Powerbook Alu issues

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by carbonmotion, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

    carbonmotion

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    I have a 15" Alu with a 4200 rpm hd and a 512mb of ddr ram... anyways, whenever im working in iphotos or preview with alot of big photos or a big pdf, and i use a scrow bars, its really choppy and the harddrive wine becomes more eloganted instead of short bursts (still pretty quite though)... my question is, is this normal or do i have a defective harddrive?
     
  2. ShadowHunter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm...are you on the latest iPhoto? As I understood it, previous versions of iPhoto were dogs with large amounts of photos...
     
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    Open up Activity Monitor and check how much RAM is free/in use. If it's just a tiny sliver, about 5 or 6MB or so, something is taking large amounts of RAM (most likely iPhoto). I personally never ever hear my HD, either something is drowning it out, or it's spun down. But I do hear my iPod's drive from time to time, it's a very high pitch whine, bugger must be fast!
     
  4. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

    carbonmotion

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    um...its not terrible serious, but does anyone else have a powerbook 15" aluminum and noticed that the you can hear the harddrive clicks? not as loud as the ibooks but still present... i mean there is really no reason for apple to use such sh*tty drives with FDB technology on so many available drives.

     
  5. stoid macrumors 601

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    I've never heard much sound from the hard drive in my 15 inch Aluminum wonder other than the occasional click and the motor engages/disengages since I have it set to spin down whenever possible.

    You might have a defective HD and should contact Apple Care.
     
  6. virividox macrumors 601

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    no thats pretty normal to hear ur hard drive spin up. but if it clicks are really short and loud it possibly a bad hd.
     

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