Am I being paranoid, or should I make an appointment with the Genius bar???

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  1. fel10 macrumors 68000

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    So the left fan of my MBP is making a buzzing sound, that I don't think it is supposed to be there. It's very hard to hear. Unless u are in a dead silent room, u will be able to hear, kind of. I told my friend about it, and he says that he can barely hear, but for some reason, it annoys the crap out of be. Here's a video I made of the noise.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDgUPPU-iSM
     
  2. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Have you cleaned it?
     
  3. sdneidich macrumors member

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    First, download iStat Pro and see what the fan speeds are. http://www.islayer.com/apps/istatpro/

    Post them here for us to see... Also, check the core temperatures while doing something energy intense, like gaming or a stress test.
     
  4. fel10 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cleaned the fans??? I just got the computer.
     
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    Stats are fine. The computer isn't completely silent. You should be able to hear something in a silent room.
     
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    After looking at your other video for the SuperDrive … I'd say take it back.

    Have Apple exchange it. Even ejecting sounds horrible. And you used a System Disk so it should never be "too thick" as somebody posted on your tube video.
     
  10. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    The fans could be rubbing against something. Does it get louder if the fans spin faster?
     
  11. fel10 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I already exchanged, twice actually. This is my third MBP. The first two had the superdrive issue.
     
  12. fel10 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it does. I did a test using SMCFanControl, and the right fan didn't have the same buzzing sound.
     
  13. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Bring it to Apple and get your 3rd replacement lol.
     
  14. fel10 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    LOL, I wish I could, but the 14 days return policy was up a week ago. I guess I can ask them to repair it.
     
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    Doesn't matter. They will REPLACE it no questions asked 30 days from purchase date. Repairing a brand new laptop makes no sense. My video card failed 26 days after I bought my 2010 MBP and I just sent it back and they sent me a new one.
     
  16. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

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    If it bothers you get it repaired. Otherwise you'll always be thinking about it.
     
  17. fel10 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh, for real??? I did not know that. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Yeah just call Apple Care and explain the situation. I'm sure they will be more than accommodating considering this is your 3rd computer.
     
  19. fel10 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cool, thanks a lot. They Apple guy will probably think I'm crazy, but I will try it anyways.
     
  20. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    Video card failing is a valid reason to return/exchange/repair. Fan noise cause you don't like the speed is not exactly a valid reason.
     
  21. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

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    Re-read the posts and reply's. It's the FAN noise that is the problem - irregardless of the speed - though it does get louder. The noise is indicative of an issue with assembly ~or~ user preferrence.

    Since Apple already returned 2/3 units then they must agree & have tested the units before replacing with BNIB product.

    Fans noise could be: chosen motor; but this would affect just about all users.
    Most likely the angle in assembly or during shipment has caused the blades to rub against something. Over time the blades will endure more damage, possibly fracture. Either way the end result is a hotter machine with parts failing quicker than warranty would suggest.

    I'm with the op & other suggestions to swap unit. at some point if the swapping gets extensive then Apple will question end user practices.
     
  22. fel10 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So, just came back from the Apple store. The guy pretty much told me that the noise is normal, and there's nothing to worry about.
     
  23. frogger2020 macrumors regular

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    Hmm, that doesn't seem to be normal. I have no noise from my system. Take it to another store.
     
  24. GeekPill macrumors member

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    I would make another appointment and get someone else to look or listen to it. Because it should not be making that noise, it should be a low hmmm.

    As others have said it could be the fan blades rubbing against something.
     
  25. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I'd take it back, thats definitely not a noise you want a fan to be making.

    Sounds like its grinding.
     

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