MBP noise driving me crazy!

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  1. jay1097 macrumors member

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    Ok, so I have a MBP 2.66GHz 9600gt. Is almost a month old, and I find that it makes a whirling noise from the right side. It is only audible when my room is quiet. I was wondering if this was the normal sound. The sound is always there, even when the I'm browsing the web.

    Can someone tell me if this is normal, or if their macbook pro is completely silent.
     
  2. pullfocus macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if I recall correctly, the lower right side is where the HD drive is located, so it might just be the drive spinning louder than it should be.
    Certainly not normal, if I had to venture a guess.
    Call AppleCare and see what they say.
     
  3. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    Noise

    I have a 15" with the 9400M graphics only, the lower Macbook Pro 15" model at 2.53GHz. It is virtually silent except for a noise that the DVD/CD drive makes on startup. I have no "whine at all" like you described. :cool:
    May I suggest you take it in to see if an :apple: Genius at the Apple store thinks it is "normal"?
     
  4. pullfocus macrumors 6502a

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    And yes, mine is also completely silent.
    For what it's worth.
     
  5. jay1097 thread starter macrumors member

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    The HDD is located on the lower left side, so I don't think it's that.
     
  6. jay1097 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, just to understand when you guys say completely silent you mean <10db
     
  7. pullfocus macrumors 6502a

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    I just checked the manual. It looks like it's on the lower right. At least on the one I saw.

    Here's a link. It's on page 42.
    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacBook_Pro_15inch_Mid2009.pdf
     
  8. pullfocus macrumors 6502a

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    In a completely silent room, I hear squat unless I put my ear to it.
     
  9. jay1097 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help so far. You are right, the HDD is on the right side, I'm sorry about the mistake.

    Since I wasn't sure I decided to take off the bottom of my mbp and turn it on. The noise was coming from the hard drive. It's probably because swapped out my original drive from a 7200 RPM WD black drive. Apparently these drives are noisy, I guess I should have got a SSD instead.
     
  10. pullfocus macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, no problem, and don't apologize. I had to look it up, too.

    It could just be your drive, what you could do is put the old drive back in and see if it makes the same noise or not, though that might be a bit more of a hassle.
     
  11. jay1097 thread starter macrumors member

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    It won't be possible to do that because I'm using the second drive where my super drive used to be.

    It is apparently normal for the drive to make this 'white noise'/'whirling' sound because it is 7200 RPM, I should have just got a SSD from the get go.

    Anyway, problem solved! So thanks again for all the help.
     
  12. macgirl89 macrumors member

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    Well, my 13" MacBook Pro is making a noise coming from the right side as we speak and it's not 7200 RPM. I'm just in my room, completely silent, but I hear this noise. The fans are currently going at 2001 RPM. Is this normal? Also, the HD is what came with the MacBook Pro; I didn't change it...
     

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