17" PB - Overheating?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by sparky76, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. sparky76 macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2003
    I have a 17" Powerbook 1GHz and am thinking of using an external display and keyboard, keeping the lid closed. If I keep folding@home running, will the machine overheat? I know Apple enabled lid-closed operation, but presumably did not expect 100% processor operation. Anyone any experience?
  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Yes, as long as you keep the bottom raised up and free, then it's OK, expect the fan to run pretty much all the time, if you want to be extra safe, get a small exterior fan to move air accross the bottom plate.

    I don't do it often but it seems to work fine.
  3. sparky76 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2003
    Thanks - I'll try it now. Was a little scared of frying a £2500 machine.

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