New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Macbook - Macbook Tick

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: May 02, 2007
Posts: 4
mst3 is on a distinguished road

mst3 is offline
My macbook (core 2 duo, 2 Ghz) goes through 'ticking phases' every once in a while, every hour or two if I had to guess. There is a tick and the volume icon shows it going to Max for a split second, though any music or sound is muted at the same time. Music and sound from video repeatedly 'stutters' like this for a few minutes. I would record the actual tick that accompanies this but it is not loud enough for the built-in mic. These ticking phases occur whether I have the volume muted or not, and whether or not I have music/sound playing at all. (These are not the ticks of a damaged hard drive, by the way, which I'm familiar with from my old iPod - these really are only just audible through the speakers)

The timing of these ticking phases is random, it does seem to depend on how hot the computer is running or if I've got a number of programs open. I'm really lost on this, especially since it is one of those problems that will inevitably 'play dead' when I finally get time to take the laptop to Support...

Surely it's a hardware (soundcard?) problem.. It is hard to explain, and I may not be doing a very good job of it, but does the problem ring a bell with anyone here?

Otherwise, any tips on how to best communicate a 'once in a while' problem to the people at the Apple store?
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: May 02, 2007
Posts: 4
mst3 is on a distinguished road

mst3 is offline
the tech guys at the apple store defragmented the hard drive and the tick went away for a number of days, but now it's back
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: May 02, 2007
Posts: 4
mst3 is on a distinguished road

mst3 is offline
This problem did not go away for a while longer, and the 'tick' turned out to be random switching between sound outputs (internal speakers and line out).

New motherboard on warranty, problem solved. Just posting this in case anyone else is unlucky enough to have the same problem
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« Just Ordered: Corsair 3GB (2GB + 1GB) | Anyone have any experience with FastMac battery upgrades? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
19 Days with a Macbook Pro b.hicks Switcher Hangout 23 03-01-2010 12:49 AM
MacBook impressions - trip to store kaidomac Schweb's Lounge 24 10-14-2007 01:45 PM
Question about Memory Card Reader on Macbook markw10 Apple Notebooks 3 05-03-2007 04:40 PM
MacBook Review from a New Owner. My 2 Cents. itsdaydrmer Schweb's Lounge 5 12-08-2006 04:54 AM
The "Mod your MacBook" thread kaidomac Apple Notebooks 50 07-11-2006 08:49 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:33 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?