How to stop iBook loud buzzing noise?
August 26, 2005 9:09 PM   Subscribe

My iBook makes a loud buzzing noise, and I'm going to lose my mind if I don't figure out how to make it stop.

My iBook has a very noisy fan- I feel like it's always made a noise. Recently, I've noticed that the noise has developed two layers- a lower hum and a very high pitched buzzing. The buzzing is beginning to drive me crazy. It only seems to get better when I close the iBook completely or almost completely, which makes it a little difficult to use. Is this a common problem, and is there any way I can fix this problem on my own?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Its definately not a common problem. My iBook is dead quiet, only on occasions when it gets to hot, I can hear the sound of the fan (its not loud) . But not buzzing as you described.

I think you should call technical support or go to the Genius Bar.
posted by merv at 9:19 PM on August 26, 2005

My speakers on my g4 800 mhz ibook have gotten distorted lately, under tiger. I zapped the pram, but am not sure what happened. I don't know how they could be "blown" given the gutless output on the internal speakers. help.

My fan almost never comes on.
posted by mecran01 at 9:33 PM on August 26, 2005

Ha. My G3 iBook has started making constant loud fan sounds since its second motherboardectomy. If anyone has a good solution I'll be thrilled. It's annoying me a lot too.
posted by zadcat at 9:38 PM on August 26, 2005

Mine emits a high pitched buzz, but only when I close it with the power cord attached. If I disconnect the cord the buzzing stops.
posted by cali at 11:04 PM on August 26, 2005

I had an old PowerBook that did that. I opened the case and tightened the screws that secured the fans to the motherboard and also used a can of air to clean the dust out. However, if your machine is under warranty, just have AppleCare deal with it. I'd hate to see anyone mess up their laptop if something happened like static discharge or a slip of the screwdriver.

You could also try blowing compressed air into the fan vents to knock some of the dust loose.
posted by idiotfactory at 11:32 PM on August 26, 2005

When fans begin to buzz loudly, in all reality they need to be replaced.
posted by Dean Keaton at 11:41 PM on August 26, 2005

It could well be a hard drive failure on the way -- it was a loud whirring noise that sounded the death-knell for my iBook HD. If the noise appears to be coming from beneath the left-hand palmrest (i.e. to the left of the trackpad), get on the phone to Apple ASAP.
posted by holgate at 6:52 AM on August 27, 2005

I agree with holgate, watch that HD. Have had the logic board replaced twice in 12 months on my iBook, the HD went with the last 'outage.'

Can you fix? Probably not. Apple like you to have them "care" for your stuff, at a pretty step cost. (This is my last Apple laptop purchase).
posted by sled at 2:11 PM on August 27, 2005

Could be the speakers - can you tell where, exactly, either of the noises are coming from? I've seen a few Powerbooks with buzzy speakers, and usually it's just a loose connector or a result of one of the teeny-tiny wires getting too close to another wire (although this is a huge pota to fix on an iBook).
posted by sluggo at 5:51 PM on August 27, 2005

Response by poster: It's coming from the back little vents- which leads me to believe it is the fan. When I close the book, the noise changes.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:22 PM on August 27, 2005 [1 favorite]

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