Is my fan broken?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by krillin, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I've spent one hour with my mba 13" (4gb ram) and I haven't heard the fan yet even though i've installed programs, watched 1080p on youtube and played some games.

    The machine gets warm, not hot. I can have it in my lap w/o worrying about my balls.

    Any ideas? Can I test the fan by any program?

    (first mac and first laptop)
     
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    Tomple

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  3. macrumors 68000

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    It's probably fine. I use the iStat Pro widget to monitor fan speed and temperatures. You can get it here:

    http://www.islayer.com/apps/istatpro/

    By default you should see the fan at 2000 rpm. If you are seeing this or above everything is fine.
     
  4. macrumors demi-god

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    That's what I use too! I can't hear my fan at all, but iStat Pro shows it spinning away. :)
     

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    Tomple

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    iStat is great but so is smcFanControl as it lets you actually alter the speed
     
  6. macrumors demi-god

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    Yeah, if you're looking to alter the fan, smcFanControl is the way to go.
     
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    Tomple

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    off topic

    do you use iStat menu bar app or widget

    also off topic, im scared that installing iStat will cause a spike CPU usage
    is this stupid?
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    Widget not app. No CPU spike. I actually view iStat as much safer than smcFanControl. It's just monitoring not changing. No CPU usage if Dashboard isn't showing.
     
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    Tomple

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    Great!
     
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