Weird clicking noise

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RossMcleod, May 24, 2010.

  1. RossMcleod macrumors newbie

    RossMcleod

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    It's coming from my new MBP, no idea why. If it's a notification or something.

    Not when I do anything in particular and it's intermittent.

    Take a headphone jack and tap it off you MBP lightly, it sounds like that but with more of a ting.

    :confused:
     
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    Could be your hard drive going out. That would be pretty rare, especially as it's a new MBP, but anything's possible. Are your files backed up? If not, you might want to start backing up your important documents to an external hard drive. If your hard drive goes out, you'll lose everything.

    It would be best to have someone take a look at the machine.
     
  3. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    so many threads on this clicking noise. most cases it is absolutely normal, mine does it from time to time also. no worries! enjoy your mbp!
     
  4. vbman213 macrumors 6502

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    probably 9 times out of 10 it is the SMS module engaging. It doesn't take much to engage the SMS (Sudden Motion Sensor). The clicking is the hard drive heads parking in a safe location. This is a good thing!
     
  5. RossMcleod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It keeps happening. Define 'It doesn't take much to engage the SMS'.

    When I type it sometimes clicks. Really beginning to annoy me but don't want to return it if it's something simple.
     
  6. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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    It's just the hard drive head parking it self.

    I believe you can change it in the energy saving preferences.
     
  7. maximus06 macrumors regular

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    People are ignorant, it is not the HD. HD makes no noticeable sound at all. Its a "defect" with the new macbook pros.

    You can solve it by placing a thin cloth, like the included apple cloth, folded in half over the battery (place on left hand side). The battery moving/wobbling down a few mms on the left side is what makes the noise.
     
  8. RossMcleod thread starter macrumors newbie

    RossMcleod

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    Disabled SMS via Terminal and issue persists. :(

    Any proof this is a known issue? Really don't want to have to open this thing unless I have to.

    Also, putting a cloth on there might cause heating issues would it not, bit of an unusual solution?
     
  9. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    Take it back, prove the problem, and demand a replacement.
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    have you noticed any performance issues to indicate hard drive failure?

    run a few tests, use Disk Utility etc.
     
  11. RossMcleod thread starter macrumors newbie

    RossMcleod

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    Nope, everything seems fine to be honest.

    Ran Disk Utility, all appears to be ok, any other test's I should know about?

    Thanks for everyones help so far by the way! :)
     
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    maybe get Disk Warrior and see how that goes?

    if disk utility isnt finding anything then i think you will be fine. just be sure to backup.!
     
  13. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Are you crazy? I really really hope that is a sarcastic answer.

    This sound is most certainly the SMS and your HDD locking because of it.

    End of thread.
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    the OP said he disabled SMS and it still happened. so it couldnt be that, could it?
     
  15. ClassicII macrumors 6502

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    Bottom line is that the machine should not be doing this. It looks like it will have to go in for repair. If it does let us know what they ended up doing.
     
  16. mtehonica macrumors regular

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    I had the same issue in my 13" MBP (Early 2010) and it turned out to be the SMS. Didn't think it was the SMS because none of my other MB/MBPs have done this in the past. I disabled the SMS and tested and it didn't happen anymore. When I turned it back on, it still didn't happen so apparently disabling and re-enabling the SMS fixed it. I fixed it by disabling and re-enabling SMS from Terminal. Run "sudo pmset -a sms 0" and then run "sudo pmset -a sms 1".
     

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