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My Macbook is also making clicking noises.

Asked by KimR (4points) September 27th, 2010

Recently my two-year old MacBook, which is running on OS 10.3.9, has started making clicking noises. Does anybody have any idea as to what the cause or origin of these noises might be? The noises do not seem (in any intuitively obvious way) to emanate from the hardware itself. They sound more like a digital reproduction/projection of the sound of typewriter keys. They also sound like they come from the same place (so to speak) as the sound you hear when you throw something in the trash or place an electronic document in a folder.

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isuppose's avatar

My MacBook Pro does this all the time. And even more often when I move it while it’s on. I’m not sure what it is but so far it hasn’t shown to be a problem.

lillycoyote's avatar

I don’t know. My iMac started doing that a while back too. The sound is something like a cross between a faucet dripping and a metronome. I don’t have a clue what it is but I will be checking back to this thread. Is it a Mac thing?

jrpowell's avatar

What happens if you go into System Preferences—> Sound—> Sound Effects and disable all the alert sounds?

It could help us pinpoint the problem. I’m wondering if you installed something like Growl or some other notification system that uses audio alerts. I know of a gmail notifier that will play a sound when you get a new email. It could be something like that.

crisw's avatar

Do the sounds occur in a predictable fashion or are they random?

Is there a disk in the drive when this happens?

Does muting sound have any effect on the sound?

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