Weird faint metallic click noise whenever I move MacBook Pro

Drudkh

macrumors newbie
Jan 18, 2009
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Interesting, if you lift the whole laptop up - suspended, and do the same pressing action, do you still hear the clicking sound?
 

MBHockey

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Oct 4, 2003
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That is normal. It is the sudden motion sensor protecting the hard drive from being damaged.
That noise doesn't sound like the sudden motion sensor. The HD heads would not be able to park and unpark that fast. I think every noise anyone ever hears with an MBP is automatically blamed on the sudden motion sensor at first :)

OP, it sounds like something is loose with the casing or maybe inside. Have you tried removing the bottom plate and screwing it back in tightly?

There's been some other odd noises coming from MBPs, like faint 'tinking' metallic sounds. After a few months someone discovered what that was and it was an easy fix. I don't think this is what you're experiencing but you can look at that here:

http://tenonedesign.com/blog/fix-your-macbook-pro-like-a-champ/
 

corvus32

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Sep 4, 2009
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I had a metallic noise issue on a 2010 MBP I purchased in early April, although not quite as severe as some of the youtube posters.

I can only speculate as to the cause, but it was definitely not the hard drive's sudden motion sensor kicking in. For one, it made no difference if it was powered on or off.

Mine also had a issue where the fans or something would make an annoying "puh" sound every minute or two, so I returned it for a refund.

I took a chance last weekend though and purchased the exact same model again from the same retailer, and I'm happy to say it exhibits no sign of either problem. YMMV
 

sjinsjca

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Oct 30, 2008
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That noise doesn't sound like the sudden motion sensor. The HD heads would not be able to park and unpark that fast.
?? Oh yes they do. They must respond and park within milliseconds else why bother?

Quick test: does this clinking only occur when the machine is running? If so, then it's the sudden motion sensor doing its job. If not then something's loose.