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Cracking and popping sounds from a MacBook Pro Retina

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Published on Feb 28, 2014

A few days ago I started to hear this faint strangle clicking from my MacBook.

At first I though it was me moving the unit around so it was just flexing but as the day wore on I found that even when it was on my desk (flat surface) and nothing connected or touching the unit it was still doing the same thing.

The following day It got worse to I made an appointment at the Apple Store to get it checked out.

I have heard that some people are taking about the sound being the logic board pins that space out the case or the screws on the unit need to be tightened or loosened. But as a sound engineer (my ears are good trust me! ;-) ) and being a MacJunky for 25 years, I know it's not going to be anything like that.

It sounds more like the battery moving/expanding, you know the crackling sound you get when you hear plastic moving around? Or, god forbid, the processor flexing with the heat?

But then again I am not seeing the temp raising to an abnormal number.

In the meantime I have made this video of the sound.

The image shows how I recorded it. I have amplified the sound by 50% so that it can be heard.

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