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View Poll Results: Does your Boxee Box whirr?
I can hear the fan. 91 49.73%
I can't hear the fan. 60 32.79%
I can hear the fan but don't care. 14 7.65%
There is no fan. You're crazy. 8 4.37%
I'm a Boxee fan and I whirr. At you! 10 5.46%
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Old November 12th, 2010, 08:38 PM
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Default Does your box whirr?

Just trying to find out if my box is defective or not. I posted something like this at the end of another thread but thought it might best be put in its own thread.

It whirrs constantly. Put it to sleep, two hours later... still whirring. Either the fan is too small (oops - passive cooling!), or it's defective. I just want to find out which is the case. If it's defective, I'll just exchange it for a new one.

Had to actually power it off to get it to stop.

Can be heard throughout my very quiet living/home theatre room.

Anyone else?

(Before you say it... yes, I may be very sensitive to certain noises. But, in my defence, home theatre equipment should be silent unless designed to re-produce content audio.)

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Old November 12th, 2010, 08:55 PM
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Mine is barely audible.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 09:57 PM
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When the living room is silent, like if I'm reading, it's very noticeable -- right on the edge of being too annoying to put up with. By comparison I've had a Mac mini in that same spot and I never heard it without walking right over to it and cocking my ear at it. Thankfully this is more of a whirr than a whine or I'd throw it out the window. As it is it's tolerable.

But it would be nice if in some future firmware update the fan would stop when it's in low-power suspend mode. Since I can't hear it at all if there's any audio playing, then suspending it when not in use would eliminate any problem. As it is I'm probably going to have to put it in a cabinet, even though I like the look of it. Good thing the remote is RF.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 10:18 PM
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But it would be nice if in some future firmware update the fan would stop when it's in low-power suspend mode. Since I can't hear it at all if there's any audio playing, then suspending it when not in use would eliminate any problem. As it is I'm probably going to have to put it in a cabinet, even though I like the look of it. Good thing the remote is RF.
I think you sum up my own qualms with the noise better than my first post. I agree, in "sleep" mode it should be silent (aka "not speaking until spoken to").

I can hear mine over normal content but then I spend a lot of time at work doing critical listening so that predisposes me to thinking I can hear something that I actually can't.

I don't have a cabinet sadly, our furniture is all open. I guess if I was a real home theater buff, like my posts purport me to be, I'd have closed cabinets for my av equipment.

I might still exchange the box to see if it's not mildly defective.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 10:22 PM
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judgeschambers....can you hear it when you are close to it?
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Old November 12th, 2010, 10:29 PM
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I can only hear mine if it's about three, maybe only two inches from my ear.

But I've been to a lot of rock concerts in my day

(On the other hand, I can almost always hear my HTPC in the same room).
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Old November 12th, 2010, 10:58 PM
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I can hear it, a bit disappointed it's so loud. I'm coming from a popcorn hour with no fan. But the fact is, I can also hear my Cable Box and TV So eliminating the boxee noise wouldn't make it completely quiet for me.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 11:15 PM
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I can hear it about 5 feet away more so when I am right near it....I am guessing this is normal then right?
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Old November 12th, 2010, 11:25 PM
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But it would be nice if in some future firmware update the fan would stop when it's in low-power suspend mode. Since I can't hear it at all if there's any audio playing, then suspending it when not in use would eliminate any problem. As it is I'm probably going to have to put it in a cabinet, even though I like the look of it. Good thing the remote is RF.
There isn't a low power suspend mode, so that's part of the problem. The Box consumes the same amount of power fully on and in "standby," with the only difference between the two being standby turns off video output.

Since it's running at full power, it needs its fan running.
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Old November 13th, 2010, 01:11 AM
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barely audible?

It's the only audible object in an otherwise silent room.

It would have been a good idea to design a user replaceable fan so as not to hide behind warranty voiding.
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