Popping sound on MacBook aluminum

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by rkrskr, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. rkrskr macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    Just got my MacBook Aluminum a week ago and I'm loving every single minute of it. However, I'm experiencing a popping sound on the MacBook and wonder if any of you here also suffer from the same problem. Specifically, the pop sound comes on after a short period of inactivity without audio (i.e iTunes).

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    My iBook G4 does the same thing, but then returns to normal. (Odd, considering the difference in age between the two.)
     
  3. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    SAME EXACT ISSUE!!!! NO ideas here either, unless a bad connection from the motherboard, or bad speakers. Anybody have a clue?!
     
  4. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Never had it happen with mine. Bought it the day they were available in stores.
     
  6. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    Well there's at least two of us Alu MB users who are experiencing it... I wonder if there are others?!?!
     
  7. chewbaccacabra macrumors regular

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    I just noticed it an hour ago. I thought I was going crazy!
     
  8. brikeh macrumors 6502a

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    Ive had this issue on ALL my macs. 3 iMacs, 1 Powerbook, 4 MBPs and now my new Alu MB.
     
  9. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    Any fixes?!
     
  10. nope7308 macrumors 65816

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    I think this is common among all mac notebooks. I think it functions as a 'wake up' for the speakers. Those who claim that they don't hear it probably aren't listening attentively enough.

    Really, though, is this a problem at all? It lasts less than a second and is barely audible. If it's a protective feature for the speakers, then I'm fine with it. As long as it doesn't occur during playback, I don't think we have much to complain about.

    Translation: don't worry, your machine is working fine.
     
  11. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    I doubt that all the clicking is good for the speakers.
    And it's ANNOYING as crap!!
     
  12. nope7308 macrumors 65816

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    Really? Hmm, perhaps we're talking about different things then? I've owned two macs and both had a very *slight* popping noise when the speakers were not in use for an extended period of time. It was by no means annoying, even in a quiet room.

    Also, I remember reading somewhere that a popping noise is perfectly normal because it is 'waking up' the speakers, so to speak. Sorry I can't give you a better explanation than that, but I should be studying for my logic exam tomorrow morning :D
     
  13. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    Well I guess as long as it's not something that will get worse over time and/or damage my speakers then it'll be fine... I downloaded KeepSoundAwake last night but haven't installed it yet... i might give that a try...
    Thanks.

    GO be RESPONSIBLE and study :D
     
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    If you've got the click/pop thing going on, it's very noticeable and annoying. I've had it on my G4 PowerBook, but never on any other Mac I've owned. Clearly it's the audio turning on and off. It seems to start up after I've had headphones or speakers plugged into the PowerBook and allowed it to go to sleep in that configuration. On wake, it would click and pop. Sometimes unplugging and re-plugging the jack helped, sometimes not. Sometimes fiddling with the Sound preferences would help, sometimes not. Sometimes rebooting would help, sometimes not. As problems go, this one is more infuriating than most, since it's so inconsistent. The PowerBook has not been afflicted by this issue for some time -- and I've got no idea why!
     
  15. bullitt2008 macrumors newbie

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    Same Problem

    Clicking poping noise every 20/30 seconds. sometimes not so consistent, but then will start up again. works with sound on and off... It's a very annoying sound, sounds to me like its coming from the far right speaker area. is it the HD though? I dunno. seen already a few posts on this on the official forum, so your not the only one, and looks like it could be a bit of a problem here developing once again for apple.

    Is audible in a quiet room. never noticed it until I updated the firmware for track pad, wonder if this has some significants?
     
  16. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    AFAIK, the click/pop problem as described occurs only with the G4 PowerBook series.
     
  17. doug in albq Suspended

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    your current fix is right above.

    use "KeepSoundAwake" it is actually still PPC, but it works no problem (at least for me on my early 2008 Blackbook). It uses virtually no system resources. Set it to load on startup and forget about.

    Again, it fixes the problem!
     
  18. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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  19. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    What's your experience with the battery life? Does running that App affect it much?
     
  20. doug in albq Suspended

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    I hardly ever use my battery, so I am not sure.

    But I bet it has little effect on Battery time, as it uses very little system resources. In activity monitor it uses anywhere from 0.0 to 0.3 % of my CPU.
     

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