2-week-old MacBook Pro 17 Inch makes "beep" sound randomly... Ideas?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jackmack, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. jackmack macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2006
    So I first noticed this the other night and didn't think anything of it (figured it was just some random beep from a gadget).

    It wasn't until the 2nd or third time that I realized it is coming from the body of my macbook pro (and I use external speakers above my desk, so I know it wasn't just a sound from the built-in speakers). No idea where it is coming from because the beep is very random.

    I thought maybe the beeping was being triggered by the hard drive initializing because it beeped once when I left it alone for a while and then tried to use finder, but I haven't been able to replicate it at all.

    It's hard to describe the beep... it isn't very high pitched, but it seems like a "something isn't right" beep.

    My questions are:

    1) Does this sound like anything any of you have heard of?

    2) Is there any HDD checking software I can use. On a windows maching, when I want to check the status of a harddrive, I use UBCD's HDD testing stuff. Would that work on a mac?
  2. Mac-Life macrumors member


    Feb 10, 2009


    I have a MacBook Pro 17" 2.8 GHz 500 GB / 7200 RPM and it also says a sound one time in between. It is the same as we are talking about. My previous MacBook Pro 17" 2.66 GHz said the same, just with a smaller sound. 2.66 GHz, I returned and got the money again. Ordered as a 2.8 GHz and it says the same sound as yours. I called Apple and they sent me a new one. I got a new order number and email so that I could follow it. So it's service.
  3. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    If you have the 500 Gb 7200 RPM hdd, the beeping is a documented problem.

    Call Apple to see what their advice is. Some people have gotten replacements.
  4. jackmack thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2006
    Thanks for the replies guys, mine is indeed a 500gig 7200rpm. So it sounds like this is pretty wide spread? I can't seem to find any other people talking about it specifically regarding the newer macs.

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