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The latest in a string of problems afflicting the new MacBook Pros, users are now reporting poor hard drive performance, random beeping, and clicking noises reportedly coming from the drives. The issue appears to be with the Seagate 500 GB drives shipping with many of the new MacBooks.  (Source: Apple)
More problems plague Apple's latest laptops, but a fix may be in store

Apple's MacBook Pro laptops certainly have their upsides.  Cut out of a block aluminum, they feature the attractive unibody design and industry leading battery life, while keeping to the ultra-portable 4 lb. and under weight range.  And their Core 2 Duo Intel processors and 9000 series NVIDIA graphics would seemingly make for a good experience, whether you were booting Windows Vista (or Windows 7) or OS X.

However, the newly launched luxury notebooks have not been without problems.  Early on their SATA speeds were found to be capped to 1.5 Gbps -- an update removed the cap and allowed transfer speeds of 3 Gbps.  Additionally, some of the new MacBook Pro laptops have experienced display issues, with many users reporting failing graphics.

Now Apple has another quality headache on its hands.  At least a couple hundred users have reported that Seagate 500 GB hard drives on their new 15" and 17" MacBook Pros have been experiencing poor performance, as well as making random beeping and clicking noises 20 or more times a day.  The Apple Support forum has an 82-page, 1000+ comment thread on the issues.

Describes one user who goes by the screenname Wessto:
I recently purchased a new MBP 15, 3 Ghz, 500 GB 7200 rpm hard drive, build-to-order. The hard drive appears to be a seagate ST9500420ASG. I am experiencing a strange hard drive click followed 80% of the time by a beep. It is definitely not a beep from the speaker. Additionally, it happens at any time, even when the computer is sitting on a perfectly still table. It is exactly the same sound as what is documented at" rel="nofollow

and mine too appears randomly approximately 15-20 times per day. It does not appear to matter if the computer is under light or heavy use and it seems truly random when it occurs. Another user on youtube has also experienced this with their new MBP 15 and sent me a wav file with the same sound mine is making. So far, his experience is that it does NOT occur under bootcamp. This leads me to believe that it is something specific to OSX. Turning off the "put hard drive to sleep when possible" does not seem to make any difference. I have not personally tested bootcamp on my machine to confirm that mine is the same, but the original poster of the youtube video linked above also seems to think it is OSX specific.

Some users are reporting that the beeping is becoming less frequent, possibly due to a firmware update.  Other customers, though, are becoming frustrated.  Stated one MacBook owner, speaking to Apple blog site AppleInsider, "The crazy thing is that you can read comments about AppleCare Engineers stance on this issue: 'Its normal behavior,' (and) 'Apple´s Working on a fix.'  Also, some of them are recommending doing a complete reinstall, when this issue is factory related."

Apple reportedly is working on a full fix for the problem.  Representatives from Apple, according to affected customers, reportedly have told their customers that Apple is "highly aware" of the issue and that finding a fix is one of the company's "highest priorities."  However, they ask that for the time being users "live with" the problems plaguing their pricey purchases.

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RE: Throw those Nvidia chips out.
By TSS on 8/9/2009 7:47:32 AM , Rating: 0
you never tried hooking a HDTV to a PC with a CRT monitor then.

if ati has to run 2 screens at different resolutions it'll freak out like a teenager with PMS. and BSODs go on sale.

my new GTX275 though grinds through it like a champ. i can clone my desktop, and it'll render it in 1600x1200 4:3 for my CRT, 1920x1080 for my HDTV, without even significantly slowing down. and i tested that with the nuke in fallout 3 on max settings running on both screens (looks friggin awesome on a 37" TV :D)

apple though, i don't get. i've only known 2 people who own an apple and 1 who wanted to buy one. those 2 people have had their share of problems with them(no more or less then i've had with XP), and that 1 person was horribly informated at best. maybe that's the key though.

RE: Throw those Nvidia chips out.
By ImSpartacus on 8/9/2009 8:47:59 AM , Rating: 3
I have an HD4890 running a 24" 1080p monitor and a 19" 1280x1024 monitor. It works fine. I can game on the 1080p panel @ 1080p (TF2, L4D, nothing stressful) with a 720p movie and IRC running on the other monitor.

My 8800GT could also do this without a problem (although I wasn't getting more than 30-40fps on some pretty unstressful games).

I have never had any problems with either company. Maybe I'm just damn lucky?

By Alexstarfire on 8/9/2009 3:10:54 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, he said a monitor and a TV, not two monitors. Not sure if that makes a difference or not.

By StevoLincolnite on 8/9/2009 8:55:17 AM , Rating: 2
My Notebook with the built in LCD screen works perfect when working in tandem with my 42" LCD screen, in-fact I have never had issues with that kind of thing with ATI drivers for many years now.

By Tsuwamono on 8/9/2009 8:56:22 AM , Rating: 2
had an X850 with a 19inch LCD and a 17inch CRT and both ran fine.

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