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deuk1219
Apr 22, 2011, 07:48 AM
So I skype a lot with my friends and stuff (video chat).
My MBA 13" with 4gb ram gets really loud...
Any other programs out there that will make the MBA run quietly?
Thanks!



miles01110
Apr 22, 2011, 07:49 AM
It's getting louder because Skype is a CPU-intensive program, which causes your processor to heat up. The noise you hear are the cooling fans. Any video chat program will do the same thing.

Psilocybin
Apr 22, 2011, 08:12 AM
Coolbook will help with the heat and fans

kx22
Apr 22, 2011, 08:16 AM
Coolbook will help with the heat and fans

NO it doesnt. Still blazing Air!

unclet
Apr 22, 2011, 08:22 AM
The same thing happens when I run Skype on my 13" MBA. When I use Facetime, the heat and loud fans aren't really an issue. The only other time the fans crank up for me like that is when I'm doing intensive photo or video editing. So it seems to me that Skype really is just a CPU hog. I'm not sure if there's really anything you can do about that.

Over Achiever
Apr 22, 2011, 08:58 AM
Has anyone noticed if Facetime is less CPU intensive and runs cooler than Skype?

Lord Appleseed
Apr 22, 2011, 09:04 AM
Has anyone noticed if Facetime is less CPU intensive and runs cooler than Skype?

I don't think either Facetime or iChat are that CPU intensive as Skype is.

chrono1081
Apr 22, 2011, 09:21 AM
Skype is CPU intensive, this causes the MBA to work harder and the fans to spin to keep things cool. Why every week do we have threads on this? The computer hardware is doing what it is supposed to do. Its like saying "I pushed the "high" button on my blender and now the blender is going faster and getting louder".

I don't mean to sound mean or snippy here its not my intent its just that we have multiple threads like this every day.

damnyooneek
Apr 22, 2011, 10:41 AM
its just how it works. the video card gets hot and the fans will turn on this happens with all laptops. just use your laptop. you don't need any programs to 'fix' it because it's not broken.

Boston007
Apr 22, 2011, 12:48 PM
CPU intensive programs will make your computer work, get hot, and activate the fan, therefore---loud

Are you using Skype ALL the time? If not, shut it down when you are not using it.

This is normal

Twe Foju
Apr 22, 2011, 01:17 PM
i actually use iXoft from TT, it actually pretty much cools down my MBP so far, i could tell that it at least lowers the temp by 2 - 3 degree

you can try using this, it's a good product

netdog
Apr 22, 2011, 01:21 PM
It's getting louder because Skype is a CPU-intensive program, which causes your processor to heat up. The noise you hear are the cooling fans. Any video chat program will do the same thing.

I never use video in Skype, and to be honest, Skype can pound on the processor even when it's supposedly doing nothing but monitoring what contacts are online and waiting for any incoming communications.

Because it makes my fans scream frequently when idling, I think it's a really poorly written program. Other VOIP programs aren't so CPU intensive.

Ommid
Apr 22, 2011, 01:21 PM
Problem is the fans on this model are on the base, try keeping it off the floor

netdog
Apr 22, 2011, 01:46 PM
Problem is the fans on this model are on the base, try keeping it off the floor

This happens on my MBP too with little else running. Skype really is probably the problem.

calvol
Apr 22, 2011, 03:10 PM
Skype caused my 13-UMBA CPU temp to rise to 80C, installed Coolbook and now runs about 70-73C. Normal CPU temp at idle is 43C, and 38C with Coolbook (at .92v settings). Interestingly, when I run Skype on my Dell Latitude with an i5-540M processor/4MBram, the CPU only heats up from 50C to 55C. So the Skype temp effect is much greater on the MBA, probably because of the C2D is working harder.

IngerMan
Apr 22, 2011, 03:14 PM
Not a problem for me, I skype here!