Comments on: MBP: Stop the Cow, MacBook Pro Official blog of Red Sweater Software Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:11:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Qoqe Tue, 19 Sep 2006 23:33:47 +0000 I wrtiing this comment as I found no other thing to while I am on hold at the apple 800 repair number. The MacBook pro that I just bought less then three months ago just stop working. Apperantly the display lamp is dead and the part is on back order. This is rather scary to hear that it might take more than ten days to get the items back. It’s been more than half an hoour now since I’ve been waiting for a rep to pick up the phone. I have to say that up to this point I will do everything I can to get a refound to the +3,000.00 I’ve paid for something that will brake so soon.
I just can’t believe it….

By: baklava Wed, 17 May 2006 05:30:44 +0000 even at this late date, i just want to add an emphatic “one more” to the growing list of MBP users with noise/humming/whining complaints. On mine, over the last four weeks or so, it’s subtley getting worse. My problem is nearly identical to Edwin of the apr. 19th post. If i touch the bar above the f8-f11 keys, the noise really aggrevates and increases in volume. the hardware is hot but not untouchably so. Neither the Photo Booth nor Mirror widget have proven helpful for me as quick fixes.

Any new news on solutions…what’s Apple saying about this problem? This is my first Apple purchase…I’m happy but growing anxious as this noise problem continues to become more audible.

By: Daniel Jalkut Thu, 11 May 2006 15:09:52 +0000 Heh – thanks. I think if my MBP constantly emitted Green Day, it would also drive me nuts. But at least I like Green Day :)

By: Anonnymous Thu, 11 May 2006 10:12:38 +0000 I bet you need some time to appreciate a joke:

By: Ron Mon, 01 May 2006 04:30:14 +0000 Thanks for keeping on this Macrap. Great job.
This is my first Mac–major outlay of money, and now high pitched/deafening whining, heat issues, cursor dragging, dropping Airport connection…the first few problems are like having a late 90’s PC. Wonder what the heat is going to do to the rest of the components. For the money, especially, this is totally, totally, unacceptable. In short, great software, but the hardware is a real piece of crap.

By: jill/txt » macbook noise Thu, 27 Apr 2006 20:16:35 +0000 […] I got a new MacBook! Hooray!! But it makes this noise. Sort of a high-pitched hissy whiny noise. Not very loud, but loud enough that it’s annoying in a quiet room. So I google “macbook noise” and find a blog post at Red Sweater Blog which lists the 500 most recent google searches that led to that blog. A depressing number of them are searches for macbook noise. […]

By: Daniel Jalkut Thu, 20 Apr 2006 12:37:10 +0000 Jack: I think if you read through all my other articles on this issue, you’ll find that you’re observations are not so weird after all. The whine seems to be alleviated by using some amount of power, and apparently using and closing the Mirror widget leaves the computer in a state where it uses more power than normal.

By: Jack Thu, 20 Apr 2006 08:49:50 +0000 My new macbook pro is really hot and has a high pitched whine. So I’ve been reading about it all over the web today. It is not the screen whine, it is the cpu whine, which I can confidently say from all I’ve read. Many sites point to the “Read Sweater Solution” or “QuietMBP”. Before I started on this reading frenzy, the first thing I noticed was that if I turned photobooth on, the noise would get so quiet as to be ok. Turn it off, and it’s back. With the power cord plugged in, the whine is there and it bothers me, but it is obnoxiously loud when running on batteries (my hearing is quite accute…when plugged in most people would say it is quiet but it still bothers me).
Then I tried the mirror widget. It works. I turned it off. NOW HERE IS THE WEIRDEST PART!!!: the noise stays away even after you shut off the mirror widget! It only comes back if you reboot your computer! Running QuietMBP after I have done the mirror widget thing (on, then off) makes no difference.
UNLESS: if you open address book and mess with the area for a picture, guess what? Noise comes back, mirror widget doesn’t work until I reboot the computer and turn the mirror widget on and off again.
I know, I sound insane. But this is happening.
Oh, and did I say my macbook pro was hot?
I called Apple Care. The tech had never heard of the whining. He put me on hold for 4 minutes and came back and said I need a new logic board. I told him that I think that solution was for the “screen whine” not the cpu whine. And I said “what about the heat issue?” His reply was that I had to take it back to the Apple store where I bought it to see if the heat is “within spec”.
I have a feeling this is going to be a long process. I don’t want to return it and get a computer that has the screen noise and the cow noise too! And people have sent it in for repairs and gotten the computer back in worse condition. And besides that, this is not a toy to me…as I told the Apple tech (who was very nice by the way) this computer contributes to my livelihood. I can’t just not have it for a week.
I hope at least part of this post is helpful. I’m sorry I vented a bit. I will keep you posted however on what happens. But the mirror widget thing is freaking me out. It doesn’t make any sense. I’m going to try other things tomorrow if I have time. Thanks for QuitMBP. At least that makes sense (a lot of sense), but I think there is some kind of grounding issue going on with everything else. If you read the forums at the Apple support site for the new Intel iMacs, they are hearing the whine through external speakers. This makes sense as users in the music business (as I am) have reported that the noise contaminates the audio inputs and outputs rendering Logic Pro usless. This is not a “user sensory problem.” One intended use of this computer is Logic Pro, and as one’s music is rendered useless, this is both a noisy macbook pro problem and a computer that cannot “use” apple software properly as well (or any other application that counts on the audio inputs and outputs not being contaminated with a high pitched noise…even if it’s just using external speakers).
Thanks for all your work.


By: Ian Thu, 20 Apr 2006 04:21:04 +0000 Hi Edwin,

Thanks for sharing the information, I’m also in Hong Kong and also dealing with a noisy MBP, so it was good to hear your experience. I’m currently working with Apple HK concerning my situation.

Thanks too, Daniel, for a great service to all us noisy MBP owners – as Edwin says, you do this with good humour too, so makes for a great read. Hope you get your issues solved to your satisfaction in the end.


By: Edwin Thu, 20 Apr 2006 03:57:54 +0000 Oops, forgot to mention that although I had read about MagicNoiseKiller, I never tried it on my machine before I took it to service. I did try the Mirror widget hack and it didn’t work on my previous whine – it would continue regardless.

After I took my MBP to service, the technician put MagicNoiseKiller on my desktop but I haven’t used it. In other words, my observations above about Rev D were made *without* MagicNoiseKiller running.

I haven’t done much testing but I tried running MagicNoiseKiller once or twice. It seems to kill even the slight whine below the keyboard near the MagSafe connector that I can only hear when I put my ear to the keyboard. But like I said, it’s so faint that I’d rather not use MagicNoiseKiller.

Also, FWIW, I upgraded my firmware to 1.0.1.