Hey guys. I'm wondering if somebody can help me out.
At work I have a 450mhz G4 Mac. It was purchased through ebay, but had a bad case fan so my boss replaced it. As long as I've had it, the fan has been very noisy and was getting on my nerves. I compared it to the guy's fan next door to me and noticed that mine put out much more air but was much, much louder than his. His is a computer is a 433mhz G4, so I didn't think that really accounted for the difference in cooling capacity. Our conclusion was that the replacement fan was just much more powerful (and noisy) than was required.
Here's my question: will putting a 5w 50ohm resistor in line with the fan harm anything? It's much quieter and still seems to be putting out as much, or more breeze than the guy's fan next door. I should maybe note that the fan is driven by wires directly from the power supply. Could this harm the fan or the power supply? I REALLY don't want to screw up my computer that I earn my living with, but the decreased roar from the computer really makes my office more comfortable to work in. Thoughts?