Intermittent ticking - not HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fb6668, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. fb6668 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    A month ago, I started noticing an intermittent ticking noise on my old non-unibody MacBook Pro. Assuming it was the hard drive about to fail, I went ahead and replaced that with a brand new one, but I'm still getting the ticking noise. It doesn't do it all the time, but several times a day it will start, ticking pretty much once a second for any duration from a couple of minutes to well over an hour.

    Any ideas what else it may be?

    Thanks
     
  2. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    if it`s not the HD then it must be a fan, because thats the only other moving parts.
     
  3. simonsi macrumors 601

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  4. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh yeah that too but the optical drive usually does not do anything when there is no disk in it.
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Fans don't usually make a ticking noise either. Anything ticking needs a moving part, quite possible for the optical to be (re)seeking the home position due to dirt. And of course the OP may have a disk in it....

    Changed your RAM yet?
     
  6. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh yeah I solved the problem it was defective ram, the previous owner put defective ram in it and then sold it :p
     
  7. fb6668 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's not the optical drive (although that's FUBAR too). I'll try replacing the RAM in the morning and seeing if that one works. All my old workhorse MBPs are falling apart around me at the moment. But, still, at least that means I have spare parts!
     
  8. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    He was talking about RAM, and I seriously doubt RAM would make ticking sounds. I believe it is the fan.
     
  9. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    That's the sound of your warranty running out, reminder to buy AppleCare. :)

    (sorry I had to)
     

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