My fan is making a skipping noise

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thopunk, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. thopunk macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2007
    Hey all. My fan has been very loud lately at its default setting (1000rpm). It sounds like it is skipping or hitting something inside. I took it to the apple store and they said something is causing it to over work and i should reformat the computer... which i know is incorrect. Does it sound like i need a new fan? I do a lot of photoshop work and my computer gets up to 190+ degrees often, so the fan gets a lot of work! thanks!

    oh, i also notice when i speed it up to about 1400rmp, the skipping stops.

    i have a macbook pro core duo, 17".
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    They are idiots. Tell them you need a new fan.
  3. thopunk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2007
    my thoughts exactly. which is why i didnt get it done. that seems to be the go-to thing when they dont want to do work, or they dont know exactly what's wrong. ill take it back out there i suppose. good ol apple care.
  4. TheJayWay macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    yeah, you need a new fan. Mine did the same, it will get worse as it progresses. I found that if you spun it up faster (5000-6000RPM) the centrifugal force will tend to help the fan stay centered in its chassis. Eventually this won't work though, and it'll make a hell of a racket.

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