weird pop noise from computer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by agg6776, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. agg6776 macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2008
    The past month or so my computer has been making a weird popping noise that is relatively soft and with a bit of a splurt, for lack of a better word, noise also. It's a really short noise that sounds similar to the Facebook chat noise, but not as poppy as that.

    I've noticed it seems to happen when my computer hasn't made any noise for a while (because I've been doing something that doesn't require noise) and then when it needs to make noise, the weird pop noise happens first before the desired noise. For example, if I sit here and don't do anything but type this post for about a minute, then hit the volume up key, there is the quiet popping/weird noise then the normal chirp noise. It also seems to happen at random times...??

    This actually happened on my friend's brand new macbook first, then it started happening on my computer (MacBook Pro from March).

    Does anyone know anything that might explain this/anything I could do to stop it?

  2. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    how old is the unit?

    My old PB 12 inch G4, makes a pop noise every time i turned the volume up, or a instant message tone is made. If it i s coming through the speakers plug in some head phones then see if it still happens.

    I lost sound through my speakers on my powerbook, i plugged in my headfones, and unplugged them and the sound returned
  3. agg6776 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2008
    I got it in March '08 with Leopard on it. It's a 2.4 Ghz, got it right before the Multi Touch trackpads came with them (sadly)...

    If I plug in earphones it doesn't make the sound, but I can hear a background kind of static sound when the computer need to make noise, and then that stops after about 30 seconds. When that stops and I hit volume up or something there is a bit of a delay where the pop noise would be and then the chirp, and then background static for 30 seconds.

    It also happened on the new MacBook too though... ?
  4. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    Have you done a SMC and PRAM reset?

    Does this do this noise when you turn on the machine or say 10 minutes after it has booted?
  5. agg6776 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2008
    So I finally got around to doing a SMC and PRAM reset and it still makes the noise. Even after doing the PRAM reset (second), when the computer made the second startup noise there was the little pop noise right before the startup noise.

    So the "pop" noise is still happening, even when I turn the computer on and after any amount of time I've been on it...

  6. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    This is very common on the Santa Rosa/Penryn MacBooks and MacBook Pro's.

    Seems the noise is the soundcard "waking up" - that's the pop.....If there is no need for "noise" they go to sleep and have to be woken up.

    Unbearable if you use external speakers - I have been using KeepSoundAwake for a few months now - works fine (by keeping the Soundcard busy) - I get the very odd pop.

    There are loads of posts about this popping on Apple's MacBook discussion boards but Apple don't appear to have an answer.....
  7. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    Happens on the new Unibody MBs, and it's exactly what the poster above said, the sound card waking up after a period of inactivity. They say it's nothing to worry about, although it can get a bit annoying..
    KeepSoundAwake basically runs in the background and keeps the sound card from falling asleep.. I haven't installed it yet, for fear of battery decrease, and after I found out it's a normal occurrence.
  8. agg6776 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2008
    Ok, thank you very much for the info! I'll pass it onto my friend...
  9. ycheng macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009
    The same happened to my MacBook Pro (early 08). I thought it was a problem and might need a fix, but after reading this, maybe I should just leave it alone.

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