First, yes, as I outlined in my previous post on the matter,
I am experiencing an odd hissing/whiny noise coming from the machine. The noise is loud when the machine is idle, but
when you run a processor-intensive app (ie, Photobooth), it goes away. I installed Apple's CHUD tools (found in the
Xcode installer package on the Mac OS X install disk), loaded up the new Processor preference pane, and disabled the
processor's second core. That eliminated the noise entirely.
Others who notice this have come up with various
solutions of their own
-Run Photobooth and just leave it in the background. The noise goes away because the
processor is in use.
Mirror widget. Run it, then remove it from the Dashboard. Blammo: The noise should be gone. Not sure why or how this
works, but I suspect that when you remove it, it doesn't completely go away: there's probably some component in the
background making use of the processor, eliminating the noise from the second core.
Oddly enough, the processor isn't the only thing waking me up at night. The first MacBook Pro I
received (I got a replacement, which I'll explain later) had several other hissing noises, too:
-The hard drive
squealed. And when I say "squealed," I mean "disillusioned teen girl seeing Brad Pitt walk into the
restaurant" squeal: At one point, I was asked to turn the machine off at night so it would stop bothering those
who were sleeping in the room. That's bad.
-The LCD did indeed hiss. Turning the screen to maximum (or minimum)
brightness eliminated the noise, but it was an eerie annoyance. MacInTouch claims that perhaps massaging the LCD in the
bottom-left corner or bending back-and-forth the display would "break it in," possibly eradicating it, but I
haven't tried that.
-The fan of my original machine would engage in random vacuum-like bursts. It was odd, and
for a minute I thought the A/C in my house was going crazy.
All of those noises are no longer an issue on my new
On both my old and new MBP machines, the touchpad will
randomly stop working for periods of 4-7 minutes. When that happens, I'm unable to move the cursor, click the button,
anything -- and all I can do is sit there waiting patiently for it to magically come back.
One hint says that
turning off the "Ignore accidental trackpad input" will eliminate the problem -- but as I've learned the past
few days, it doesn't.
Some good does come from this, though: I'm now a pro at controlling the computer with
nothing but the keyboard. (If you're ever stuck in a situation where you cursor just stops and you're stranded, hit Fn
Ctrl F7. That will enable Full-Keyboard Access, allowing you navigate OS X without needing the
My first (and now my second) MacBook Pro had an incredibly
noticeable white strip along the bottom of the LCD, making the bottom significantly brighter than the rest of the
Every -- and I mean every -- MacBook Pro I've seen or dealt with has this issue. Everyone I
know who has a MacBook has this issue. My new one has it, and I bet when I go to the store and demand Yet Another
Replacement, that will have it, too.
I'm a little frustrated because the issue on my newer machine is a
bit more pronounced -- plus, it seems the backlight on the right side of my display is shot: the right is noticeably
darker than the rest of the display. So the bottom is annoyingly bright and the right is annoyingly
Combine that with the soul-killing whiny noises, and you've got yourself the type of problem historically
responsible for insanity and mass murder/suicides.
As I've mentioned above, I managed to get my MacBook Pro
replaced by a gracious Apple Store Genius (after frustratingly marching off from another Apple Store that refused to).
Unfortunately, the problems still exist, and so I've scheduled another Genius Bar reservation for tonight, to see what
other options I have (repair? a second replacement? We'll see).
Unfortunately, this machine is my new Secretary,
Boss, and Client -- so going without for An Undefined Amount of Time will have repercussions that could very well
threaten the carefully-knit fabric of the Universe itself. I can only pray that such a disaster -- ie, me being without
my MacBook Pro for more than two days while it's off to Texas for repairs -- will result in minimum loss of
life, and FEMA will have learned enough from the Katrina catastrophe to properly respond with first aid, food,
heavily-armed rescue choppers, and a boatload of duct tape.
I know, I should have "anticipated"
"problems" with my "new" MacBook Pro. That this should be "expected" and
"usual" and "jeezus man, what were you thinking?" But I want to make one thing clear: Apple cannot
use "well, it's a first Rev." as an excuse for sloppy manufacturing and hiring a Quality Control team so high
on hallucinogens it can't distinguish an inconsistent backlight display from a colorful dragon strumming a guitar.
I love the machine. But I will love it even more when I get one that does what it's supposed to do without
making me think I have a bad case of tinnitus and a serious eye problem.
And I hate to say this, because
I'm a fan of Apple and I think the faster the Mac Base moves to Intel the better off we'll all be: But if you can wait
on a purchase of a MacBook Pro, then wait. The issues are noticeable and consistent -- and until Apple acknowledges
them and fixes the manufacturing problems, I can't recommend anybody put themselves in this position, especially if
they're easily annoyed (like me) by the Minor Things that define the experience.
Post your thoughts in the
comments, and I'll keep you up-to-date with my situation as it develops.