3119 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 29, 2010 6:24 AM by metsrangers
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One thing to do would be to run the extended version of the Apple Hardware test and see if you get anything in the form of an error code. If you have a fan going out, I think the error code will have "mot" (for motor) in it. You could also visit the genius bar and have them run their hardware test from the store feed. If you do have a hardware problem, you definitely want to find out what it is. If you don't, you want to know that too.
The noise you hear could be a normal noise that the fan makes when it speeds up, or a bearing going bad, or even a blade hitting something and making a noise, possibly even due to some piece of debris caught up in the blade. Or just something loose that rattles when the fan speeds up. Whatever it is, you need to find out.
If you do have a fan going out, you really do want to replace it. If you don't and it quits on you, you risk more serious damage to your computer from overheating.
Fortunately, fans are not nearly as expensive as other things like logic boards. It may even be something you would feel comfortable doing yourself. Check ifixit or PowerBook Medic for parts and step-by-step instructions. But do run a hardware test first to confirm that you have a fan going bad.
If you don't want to fix it yourself, check with both Apple and and an AASP for prices. It should not be a very expensive repair.
hey i just got a 15 in macbook pro, and when i got it, it was broken, so i went to the store to exchange and they just gave me a brand new one. Everything was fine but when i started using it a sort or rattling or clicking noise started coming from the bottom right corner of the computer (to the right of the tracking pad). Do you know what is there? Is it normal?