Anyone else with a tick coming from the fan @2500 RPM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by AreanFSL, May 2, 2008.

  1. AreanFSL macrumors 6502

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    Hello Everyone -

    I've had my MBA for close to 6 weeks, it is a week 10 built Air. Everything is perfectly fine except for the little ticking noise that is coming from the fan @ 2500 RPM.
    It always occurs when I first turn the Air on. However, once the fans kick in @ 6200 RPM and shortly go back to 2500 RPM the noise is gone for approx 5-10 min. THEN, the tick goes back to it's loud state. It sounds like someone is sticking a playing card in the fan very gently.

    I've taken it to the Apple Genius bar and he was a complete waste of time. He worked the CPU by typing YES in the terminal and saying everything is fine and he can't replicate the noise..
    My question is what can I do to resolve this problem? I don't want a refurb MBA as they MIGHT give me, all I want is this problem fixed.. I am going to try another Genius Bar in a different city. Any one else with this problem?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    My MBA's hard drive sometimes makes an audible single tick every now and then. Had a MBP that occasionally did that too.

    So since yours is the fan, it's a tick-tick-tick-tick-tick sound?
     
  3. wolfie macrumors regular

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    what macbook model?
    ive heard other users hear it but its the hard drive, you might be mistaken it?

    only other thing i can think of some rubbish paticles entered the venting slots and sat close to the fans and so it hits it when it spins?
     
  4. fredrickyoon macrumors regular

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    Nothing with mine though and have had it since 02/05/2008, and it's a Week 03 production model.
     
  5. AreanFSL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No definitely not the hard drive click. I do get that occasionally.
    This is purely coming from the fan. It a very distinct audible sound specifically from the fan. It can be that particles went up through the vent. However, when I first got my MBA this sound was not there. I've taken extreme great care of my MBA and rarely take it outside my house.
    I appreciate the feedback. I will most probably take it to another genius bar until they do something about it.
     
  6. AreanFSL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I took my MBA to a apple genius and I explained to them my problem..
    The mac genius didnt even look or listen for my problem. All she did is ship it in for repair. I am air-less for 5-7 days, hopefully earlier. So hopefully they'll treat my MBA with care and not charge me anything.
    Anyone else send their MBA in for service?
     
  7. AreanFSL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great News!

    Great news! I visited the apple store Genius Bar & explained my problem. I received my MBA back with the following service description and parts used; "607-2476 THERMAL MOD W/FAN ASSY, ALT, M82."
    I guess they re-applied thermal paste and changed the fan assembly.

    The sound now has completely vanished and is in it's new condition.
    Except for the minors, came back with a looser screen. Not as tight as before but, that was bound to happen.

    Cheers!
     
  8. wordy macrumors regular

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    Great to hear it's fixed, but why would the screen be necessarily looser? They didn't need to go anywhere near it!
     
  9. StayWhatYouAre macrumors newbie

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    Thanks :)


    Thanks for posting about this, mines started doing the exact same thing - was silent at 2500 when i got it , then last week started making the noise while at 2500 (which went away after 15 minuets - sometimes longer)

    trip to the apple store for me i think :) - although apart from that its perfect...

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