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Powerbook's Whining problem solved..

Being a diehard Mac fan, i've always trusted their hardware. From the days of Apple IIe to the powerbook G4, i've stuck to Macs. After my last purchase of the 12 inch powerbook G4, i've noticed that the hard drive really whined and buzzed. i wasn't even sure if it was the drive or not, but it was all noisy. of course, i let a month pass, then 6 and finally i had to reinstall the entire operating system... everything was going dead. so i backed things up and reinstalled. the computer started to work wonderfully and everything back to normal, except that buzz. then another 3 months, reinstall... then 2 months... reinstall. it was getting painful. by the time it broke down again last week... i was sick of it and took it into Apple. they said it's the hard disk. i need to pay them 500 USD to replace and install a new HD. obviously, i should have done it BEFORE the apple warranty expired, but i wanted to give them a chance... perhaps it was just a software thing... i thought. (500 USD... that's insane...)

Well, i took it back, wrote into the Macrumors forums and got help. most people told me that it's not Apple's fault, they outsource their drives etc. it was very helpful and i went around to www.ifixit.com and found out how to take apart my 12 inch G4 powerbook. it was a hell of a lot of screws, but eventually i made it to the drive. to my dismay, i found out the reason why my drive broke down and why it buzzed!
Apple had left out 2 vital screws which held down the drive. instead, it was left hanging out loosely in my laptop this whole time. check out the photo HERE: [click to enlarge]

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Now, i've replaced the drive and put in new screws. it's as quiet as a sleeping baby and no trouble so far. it's only been a week, but hey, i'm keeping my fingers crossed. Now, when people give the excuse that Apple outsources the parts and it's not their fault when things break... i would be much more suspicious if there's an underlying problem. it doesn't take a genius to know that a loose drive spinning at over 5000 rpm would get damaged if it's not stable.

How about the recent Macbook Pros? people have been complaining about that as well and Apple better do something about buzzes and whines, because it would really suck if people had to go through a year of buzzing just to find out 2 screws would change their lives. [equipbug]

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10:52 PM

Thanks! this was very interesting and helpful. i've had similiar problems with my powerbook.    



9:12 PM

it also happened to my friend. but he already has it fixed at the maccenter. well, he should have checked more info before sending it. well, my powerbook is also broken now. it's all my fault. i dropped it and the monitor broke into 3 pieces >_< (visit my blog and you'll see)    



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