911--MBP "gong" noise

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  1. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    All--

    Strange thing: I have a new 2.4 GHz MBP. I went to restart it a few minutes ago and got a loud alert sound--almost like a gong. I tried a SMC reset to do avail.

    Any ideas before I march to the Apple store?
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    A gong sound, and then what happened? It won't boot or something? I've never heard of a gong noise on any recent Macs, did you install new RAM recently? I'm confused.
     
  3. psychofreak Retired

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  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    You gotta be kidding if this is the issue. This guy registered in 2003. Noob of the century if this is the case though.
     
  5. Naimfan thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Sorry--

    I've done nothing to it, except turn it off when I left the car shop, and then turn it on when I got home.

    It's not the start up gong--louder, and ongoing, like an alarm clock. It doesn't boot--the screen stays dark, and the sound continues. The light by the latch blinks in time with the sound.
     
  6. Feverish Flux macrumors regular

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    Your machine cannot find any RAM.

    Take out the RAM and re-seat it if you just installed it, take one out and try it with the other if you haven't.
     
  7. psychofreak Retired

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    Sorry about assuming it was the start up sound...

    Sounds like its a hardware thing (I had the same when my MB had the random shutdown problem), try resetting the PRAM just in case.
     
  8. alexjdb macrumors member

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    Call 1-800-MYAPPLE and let them hear the sound, or try with a different hard drive.
     
  9. Naimfan thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just tried that--with some trepidation! I tried both RAM chips in each slot, singly and together. Same thing.

    EDIT--Correction--tried it again, and it appears that the top RAM slot is bad. Works with one chip in the bottom RAM slot, but the sound returns when I put the other RAM chip in the top slot (closest to the keyboard).
     
  10. Feverish Flux macrumors regular

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    Assuming you don't have any spare "good" RAM to put into it, you ought to take it in to the store.

    Same thing happened to me and it was two bad sticks of RAM.

    Have you tried putting each one in each slot, and then starting it up to eliminate one that might be bad?

    Edit - OK, you did that.

    Good luck at the store.
     
  11. Naimfan thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Update:

    Turned out to be a bad memory socket, so the store replaced the computer with a new one.
     
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