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  • Prof. Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
    Ok. I listened REAL hard and even put my hear to the keyboard. I can hear the CPU whining. To me it sounds like a high pitched buzzing.

    Also, just like aqua*star, I too can hear televisions whining.

    I also see dead people... LOL... I'm just kidding.

  • Hari Trivedi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    mine definetely makes a very annoying whine/buzz. i noticed that when the cpu usage increases, the buzz disappears. there was a post a while back about the MBPs having the same issue, and having the iSight on would eliminate the noise. so i tried out the mirror widget, and lo and behold, the whine is gone when the camera is on. my old p4 compaq had the same issue, buzzing when cpu usage was low. i dont really know how to get rid of it. i sent it to apple for repair and it was returned 'within spec' of course. the funny thing is that my first one which i only had for two weeks (but was exchanged due to a superdrive problem) had no buzzing whatsoever, so it seems hit or miss. i wonder if apple will ever admit it like the did with the MBPs last year.
  • seanneko Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can easily hear mine whining from a few metres away in a quiet room. Haven't used any other Macbooks though so I don't know if mine is better or worse than average.

    Thankfully it stops when I have my wireless Mighty Mouse connected.
  • John P. Level 4 Level 4 (1,145 points)
    My girlfriend and I both have Macbooks (hers is a White 1st Gen, mine is a Black 3rd Gen)--both have a slight whine to them when the CPU is idle. I also have a Core Duo HP Pavilion (Yonah-core 1.66) and it whines a little.

    Every Core Duo or Core 2 Duo notebook I've seen has some whine to it.
  • fandris Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i have excactly the same scenario. as long as apple don't do anything about the whine it is really hard to recommend the macbook to anyone because they really might get one with no-whine (in which case congratiulations you have one of the most coolest laptops around) or one with a really annoying whine (which case you have to use a BT mouse or you will have a nervous breakdown).
    I must admit i really don't see how a company like apple which claims to have great quality products etc can have such faults. And this isn't even the first generation of MacBooks.
  • gon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yes, all intel based macs have the CPU whine. In order to increase the system battery life, the processor is FORCED into a "low-power" sleep states when not in use. Transitions into and out of these sleep states can happen at a high frequency - often hundreds of times a second making that noise.
    Using CPU intensive tasks such as running photobooth on the background takes the noise away. But then you'll have another noise, the one coming from the macbook's fan spinning to cool down the CPU.
  • kyuss Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thing that works for me to avoid whine...Once you boot your machine, turn on photobooth, whe you see yourself on the screen just force quit the app, suspend your macbook, wake it up and no more whine. you can suspend your macbook as many times as you want and the whine does not come back, only if you reboot your machine.

    If you use Skype this trick won't work, everytime you turn skype on it comes back...

    Now, can someone explain this to me?
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