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    Aluminum iMac making very odd and loud noise
    I have the base model 20" 2.0ghz imac and just got it for christmas. It has been running perfect besides the recently frequent problems with wireless, but after i got out of the shower not twenty minutes ago and brought the computer back from sleep it made this very odd, fairly loud noise.

    Its not a noise ive ever heard a computer make, but it doesnt really sound bad. Ive never heard a fan on this computer so I couldnt tell you how it sounds compared to that. i hear the hard drive 'think' or whatever(i call it thinking ) when i open pages, itunes, adium, and safari at the same time but it doesnt sound quite like that. I might just be a little paranoid here, but it slightly sounds like the noise dial up makes.

    I turn it off every night, and bring it back up around 5 or 6 when I get home from school.


    PLEASE HELP! i just got this computer and am loving it, i do not want to give up my baby already!!

    thank you

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    sometimes the CD spinning up can be fairly loud. Similar to a fan noise. It does that when you bring it back from sleep, but should stop after several seconds.

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    Yes, I'm sure what you're hearing is the optical drive. The optical drive will most usually make a big scary noise when the computer wakes up. The noise might sound like REEE-UURRNN-T--ZZZzzSSSHTT-iiiiiTTT (but low pitched, haha)

    I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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    It is not the optical drive(or at least not because of a cd in it), the only disc i have put in my iMac was the Fargo DVD a week or so back and it was fine then. The noise is constant, and i can hear it over half volume itunes songs, and lasts a good 20 seconds after shut down but never goes away if i just restart the computer.

    im getting kind of annoyed

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    Well, you got it for xmas, so it's under warranty. 'nuff said.

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    So I can just have apple replace it like that? The closest apple store is about three hours away and I dont want to waste the time just for them to say 'oh, thats a normal noise, we cant do anything about that.'

    But it would be a great opportunity to check out the MBA.

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    well call them first, and see if they can diagnose it over the phone. If they can't, then yeah, gotta drive in. My closest store is even further, so I feel ya there.

    Here's to hoping it gets sorted quickly. Good luck.

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