Looking to buy.. the real story on the MacBooks?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Chrispy, May 30, 2006.

  1. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Hey all. I'm thinking about buying a white MacBook 1.86 but I'm a little worried. I have been hearing a lot about the buzzing sound coming from them just like with the MPB. I was messing with a few black macbooks in the apple store and noticed the sound on them but not as loud as on the MPB. Can some people with white 1.86 model macbooks tell me of any problems they have had? Your input would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I listened to all of the MacBooks at the Keystone store and I coouldn't find any buzz. If there was a buzz I took it as the general hum of a laptop computer.
  3. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I've got a 2.0ghz white model, so perhaps my opinion is moot, but I've noticed a faint mooing only when the computer gets very hot (which tends to happen if I'm using it on a blanket or pillow or something that might inhibit the cooling). The 'Moo' is just a regular spinning up and spinning down of the built-in fans...rather than running at full tilt they go in bursts. The mooing disappears if I tip the computer forward slightly to allow heat to better escape from the vents.

    Otherwise, it's been grand.
  4. drake macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2005
    My ears buzz regardless (tinitus), I'd be more concerned with heat issues.
  5. Chrispy thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Thanks for the replies so far... I may have to make a trip up to Keystone... wallet in hand I'm sure haha. I appreciate the comments and keep them coming. It is nice to hear good things about a product from time to time as well since you always hear so much bad.
  6. bill4588 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    i have a 1.83 MB and I have the whine and the moo....plus my case alignment is off...but I'm not gonna let this discourage me. I'm taking it back tomorrow to get a replacement.
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Did everyone here remove the tape over the exhaust vent if there was any? :D
  8. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    1.83 GHz MacBook, no whine, no mooing, no plastic tape left on, bearably warm underneath, wrist area no warmer than ambient temperature (that I notice anyway).

    Power supply buzzed during battery charge during calibration, but nothing since then.
  9. Apple4myhealth macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2006
    morgantown, Wv
    I just got my macbook

    Hey guys,

    I just got my mackbook and i have been using it for half an hour, No whine, no moo, and it has normal laptop heat, and it is really great!!!

    and to answer the golden question, NO no plastic wrap on the vent. :D

    I am really happy with my Macbook, it looks sexy

    Good luck to all of you
  10. pammyspyce macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2005
    Bay Area, Calif
    I bought a 1.83 on Sunday. It worked great for a few hours, no whine, heat or mooing. Then it went bad. It got so hot it kept shutting down. It moo'ed like crazy. I took it back yesterday and got another 1.83. This one vibrated. It was like the HD was spinning full blast all the time. Even the top case vibrated. I took it back today. The manager of my local Apple store tried to convince me the vibration was normal even pointing out that the 3 floor models were vibrating but I kept insisting on a refund. He finally offered to exhcange it so I have another 1.83 but it's still sealed and I'm seriously considering taking it back to a diffent Apple store. 2 bad MBs in a row?? Not too promising. :( I'm so bummed. I sold my iBook G4 and everything for this MB.
  11. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    Same exactly here no buzzing mooing etc not any hotter than a iBook G4....My Charger also buzzed during the battery calibration charge but fine since.....
    The build quality is great and it is very very fast!

  12. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I've got a 2ghz Macbook (white), 2gb ram, 60gb hard drive... no odd noises / problems here.
  13. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    I have the Black MacBook.

    General impressions:

    1. The bottom gets hot. So does the left side of the top. But the keyboard and palm rests do not, so I don't mind.

    2. I get a rare moo when I am working the Mac hard. Otherwise, it's silent.

    But, even as a demanding Mac guy, I have zero regrets. The speed difference compared with my last generation 17" PowerBook is staggering. The MacBook leaves it in the dust (and costs 2 grand less.)

    And the screen. Oh, the screen. It makes the 17" look like a Dell POS.
  14. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    Another MB "thumbs up" here. Mine has the whine, but it is faint at best. No mooing. No heat problems. Other than the whine the computer is the cats meow.
  15. BONDS macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2005


    how old is ur macbook? did you order online or did you get it from the store?

    I am looking to buy a new macbook soon and just seeing whats the best place to get a laptop to get the latest build in order to minimize any defects.

  16. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    No tape.

    In fact, no issues at all. I have had three. First they gave me a 1.83 by mistake. Next I got a white 2.0, and it did seem to get dirty on the keyboard deck too easily, so I opted for the black. None of the three machines displayed ANY issues. I am really surpised that 30% are saying that they have issues with their MacBooks. In my experience, these are amazing machines. Not hot (warm under the left hand corner, but far from hot) and dead quiet. The best notebook I have ever used. Previosuly, I had been a Vaio user. I doubt that I will ever go back, and I will certainly never regret purchasing my MacBook. A solid 10.
  17. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    You're gonna have trouble finding a 1.86 GHz MacBook, but I can only say: GO FOR IT! My MacBook (see sig), has only dones good things. No moo, no buzz, no plastic, no heat, no whine, no falling apart. Nothing but good stuff.:cool: Get yourself a MB!;)
  18. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    good good :)

    i'm really tempted to just plump for one but i really should rather wait for september and get a MBP... damn lack of money! :(
  19. Chrispy thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Thanks for all the replies everyone! It is good to see there are people out there not having problems. I talked to my employer today and they are ordering me a Dell Latitude D620 to take home with me and bring to work grrrrr! BUT, I went to the Apple store last night and ended up walking out with a Core Duo Mini to go with my 20" Dell Widescreen. I will think about getting an Apple laptop later down the road, but for now my mini and my work computer will do.

    By the way, I'm lovin' the mini. It is much faster than ANY of the previous macs I have owned.... almost all were G4 based laptops tho haha. Now if only my employer would buy me a macbook and let me dual boot.. sigh.

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