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Funny beeping / squeaking noise?

4721 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 25, 2008 1:49 PM by Gruene Guy RSS
aimiephoto Calculating status...
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Jun 20, 2008 12:43 PM
Hi,

I noticed this yesterday, my laptop has suddenly started making this funny squeaking noise it seems to happen whenever i launch a website, or program, or even scroll down a webpage. Any ideas of what this could be and how do i fix it?

Thanks in advance!

Aimie
Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • ThorsHammer Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jun 21, 2008 8:45 AM (in response to aimiephoto)
    I have the same problem. It started after I put on a new HP printer. When I have an external set of speakers on the computer the sound is louder. I know that this sound disappears when I unplug the printer. I have not been able to make it go away.
    17in powerbook 1.67ghz, 2Gig ram, 100 Gig 7200 rpm HD, Mac OS X (10.5.3), iPod touch 16 gig, 2nd gen iPod nano 8 gig
  • enb14 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 13, 2008 7:24 AM (in response to aimiephoto)
    I've started noticing this too in the last few days. It is a very brief, barely audible, medium-pitched beep (more like a "blip"). I haven't been able to pin down an occurrence pattern.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Pismo 900 Level 4 Level 4 (1,110 points)
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    Jul 13, 2008 5:57 PM (in response to ThorsHammer)
    Now we know what the "HP" means... high pitched?



    I'm wondering if you all know if the sound may be coming from your hard drive? If so, better check to make sure your drive isn't failing. Go to Disk Utility and check its S.M.A.R.T. status.

    I had this sound too coming from my hard drive once in awhile, but it's more of a squeak. I know my drive's "okay" though because no signs of failure nor corruption of data/files, nor hangups or freezes.

    I looked at all of your specs at the bottom, and none of you share any similarities other than I guess, having 17-inch PowerBooks. (I thought it might have been a Leopard and HP issue).
    PowerBook G4s: 12-inch 1.5GHz + 15-inch 1.67GHz Double-Layer SD (with 10.5.2) •, Mac OS X (10.4.11), • PowerMac G4 Dual FW800 1.42GHz | Mac mini G4 1.5GHz ("silent upgrade" model)
  • spiralof5 Calculating status...
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    Aug 22, 2008 3:22 AM (in response to enb14)
    Noticed mine while using blender. It's almost as if I can hear the 1s and 0s being process, lol. Very strange glitchy sound. I actually wouldn't mind recording it for a sound bite in some music :P.

    Anyway, should we be worried about this? It only happens when I am doing instancing in Blender 2.47.

    Thanks,

    Scott
    Mac Pro Dual Quad Core Clovertown, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Has two 7600 Nvidia Cards
  • Gruene Guy Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 23, 2008 12:48 AM (in response to aimiephoto)
    I noticed a "chirp" sound when typing an e-mail on my 17" PB. The chirp has gone, but now, the PB won't go to sleep. I've tried resting the PMU, NVRAM, PRAM, and even used the original install disk to repair permissions. Still no auto sleep.

    I'm using OS X 10.4.11 on my 17" PB, 1.67 ghz, SD-DL.

    From what I've read, this last model of the 17" PB does not have an internal battery (PRAM) like previous versions. Is that true?

    Any help is appreciated.

    GG
    Mac Pro, 3.0 Quad, 2GB RAM, Dual Super Drives, Mac OS X (10.5.4), PB 15", PB 17", MBP 15", MBP 17"
  • Gruene Guy Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 25, 2008 1:49 PM (in response to Gruene Guy)
    I cured my PB's not going into auto sleep. I disconnected my HP 7410 all-in-one, restarted the PB and now everything is OK.
    Mac Pro, 3.0 Quad, 2GB RAM, Dual Super Drives, Mac OS X (10.5.4), PB 15", PB 17", MBP 15", MBP 17"

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