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I have had no random shut-downs, nor have I had any other performance related problems. The clicking has been going on since I got the computer, and I haven't noticed it getting progressively better or worse. Some days it clicks a lot, others, not much at all.
I'm surprised to find that this isn't a hard drive hardware related problem.
Anyone else come to any resolution with this?
AppleTalker, how do you know for sure it was the HDD
itself? I wonder why people with different make
drives are experiencing this. Different companies
putting out drives that do the same, weird things?
I posted another thread looking for answers, here:
Thanks for any input...
I have been describing this sound to people as a blip or even a plink sound. Almost like in Lord of the Rings, the way a ring "plinks" down a distant well hitting the ground. It's definately coming from under the keyboard, but I can't quite locate top left, top right, bottom left or bottom right. If I had to decide, I'd say top left but just not positive. The sound is intermittant. Usually it happens about once a minute, but sometimes three minutes goes by before it does it. Sometimes a few seconds, then it does it again.
I took it to Apple retail store today. They issued a repair ticket and recommended changing the Main Logic Board (MLB). (I think mostly because it was my second visit due to intermittant kernal panics). But ohhhhhh those annoying blip sounds are what really bother me. I feel like I'm being tortured with an ancient chinese water drip. I hope the logic board replacement solves the plinks or I don't know what I'll do.
I read about a guy on another blog indicating they're swapping out new MLBs and shipping newer installation DVDs and it solved the guy's whine sound (although mine doesn't whine. Maybe it would fix the blips...PLEASE, GOD.
I'll post again after the repair sometime next week.
mac book pro, 15" Mac OS X (10.4.7) 100 GB Harddrive; 2 GB RAM
Hmm, see, this contradicts the report from somebody before that the sound went away after a HDD swap, BUT, is more in line with what I suspect to be the problem, which is not the HDD but something with the firmware. I guess a MB swap might also do the trick, if the new MB has a diff/newer firmware. I dunno.
Anyway, I'm going to be doing a MAJOR overhaul to my MacBook once I'm back in the US (end of this month) because my MacBook has all of these well documented problems:
1) The clink/thud, reported in this thread
2) Kernel panicks when pulling out the headphone/speaker jack
3) Random shutdowns with "Previous Shutdown Cause: -70" reports.
4) The "Moo"
5) The floating top bezel
6) And is that a hint of discoloration that I see on the palmrest?
I'm guessing a lot of components will be replaced and will let you know if any of it helps get rid of the thud.
Back from the dead again...
Satoru Murata, if you're still out there, are you still thud-free? Another poster has reported the same problem (http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=3456466#3456466) and I'm on my second MB with a third thudding HD, all three Seagate. Do you think it was the firmware in the enclosure, after all?
I'm still here and yes, I'm still thud-free. I gotta say, it has to be either the MB swap (which may have changed the PCI controller/firmware) or the HDD itself. I'd bet on the former, but I think that because I don't have it anymore, it's a curable disease, and hence enough to ask for a free repair at the Genius Bar.
Can I add my belated 2c?
I have a 2004 12" PowerBook. ABout 2 months ago I replaced the standard 60GB HDD with a 100GB Hitachi from Other World Computing. Guess what - click, whirr. OWC could only suggest the drive was faulty, but I was sure it was not a typical mechanical failure noise. I came to these forums and found others with a similar problem.
I have tried APM Tuner as suggested, and this does fix the problem. However, setting the slider all the way to the right means the HDD NEVER spins down, so when I run the PB on battery the machine never goes to sleep.
It's definitely the sound described though - "plink" head-parking noise, then a whirr as the drive spins up. Then it gradually slows down again (but never stops).
I a going to say it is definitely the hard drive. I just replaced my Stock Toshiba drive in my MacBook (60GB) with a Seagate Momentus 5400.3 160GB and it was fine for the first day and now I have this intermittent clicking sound when I am not doing much on the system. Something is not right. I am going to try calling the place I bought it and get another one. I bought it through a reputable eBay store and it is an Apple logod part, meaning Apple puts it in their systems.
Very annoyed as I just got everything setup how I like it, and now I have to do it all over again.
UPDATE: I just swapped the seagate out for my stock drive and put the seagate into an enclosure. The Toshiba makes this sound too, it's just I never noticed it before because the Toshiba drive is noticeably quieter. if I put my ear to the drive I can hear the occasional every so many second tock or click. The thing is that sometimes when I hear it in the internal drive, the external drive makes the sound too at the same time. I wonder if this just isnt a normal sound for a Laptop drive? Either that or is a problem with the MB itself. Perhaps something in the controller chipset or firmware...
MacBook 2.0Ghz, 2GB RAM Mac OS X (10.4.8) LG GSA-H22L LightScribe 18x Ext
This is very frustrating. Previously I had this thud noise on hard drive which was about 4 month old, I thought it was hard drive failure. So, I purchased a new one and same noise occur which is 6 days old hard drive. Therefore, I believe that it's not the hard drive issue. Has anyone come up with the solution to get rid of this unnoying thud noise?