MBA fan makes a new noise

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MfAP, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. MfAP macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    I have had my MBA for almost a week, and I've had no issues so far. Until now.

    This is the case: The fan operates as it should. It stayes on 2500 rpm at light use, and increases with heavier use. At 2500 rpm I was not able to hear it without putting my ear next to the keyboard. That was yesterday.

    Today the fan produces a new noise. It isn't very loud, but clearly audible at 2500 rpm in a quiet environment. It's a low, constant, buzzing kind of noise. It also increases with fan speed.

    What gives?
  2. jtamac macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    Mine does the same thing. 1.6/80. If I am sitting in a quiet place it is a constant buzzing that is really annoying. I am not sure if it is the HD or the fan.

    Did you get a resolution?
  3. MfAP thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    No. I called Apple about it, and a norweigan girl told me that it would be normal for a fan to change its sound after a while. I told her I didn't believe here, and she took it back. (Weird.) Then she told me to take the computer to an Apple store to have it looked at, which I did. The guy in the store looked sad and sighed when he said he had too much to do already. He suggested that I shuold run the built-in Apple hardware test which I did when I got home. It showed nothing.

    At the moment I'm not sure whether I should just live with it or have someone really look at it.

    I do notice that when I lift and drop (not literally, of course) the MBA it sounds like the fan blades "hit" something: the sound changes from "fan" to "saw". Can someone else with an MBA try this and confirm that it shoult be like that? (The fan has to be spinning at more than 2500 rpm.)
  4. teek macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2008
    I think I just had this too

    I think I just had this happen to me last night. Im thinking about opening up my MBA and taking a look at the internals.. There's so much crap going on that this computer feels like a 10 year old car.. weird noises, heat problems, lagged graphics (flicker) etc etc. I am going to sell my MBA because it's a piece of crap, really. Apple refused to replace it or fix it claiming it had no issues. Suckers.. I guess it's back to windows? NO! :) Gonna get me a Penryn MBP.
  5. AreanFSL macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    YES - Finally, i'm not alone!
    I am also have this slight thudder from the fan coming near the middle/top left. This slight saw-like judder comes and goes. I know this because i'm very sensitive and notice sounds very easily.
    It sounds like someone put a business card 1/2 MM into the fan. (This is all happening @ 2500 RPM)
    However, one thing I do notice is when the fan hits full 6200 and comes back to 2500 this sound seems to vanish.

    Let me know everyone's experience with Apple with regard to this issue.
  6. psychoboyjack macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2008
    Mine does it too. Though it only happens when the computer isn't level - like when it's with me sitting down or on a bed. I got frustrated last night and moved it around (roughly) and banged on it (a little more gentle!) and it solved it momentarily.

    I'm starting to think it's a loose fan or something like that. Not very happy at all!
  7. AreanFSL macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    Anyone else with new information in regards to this issue?
  8. schixzotic macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    Could it be the hard drive making the noise?
    I'm using the SSD version and I don't have that problem at all.
  9. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

    Santa Rosa

    Aug 22, 2007
    I have the SSD and when the fans are idling at 2500 it is virtually silent. When things pick up you can obviously hear them going and mine has a quiet high pitched sound. Just going to live with it as its not that bad.

    My remedy for annoying computer noises, always play music, have been doing it for at least 10 years now!!! Until they can completely remove moving parts and electronic noise they are always going to make some rumblings unfortunately. Hope everyone that has a problem gets it fixed!! :apple:
  10. AreanFSL macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    Is it problem occurring in everyones MBA? My fan @ 2500 sounds like someone is taking a piece of paper and put it in there ever so gently. It's very low but, distinct. I am contemplating whether or not I should take it in to Apple.

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