Weird clicking noise from the back corner of my iBook g4
February 6, 2005 2:09 PM   Subscribe

iBook g4 problems (also: apple repair in montreal) weird clicking noise from the back left (left corner nearest the screen) of my 5 month old ibook. (more)
posted by cmyr to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
 
When is the clicking noise present? If it goes on and off, it's probably the fan.
posted by odinsdream at 2:31 PM on February 6, 2005


I think it's too far left to be a fan problem; the clicking starts (irregularly) as soon as I power up, and continues until I lose my nerve and turn it off again.
posted by cmyr at 2:40 PM on February 6, 2005


Is it a light tinny clicking? Maybe it's the harddrive.
posted by odinsdream at 2:46 PM on February 6, 2005


Try resetting the power manager.
posted by AlexReynolds at 2:48 PM on February 6, 2005


Does it still work? My iBook G3 at one point made a strange clicking noise and wouldn't start up. It was one of the two times the motherboard fried itself and needed to be replaced.
posted by mcguirk at 2:53 PM on February 6, 2005


Its going to be the Hard Drive. I had this happen to mine. Take it in to be replaced ASAP. The clicking is actually the arm on the hd, that moves back and forth. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be.
posted by thebwit at 3:08 PM on February 6, 2005


Try Inso on Park Avenue (up above Beaubien - 80 bus) if you need an Apple repair place.
posted by zadcat at 3:29 PM on February 6, 2005


I know what a HD sounds like, and I know where the HD is, and this neither sounds right nor is in the right place, although I could be wrong. I'm going to take it in without looking at it myself, which is something I'd normally be kind of loathe to do. We will see, and all of that.
posted by cmyr at 5:54 PM on February 6, 2005


My iBook G3 at one point made a strange clicking noise and wouldn't start up. It was one of the two times the motherboard fried itself and needed to be replaced.
The G4 motherboard is completely different from the G3, and hasn't had the same problems. (As for the G3, Apple has owned up to its mistake, and agreed to replace them for three years after purchase)

here's a disassembled ibook g4 12", if it helps you locate the sound. I doubt there'd be much to gain by taking it apart yourself though, especially since your 'book is still under warranty.
posted by Popular Ethics at 6:49 PM on February 6, 2005


Mine used to make a sound as described by the OP. It sounded like it was coming from the left speaker. It only ever happened when the power cord was plugged in. Or wasn't. One of the two.

Now that my battery's cooked, and I need to leave it plugged in to use it, the problem has auto-resolved.
posted by yt at 12:54 AM on February 7, 2005


Probably not the HD, as you've said - that's the wrong place. Could be some sort of issue with the speaker, or a problem w/the motherboard. Are there any other problems that you've noticed? yt may be on to something - does this sound only occur when the iBook is plugged in, or only when it's unplugged (and using the battery)?

I would not recommend taking it apart; I replaced a HD in my dad's iBook this weekend, and it was a huge pain. Why can't they be as easy to work on as PowerBooks?
posted by sluggo at 5:52 AM on February 7, 2005


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