3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2010 9:53 PM by justaboutnormal
PeteUrbina Level 1 Level 1
what does it mean when my macbook pro keeps making these strange beeping noises

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Macbook Pro
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6
    If you are near an Apple Store with Genius bar, you could call
    ahead to arrange an appointment date/time for someone to
    look into the matter. And, if your computer has AppleCare plan
    coverage in effect now, call AppleCare's main number (?) and
    they will ask some questions to confirm coverage about the
    product & so on; then someone should be able to help by phone.

    This issue, and your second or other post about the iPod not
    working when plugged into the computer, may be related. In
    some instances, a beeping sound can have specific meanings
    in the number of beeps. In some models of computer, if the
    RAM is bad, that may cause some sort of beep intervals of a
    certain count, and so on. So, to contact an Apple Store or if
    none is within a driving distance, perhaps call a Specialist in
    your area who sells Macs & has Authorized service, may help.

    There could be a hardware problem behind both issues; the
    beeping and the connection issue with the iPod.

    Good luck & happy computing!
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7
    PeteUrbina wrote:
    what does it mean when my macbook pro keeps making these strange beeping noises

    it means something's not right.

    can you elaborate, please ? does the beeping happen @ startup or all the time while the MBP is running ?

    take a look @ this support article: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1547.

    anything sound familiar ?


  • justaboutnormal Level 1 Level 1
    I realize that you had this problem a while ago, but I thought I'd post my suggestion in the event that others down the road come across this post (like me).

    This link (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1547) indicates what different beeps mean. If it is an issue of RAM it is easy enough to try to solve it on your own. If there is one beep every five seconds, shut off your computer by pressing and holding the power button until the beeping stops, take off the bottom and try to press the ram in all the way. When installing the second DIMM do not pull out the plastic tabs that holds the DIMMs in place or you may unintentionally uninstall the bottom DIMM. If everything is installed correctly, then you should be able to run your computer like normal.