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My mac mini(2007--10.6.8) started today making a noise like running your finger on a phonograph needle for about 1/2 second every 20 seconds or so. The music is interrupted during this short interval . At first I thought it was the player, but it also makes the sound when all apps are closed as well. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Unless you have a disk in the optical drive...the only moving parts are the Mac-Mini's fan and the hard drive.

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Thanks for your reply Nick. There was no disc in it, but I inserted one , played a bit, then ejected it. It's been ok now for an hour or more ; I hope it's fixed itself!!

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Thanks for your reply Nick. There was no disc in it, but I inserted one , played a bit, then ejected it. It's been ok now for an hour or more ; I hope it's fixed itself!!
Not to be negative...but I doubt it. Mechanical things that are getting worn out don't magically fix themselves.

If there was no disk in the optical drive...then the sound is/was either the fan or the hard drive. If it's the HD...then it may fail at any time (better have a backup). If it's the fan...it will probably get noisier & noisier...and eventually need replacing.

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p.s. The other possibility is a bit of dirt or fuzz got caught in the fan...and then cleared itself. This could be a sort of "magic" fix.

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Thanks again Nick--I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope the latter is it. One thing I failed to mention--the noise wasn't coming from the computer itself; it was coming out of the speakers.

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One thing I failed to mention--the noise wasn't coming from the computer itself; it was coming out of the speakers.
Kinda makes a VERY big difference (GIGO)!

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I realize that now; in the vernacular of the mindless(to which class you might be inclined to include me now)....Duhhhhh
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I realize that now; in the vernacular of the mindless(to which class you might be inclined to include me now)....Duhhhhh
No problem. Sometimes what's in our head doesn't always make it into the text of a forum post.

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If it does return, now that you have correct information, any ideas as to what might have caused it?

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Since we're talking sounds coming out of the speakers...there's the possibility of a lose wire (but I doubt it). It's probably something software related (something "funky" with an app...or low quality music files).

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Try unplugging the jacks and giving them a clean.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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