My third whining MacBook, second with screen flickering

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by other, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. other macrumors 6502

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    I really must hand it to Apple for providing me with such high quality MacBooks. I'm on my third now. It still whines, and it still has a flickering screen. Unfortunately, I'm not too sure if I can return it. It was ordered November 8th, so it's not like I'm within my two week period. Thank you Apple.

    Like I've said so many times before, I really, really, doubt that there's such a thing as a non-whining MacBook. Either you don't know what it sounds like, or your hearing ain't that good (or maybe you just deny it?). I still haven't heard a MacBook without it anyway.

    What can I say? I'm really disappointed. This is the price I have to pay for wanting OS X? I'm going to contact Apple tomorrow and see what can be done about this. I hope I can somehow get my money back.
     
  2. phungy macrumors 68020

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    My room is dead silent and I can't even hear the fan on my MB. I'll try running more programs and see if it starts to whine.
     
  3. other thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You can't even hear the fan? It's not that silent. I mean, it's really easy to hear the fan. Maybe the whine is trickier though.
     
  4. phungy macrumors 68020

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    If I actually pay attention to the fan noise, I can barely hear it. It's running at 2500rpm right now. I have to place my ear on the MB to actually hear the fans spinning.

    So the "whine" is suppose to be constant? Is your MB a core duo or core 2 duo?
     
  5. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Oh just deal with it, its not a big deal. Its just the sound it makes.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Really can't say it (C2D/2MB) whines at all. Fan makes a whoshing noise in quiet times, but only because I have turned it up to 3900rpm. FWIW, my hearing is not perfect.
     
  7. other thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The whine is there when there's no CPU activity. For example, launch photo booth and it goes away. I have a Core 2 Duo MacBook.

    Are you in a loud environment or something? The fan noise isn't loud, but it's still very easy to hear. This puzzles me. :)
     
  8. other thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's a big deal. A dealbreaker for me.
     
  9. Boxer macrumors regular

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    Hey man, I feel your pain! I had a couple Macbook Pros that did the same thing and among other things. But don't give up on Apple. I know you are pissed and that is perfectly understandable, but don't let a few bugs cause you to hate apple. They will get you a machine that works. Dont worry.
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Is this the whine that comes from the upper left of the keyboard when the magsafe is plugged in?
     
  11. micsaund macrumors 6502

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    I bought my MB at the very end of December and it doesn't have any issues. I can hear the fans, but no flicker and no whine. And, I hear high frequencies quite well (most TVs and other things that many others don't hear).
     
  12. other thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't know. I really want OS X, but I can't keep doing this. It's been more than two months now.

    Yes. I must say though, the whine is still there when the magsafe isn't plugged in, but it's more quiet.
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Search the forums here as their are many (not me) that have had your problem. You may find a solution there. Try: whine + magsafe
     
  14. Speedracer04 macrumors 6502a

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    Can someone describe this whine?/when it happens and what you are doing? After reading a couple threads about this I went and listened. Mine is very quite until it is under a heavy load then it seems to be loud...almost louder than it should be with a whine type of sound.

    Is it only considered whining when under little or no load and you can still hear it?
     
  15. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Most people report the whine when their is NO load on their system, what you are hearing could be your fan kicking up.
     
  16. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I hear a veryvery faint noise coming (sort of like a buzzy screech? a whine, I guess?) from the left side of the computer but I only hear it when I place my ear against the keyboard.

    I don't use the Macbook with my head pressed against it, so there is no problem, as far as I'm concerned. I can't hear it if I'm sitting upright.
     
  17. other thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Take a look at my old thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=264801
     
  18. nickster9224 macrumors 6502a

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  19. other thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Since this is my third, I don't really think a new computer would be any different.
     
  20. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Seems like its a design flaw that only becomes noticeable under certain circumstances to people with sufficient hearing acuity.
     
  21. 2tallyAwesome macrumors regular

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    With the exception of the fan when I am watching a long movie, my Macbook C2D (late 2006) is SILENT.

    And before you even say it, I am VERY aware of high pitched buzzing sounds. My television when left on too long has this very faint, and very annoying high pitched whine that I cannot STAND. I have tested it in silent rooms, starting every resource hungry program I can think of and listening to all parts of the computer.

    While I am usually very conscious of a wide range of sounds, my macbook (with the exception of the occaisional fan noise) is SILENT.

    Just thought I would share. :p
     
  22. breakfastcrew macrumors 6502

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    the whine is a high pitch noise. A lot of ppl can't hear it.
     
  23. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I actually might have just heard the whine! But I guess for most people that can't hear the whine, that's why there are those few who complain about the whine. In that case, they should just deal with it.
     
  24. 2tallyAwesome macrumors regular

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    Right, and I can usually hear high pitched sounds, to the point I can't use some of my electronics. I am cursed with canine quality hearing.

    I am 100% completely positive my macbook has no whine.
     
  25. trudd macrumors regular

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    The fan and the whine sound quite different, but you have to know what you're listening for.

    Right now, I'm running Compressor and FCP. All fans are on and the laptop is running at 178ºF. It is a constant sound.

    The whine isn't as constant The sound is intermittent. IE there will be a small break in sound every few seconds.

    My MBP doesn't whine very often. My boss's whines constantly. Thing is, he can't even hear the whining. To me, the frequency is deafening.

    Don't confuse the fans with whining.
     

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