Ancient (2008) Macbook Pro 17" Making Funny Noise

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wolf.Raised, May 30, 2016.

  1. Wolf.Raised macrumors newbie


    May 30, 2016
    My Macbook Pro is making unusual noise that is either associated with a fan or the hard drive. Is there a way to pinpoint which is the problem without taking it apart? Since I am a starving artist and am going to try to do repairs myself, I would like to have parts purchased prior to cracking the case.
  2. ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    The 2008 model is relatively easy to open. Impossible to say what is causing a sound over the Internet.
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Post a sound/video recording of it to YouTube or other host so we can listen/see.
  4. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
    What types of sounds? Can you describe it?

    Pick it up, place your ear on the bottom of the computer. If it's towards the front, by the bottom right palm rest, that's likely your hard drive. If it's further back, under the keyboard closer to the vents, that's likely fans.

    No reason not to make a Genius Bar appt though for them to check it out. They might be able to tell you without cracking it open themselves.
  5. Wolf.Raised thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 30, 2016

    Thanks for the advice - your description was spot on and I was able to determine it's the right fan, fortunately.

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