Fan (?) running excessively on MBP?

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  1. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

    asherman13

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    The fan on my 1.83Ghz bog-standard MacBook Pro seems to be running quite frequently recently...any idea as to why? I haven't made any significant changes to cause this; I just noticed yesterday or the day before that the fan (or perhaps something else) is kinda loud when I'm only doing small things, like running iChat & Safari concurrently (like right now)...

    Help?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Is it a sort of rattling/buzzing noise? I've noticed that recently in mine, and it goes away if I rotate the MBP up/down or tap it lightly.

    Yeah, I'm sure that's a good sign....
     
  3. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's kind of a buzzing sound, but the buzzing sound that you hear when a fan moves really fast, hence my thought that it could be a fan, or perhaps the hard disk platters moving (?).

    Doesn't go away with tilting or tapping; it does kind of sound like it's coming from under the right side of the keyboard, or so it seems when I put my head close to the computer.
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, it sounds like mine does, but mine can be stopped... but it might be getting worse. Looks like perhaps we both should pay a visit to the Apple Store....
     
  5. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, probably. I know it's not a "whine"; I installed the CHUD tools a while back and so the Processor switch is on my menu bar and that doesn't do anything for it. It keeps going for a bit after I close the lid and put it to sleep; when I wake it up it waits a bit before starting. I do have the "Put Hard Drive to sleep" box checked in Energy Saver, so as far as I know it isn't the HDD. :confused:
     
  6. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    After perusing iStat Nano I realized that nearly all of my memory is being used (see attachment). Any way I can reset this? I'm only running Safari right now (WTF?!?); Airport is on and running as well.

    Could this be the problem? ::Goes to check the Activity Monitor::

    EDIT Seems as nothing too bad there; my widgets seem to be taking up a decent amount of real and virtual memory; any way to reset that?
     
  7. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Eureka!

    Sorry to do a new post again, but I think I found the real answer:

    From http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/macbook-pro-noise-complaints/:
    I think that's what it is...
     
  8. bimboles macrumors member

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    I took my last MBP back because of the mooing and this one is now doing it too. It is really begining to get on my t1ts.
     

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