Macbook constantly making noise now..

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  1. Nuks macrumors 6502a

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    My macbook (fine for almost a month) has started to constantly make noise. It's not a moo, but it's kind of like my old computer, you can constantly hear...... something making a noise in the background (i don't think it's the fans) and it also makes... electronic noises. I can't really explain it better than that, but I'm hoping someone will be able to help me out anyway. I haven't really turned it off since I got it (once to calibrate it, and a couple times for reboots here and there). Anyone have an answer?


    Thanks.
     
  2. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    Does it sound a bit like a beeping sort of noise? And the hard drive sounds a bit like a fan/rushing air?
     
  3. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah kind of. Like electronic blips in the background, but predominantly a low, continuous sound like you mentioned (i think)..
     
  4. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    Verify S.M.A.R.T status in Disk Utility.

    Have you noticed unusual slowness on the machine. Sometimes not starting up correctly?

    You may want to take your machine to and Apple Store.
     
  5. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    I get electronic blips too. I thought this was CPU whine? It goes away when I set it off doing something....hmmmm. I'll check my harddrive too.:rolleyes:
     
  6. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I repaired my permissions, and S.M.A.R.T. is enabled, but still the sound persists.

    I don't have an Apple store within 2100 kms either, so that's a no-go.
     
  7. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    Hmmm. Yes, It sounds like the CPU. Call Apple.
     
  8. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    Yes. It's verified. NO ONE appreciates my help that could lead to a happy macbook.:rolleyes:
     
  9. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I do call Apple and it is the CPU, how will they go about fixing it? I won't lose anything off my harddrive, will i?
     
  10. madmax_2069 macrumors 6502a

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    they wont, Apple say's that the CPU whine is normal operation.

    i don't know why apple don't try to find out what is wrong. i myself have never herd a CPU whine, i dont own a MB, or MBP yet (prolly never will, im broke) and never seen one in person so i dont know what it sounds like
     
  11. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright, thanks.

    There's no way for ME to do anything, is there?
     
  12. shakerbaby macrumors regular

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    Not sure if this is the same noise but mine hums due to an inverter problem if the display is not at full brightness and I am gonna take it back next week. Check you display brightness to see if its the same problem.
     
  13. mopppish macrumors 6502

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    It probably is the processor.
    My new Macbook has a bit of processor whine. And it's a week 39 build, so I'm sure that by now the problem has been addressed as much as it can be.
    I was a little disappointed at first, but the more I read about it, it sounds like it's kind of the nature of the beast, and I'm quite happy with the Macbook otherwise. I've heard that people hear this noise even on non-Apple notebooks with Core Duos. Some say they have a Core Duo Windows machine and can't hear any noise, but I bet that's mostly because the fan noise covers it up. :D
    Anyway, if you send it to Apple, they will probably replace the logic board, and you may get one that's just as noisy because even the "fixed" logic boards have this whine to some extent. It's just not as bad as it used to be.
    Don't worry about it too much unless it's REALLY loud or your MB starts acting up in other ways.

    P.S. Check your Macbook's build week (the 4th and 5th digits of the serial number). If it's around 30 or above, than I doubt you have a unit that would actually benefit significantly from a logic board replacement.

    P.P.S. Ask yourself how bad the noise REALLY is. Sometimes these kind of things seem way worse than they are because once you notice them, you can't stop thinking about them for a while...
     
  14. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    Mines a week 38. I can live with it easily. It jsut sounds like a faint electronic beep. I can live with it. I only notice any slight noises when (for example, now) I'm in my room at night and the house is silent.:)
     

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