Hard Drive Noise

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by solidshane, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. solidshane macrumors newbie

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    I recently sent my powerbook in for repairs. It was crashing with crazy screen artifacts/anomolies. I also menitoned to them that the hard drive would make constant noise at times, most frequently when web browsing. I got it back and they had replaced the display, logic board and HD. Now it doesn't crash which is good. And the drive noises were completely gone. I have noticed recently that they are coming back though. On certain webpages the drive which just start making noise, only to stop when i click and hold the mouse button down... Very annoying sound in a quiet room. Is this a normal thing or do I have some other problem?
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Do you have your power adapter plugged in? Mine only does this when power is applied.
     
  3. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    If it's a soft droplet sound it's normal. Your hard drive has a fluid-dynamic bearing motor, which is actually a good thing!
     
  4. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Huh? Maybe I don't know what a soft droplet sound is, but all my systems, including our EMCs at work, have FDB motors and I've never heard anything like a droplet sound.
     
  5. solidshane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    good discovery there, belvdr. mine only makes the noise plugged in as well. to me it is not a soft droplet sound, but more like a fuzzy static sound...

    edit: after a bit of googling

    "I took delivery of a 17" 1GHz Al PowerBook the week they became available. There is a pronounced high-pitched ticking noise emanating from beneath the keyboard, just as others have reported. This noise is typical of a DC to DC converter. It is likely some circuit related to powering the CPU. Reducing the RAM by pulling an SODIMM out nor changing the screen brightness (there is another DC2DC there) makes a difference in my case. All the other 17" PBs' I have seen (heard) do the exact same thing."

    from here
    http://www.macintouch.com/pbg4reader33.html


    im installing CHUD tools now to mess around, some people on that site say the noise goes away... wish me luck.
     

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