Weird sound from Late 2011 MacBook Pro!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by miniConvert, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Hopefully someone knows what this is...

    I'm hearing a very peculiar sound from my new MacBook Pro. It sounds a little like a lightbulb blowing; like the filament pinging off and hitting the side of the glass. It happens infrequently while I'm using the laptop, but a little more if I pick it up and move it around. I think it's coming from the left hand side more than the right, and from the base rather than the screen.

    It's a little disconcerting... the laptop is incredible, loving it, so I don't want to take it in and have some stranger poke around inside. My old MBP was never the same once it started having repairs. But it cost me a small fortune and I'd feel a lot better if I knew what this sound was.

    2.5GHz/8GB RAM/SSD
     
  2. miniConvert thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Why would that be happening if I've got the Apple SSD? It also happens while it's stationary, so I don't think there's a lot of sudden motion going on.

    Thanks for the suggestions, though.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not only am I old and slow, I don't read so well anymore! LOL! I didn't notice the SSD reference. You're absolutely right. There should be no sound at all from your SSD. Check to see what alerts you might have that could produce that sound.
     
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  5. miniConvert thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ah excellent, so glad someone has opened theirs up to investigate! I might get a screwdriver that'll fit and then do the same, actually - if it's just something like that then I'll live with it, but I'd feel better knowing exactly what it is rather than worrying something might have come loose.
     
  6. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Wife had same problem - called Apple and they replaced it in store for free with a new one :)
     
  7. miniConvert thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So strange. It can't happen on all of them as I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't notice it, so perhaps the springs on mine are a bit knackered?

    Thanks again for the replies, I'm sure this is what it is now. I'll get that screwdriver and take a look, and if necessary remove it as recommended in that guide.

    Ah I love this place - no question is too bizarre! :D
     
  8. miniConvert thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just a little update - the noise has all-but-stopped by itself. Had a feeling it would as the laptop got used. I rarely hear it now.

    My advice to anyone getting this issue on a new machine is simply to give it a couple of months to wear in before attacking with the screwdriver.
     

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