractical
by welrdelr / February 14, 2008 6:21 AM PST
In reply to: I don't think so

Great design.
Last question, can you use a sound card instead? I mean, it really isn't a stupid idea, the PC Seaker will only be doing the basic beeps and boops.

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Yes I could
by Alegoo92 / February 14, 2008 8:27 AM PST

Thats why I proposed this thread- because I wasn't sure if they were actually posing a threat.

Alex

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I doubt it's a problem.
by fbbbb / February 14, 2008 9:20 AM PST
In reply to: Yes I could

The crappy PSU, the overheating GPU and CPU are more likely to fail due to other factors than vibration.

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bass response will travel; resonance...
by shawnlin / February 14, 2008 6:30 AM PST

1) Lower frequencies (bass) will travel greater distances than higher frequencies being fed about the same power. It's just physics.

2) I'd imagine that the speakers are shielded specifically to avoid doing electronic damage. Similar to the speakers of a home theater, they are shielded to not interfere with electronic processing of the AV center, TV, DVD player, etc.

so...is anything loose or shaking in the iMac? If so, I'd get the thing fixed through Apple if still under warranty or just pop it open and tighten down some screws if out of warranty. In the meanwhile, connect some external speakers if you have them - even if they're passive (powered by the iMac itself and not needing to be plugged into the wall socket).

Best,
Shalin

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Try "specs"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 6:38 AM PST

Most hard disks have the lowest limits of the parts in your PC.

Try "Operating Vibration: 1.0G (5 to 500 Hz)"

If you manage to get 1.0G out of your speakers then it's likely your speakers are levitating.

Bob

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