Is this normal? (macbook sound issue)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pottebaum, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. pottebaum macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2007
    I think I may have what is referred to as the "macbook whine". It's barely audible from a normal distance from the computer, but if you put your ear on top of the left side of the keyboard (like by the D key), you can clearly hear a kind of high-pitched, staticky sound. It kind of changes in frequency as I start up more applications, so I'm pretty sure its related to the CPU. I did a google search on it, and it seems like most of the complaints are from like 2 years ago for the Macbook Pro models, so I'm not sure what's up.

    I'm trying to determine whether I should take it in for repair (or replacement) or not.

  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Does it sound like static, or does it sound like the drive is being read. Or does it sound like a Woosh or Shhhh sound. The Woosh or Shhh sound could be the fan spinning up higher as you use more processor when opening up more programs. Or it could be the drive as you open anything the causes access to the drive. But if you want to be sure, I would take it in to have someone else actually hear it.
  3. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    Does the sound also temporarily go away when you use the trackpad?
  4. pottebaum thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2007
    Nope. It's constant.

    I'm thinking its normal, or at least a very common defect. We don't have an Apple store around here, but I went to a Mac specialist, reseller and the one macbook they had on display had the same sound.
  5. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    i heard loads about this issue before i bought my macbook. i just had a little go now and i can hear some kind of static sound, which changes when i use my trackpad.

    and to be honest, i don't give a crap. you say you can barely hear it when you're a normal distance away, and its the same for me, although only when the room is absolutely silent (which isn't very often). so i don't see what the whole problem.

    to be honest, i think you're looking into this problem too much.

Share This Page