Rattling/Grinding rMBP 2012 15inch

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  1. muffinman3679 macrumors newbie

    muffinman3679

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    Strange grinding and rattling noise coming from retina macbook pro 15 inch bought in september 2012. Just noticed the sound today as it was stationary on my desk, pick it up to notice moving the laptop in upward/downward motions recreates the sound as if something large is moving around.

    My main concern is. if the problem is unfixable and merits a replacement, will i receive the 2012 model (as i desire), or will i get the latest model that only has integrated graphics and fragile glass display... :mad::mad:

    any insight appreciated or if anyone else has had a similar grinding noise. Seems to get louder depending on the laptops heat.
     
  2. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    Could it be a fan hitting/touching something? I believe a number of fans have been replaced in these.
    A visit to the Apple store may be a good idea if the noise is readily reproducible.
    I would imagine they would replace just the fan if that's the cause.
     
  3. muffinman3679 thread starter macrumors newbie

    muffinman3679

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    Just Command+A Command O all applications to test if it was the fans, no luck.

    It just slowly builds up as the laptop heats up, tried maxing the fans on smc and didn't cause the grind :S.

    I live in new zealand and we don't have apple stores here unfortunately.
     
  4. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, interesting. Not many moving parts in a rMBP :confused:
     
  5. muffinman3679 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is my thought too, either something has crept behind the keyboard if thats even possible, or something is loose, possibly battery shaking around. i'll contact apple support tomorrow, I'm just so glad i opted for the extra warranty, funny how problems pop up mere months after standard warranty expires, very suspicious ;P
     
  6. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    I think the battery cells are well stuck down.
    Maybe an internal screw dropped out or something.

    Regarding your second question in post 1, if it comes to the point of the machine being replaced maybe you could ask specifically for a refurbed 2012 model. I suspect there'll be a few about.
     
  7. muffinman3679 thread starter macrumors newbie

    muffinman3679

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    ok im going to take it into a repair place :S , would it be wise for some individual "not me" to uninstall non-legitimate software from their computer before seeing an apple specialist, idk something like windows 8 non activated? just wondering, not in this situation my self.
     

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