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Briefly: whining MacBooks; 5th Ave

updated 10:30 am EDT, Thu May 18, 2006

Whining MacBooks

In brief: Numerous users are reporting via Apple's discussion forum that their new 13-inch MacBooks are whining in a similar fasion to the MacBook Pros when plugged in.... The Fifth Avenue Apple Store's giant back-lit Apple logo flickered on for the first time at around 3:30 a.m. this morning, as workers prepared the giant glass cube for the scheduled press event at 10:00 a.m.... DYMO is making its recently-launched program that allows users to print postage with a DYMO LabelWriter 400 Turbo, Duo, or Twin Turbo printer available to the masses.... Inventive is looking for beta testers for its upcoming iClip 4, a major upgrade that will feature a new user interface and improved performance.... BBC News 24 earlier this week announced that it had accidentally interviewed a cab driver about the Apple Computer versus Apple Corps court case, when in fact the man was at the studio for a job interview.

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  1. appleisgreat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Would you like cheese....

    with that whine? This is actually kinda funny. There is always something with the first rev isn't there?

  1. vickys_box

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For those not reading the linked thread: 4

  1. gurman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fifth Avenue Store

    Am I the only one thinking, "A big Apple in the Big Apple?"

  1. fletcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MacBooks, PowerBooks

    In my experience with three PowerBooks and now a MacBook Pro there are plenty of strange noises. The proximity of the components to your ears makes it a lot easier to detect the normal noises of the computer.

    I certainly think people who are annoyed by the sounds should complain, and I may do so, but I wouldn't avoid buying a MacBook because of them.

    The floppy drive on my 520c used to be really loud. The optical drives on the newer machines don't sound like a buzz saw, but can still be pretty loud when they spin up. On my PowerBook G4 Titanium there was an occasional chirp when the processor was throttled.

    On my MacBook Pro there is a faint whine and some other noises, but they don't seem out of line with what I experienced on earlier machines. I usually listen to music while working so don't notice them. Or, in the office they are drowned out by the white noise coming from other machines.

    Late at night in a quiet room they can start to annoy. But, so can the noise of the cat walking around. Clicking clocks. Wind through the eaves. Rain dripping from the gutters. Late night traffic. Fog horns.


  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I've never heard any whining from my MBP - if anything, it's quieter than my old 15" PBG4, especially when the fans are running.

    I started a poll at - does your MacBook Pro whine? So far it's 25% no, 45% yes, 4% other problems but no whine, and 26% whine plus other problems.

  1. grener

    Joined: Dec 1969



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