Powerbook heat concerns

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by eyeon, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. eyeon macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004
    Montana, USA
    I am using a Powerbook for work purposes. At my office, I have an external display, mouse and bluetooth keyboard, so basically, when I'm at work, I never need to open my powerbook. I just plug everything in and roll. Lately, however, I've noticed that at the end of the day when I pack up my Powerbook that it is quite hot, and I wonder if keeping the lid closed all the time (with a RadTech chamois thing in there) is making it too hot... Would it be healthier to leave the lid open, even if I am nt using the screen or keyboard? And when I slip it in my Considerable Embarrassment to bring it home, should I be letting it cool down a bit before slipping it into the snug, padded compartment in the bag?

    My MiniStat widget says that my Powerbook averages about 105 degrees (F) while I'm working.

    Am I just being paranoid?

    Thanks for any insight.
  2. randas macrumors member


    Dec 3, 2005
    maby try running it open it for a day and see how hot it runs
  3. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    105!!! I wish mine would run that low. My powerbook g4 runs currently at 145º with the lid open!!! and thats with only typing on MR for just over an hour after being on sleep all day!!! It has peaked at 150-ish doing heavy processor work for a long time, it has never been below 120 under minimal work after 1 hour (minimal as being typing, ichatting, listening to music, etc.), and it averages around 140. You are lukcy or i am cursed. and i have heard more about PBs running hot. so i think your just lucky. its the ppc chip. i'm assuming that the MBPs run cooler but have no scientific theory on that, just it being intel and intel generally runs cooler than ppc.
  4. ekenny macrumors regular


    May 28, 2005
    New York
    105 degrees F (~40 C) really isnt that bad. I would imagine that even if you are using an external display that if you have the lid opened, the built in LCD will be running (possibly wearing out the backlight sooner). I have been wondering this myself though.
  5. eyeon thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004
    Montana, USA
    Wow, okay. Well, I guess I should consider myself lucky then!
  6. Daedalus256 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Wow, 40C is DEFINITELY not hot. I wouldn't worry about it.
  7. MyLeftNut macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2002
    Melbourne, Australia
    Screen damage?

    This begs the question...if the screen is closed nearly all the time and the PB is getting very hot over many weeks...does that affect the screen? Dont know if Im talking out of my arse here but any ideas?:D

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