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I have scoured the net for some advice on a recent issue with my MacBook. It was for several years fast and silent but now the browser (fx 18.0.2) is perceptibly slower and there is a hum where I touch the keyboard which is not the fan - so I'm guessing hard-disk.

Core-2 duo 2GB ram

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I have repaired permissions (which btw broke iPhoto and Preview so I had to reinstall them) AND verified the hard-disk.

  1. Is it advisable to ignore the hum as a suspension issue from dried out rubber and add a folded napkin between the HD and the battery as some suggested?
  2. is it worth it to add some RAM (I think I know the answer ;)
  3. The real question: is it worth getting a new SSD and get rid of any moving parts?

My biggest fear is getting a new mac for some 1500 usd to find that it is NOT as silent as this used to be

Thanks

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Do you have an Apple Hardware Test disc? You could also try verifying the hard disk in Disk Utility. –  daGUY Feb 12 '13 at 14:57
    
I do not have a hardware test disc but I DID verify (updated question) –  mplungjan Feb 12 '13 at 15:11
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