Weird grinding noise from MacBook fans

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  1. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey,
    Loving the new(ish) MacBook :D

    One thing though: For the first time, I used the MacBook in a quiet environment, and I noticed that a small grinding noise is coming from the fan. Kind of like it's rubbing against something. It's not causing any performance issues, it's just kind of annoying.

    Do you know what the problem might be and if it can be fixed under warrenty? I'm super careful with all my electronic gadgets.

    If I put my ear right up to the air vent under the "MacBook" logo, it sounds like there might be a speck of plastic caught in the fan or something...

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure there isn't a plastic cover over a vent? May sound stupid, but it happened before with a few people.

    Anyway, if it is within the first two week period, you can take it back for a replacement. It is covered under Apple Care, and if you take it to your local Apple Store, they will repair/replace it for you.
     
  4. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, but what do you mean by "plastic cover"?

    Thanks
     
  5. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    This little thing:

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm I tried putting my fingers in there and I couldn't seem to pull out anything like that. How would I go about taking it out? Do MacBooks come with those as part of the packaging?
    I installed smcFanControl and turned up the fan to maximum for a couple hours, hoping that would do something. Nothing changed though.

    I have a recording of the fan noise. It's not that great, I recorded it with Photobooth, and used an old pair of speakers as a mic :p
    http://154.20.93.77:8000/macrumors/Movie 29.wav

    Thanks for all your help!
     
  8. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, and if it matters, the Macbook is the Mid-2007 base model, non-refurbished.
     
  9. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    No, not all do.

    That is a very strange sound, assuming you're still covered under AppleCare, you may want to take it into the Genius Bar and see what they've got to say.
     
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  11. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    There's no Apple Store around here. Is there a phone number I can call for support?
     
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  13. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay I'll try that. For Canada right?
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    English:
    1-800-263-3394

    Français:
    1-800-263-3394

    That issue was only on the first gen Core Duo models.
     
  15. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone, the issue seemed to disappear by itself.
     
  16. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

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    dude rihanna owns

    Also, I'd be very wary of keeping a MacBook that sounded like that ever. I'd still consider having it looked at if you're under warranty.
     
  17. chipchen macrumors 6502

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    fan was probably slightly off it's access. just needed to settle into place and find it's "groove" probably. have you seen UPS and FEDEX ship computers nowadays? They toss those things around like stuff animals at a carnival. Probably just got slightly knocked around... needed to run a while to settle back.
     

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