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Resolve your MacBook Temperature Problem

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by amac4me, May 25, 2006.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Interesting ... when your MacBook is shipped, a piece of plastic is actually blocking a vent.

    Be sure to check this out:
    MacBook's Vent Blocked

    Be sure to check out the photos. If you have a MacBook, you'll want to check if the plastic is blocking the vent. An interesting discovery.
  2. Guest

    Anyone else have seen this plastic?
  3. macrumors 6502

    I think it is a good post. He is just trying to help others out.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Looks like this made its way over to Engadget.com
  5. macrumors member

    I didn't have the plastic on mine, I just spent 5 minutes starting at that portion to find plastic, started to scrape at it, too.

  6. Editor emeritus


    Some MacBook Vents Blocked, Causing Heat Issues?


    The mac web has taken note of an observant MacBook owner who found at least part of the reason why his MacBook was running so hot. Apparently, some MacBooks are shipping with the rear vent (between the base and the screen hinge) blocked by a piece of plastic. Removing the plastic allowed air to circulate correctly and lowered operating temperatures dramatically.

    While some users report having found the plastic, others report not finding the plastic, so mileage may vary.
  7. macrumors 68030



    when will these heat issues for the new Laptops subside? Everyone gets all excited about the new books, then they all get burned....

    How bad is it this time? :rolleyes:
  8. macrumors 6502a


    This probably doesnt apply to the Macbook Pro as well?

    Maybe thats what the extra 900$ is for. For more thorough checking so that silly stupid errors like these dont happen any more.

    I assume we will see a post in their support section soon about this issue.

    Thats a shame.
  9. macrumors 6502

    I am going to check mine when I get home.

    Has anyone here found this yet? Is it really easy to notice or do you really have to look around for the piece of plastic? How easy is it to remove?
  10. macrumors 65816


    Mother of all thermal challenges....part 57

    If Apple keeps up with this, they will ruin their reputation.
    Faster machines that will roast your scrotum at the same time...
  11. macrumors 603


    Er... actually, I can't find anyone else other than the original blogger who reported having found the plastic film on their vents...
  12. macrumors regular

    I took mine apart today, Here is what it looked like with the old thermal paste.


    I am still waiting for my free iPod???
  13. macrumors 68000


    I didn't see this on my MacBook, I wonder if he just got one where the worker decided to give him a hotter laptop than normal ;).
  14. macrumors 68040


    Dear Diary,

    Today I learned that Rev. A computers are fun......
  15. macrumors 68000


    "Some users?"

    Name one other than the original blogger who wrote the post and shared the pics. I've seen no reports that this -- like the black MacBook paint flaking -- is anything other than a single, isolated incident.
  16. macrumors 6502

    When will people learn... Rev A computers just don't work!
  17. macrumors regular

    Some people over at Digg have commented they indeed have the plastic on their MacBooks so it is not just one person with this problem.

    It seems the majority of MacBook owners however don't have the plastic.
  18. Editor emeritus


    Read through the comments on the digg.com story:
  19. macrumors newbie

    don't read them.

  20. macrumors 65816

    How soon can we expect a rev B MacBook? Would that be the "6th month" cycle? Or is Apple known to fix problems in a month or two after rev A?
  21. macrumors newbie

    There are a few people that left comments on Digg.com that had the plastic as well.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Your old paste looks fine...about the same as any OEM computer you'll find that uses paste instead of a pad.
  23. macrumors 68000


  24. macrumors 65816


    This is not a heat issue. The Macbook is as hot as it is allowed to get, but these reports are not about a flaw in the design that burns your legs, but a simple error of some employee not removing all plastic from the laptop he is assembling. Maybe because of the time pressure, if you believe Thinksecret, who first reported May 9, later May 16 due to shortage of stock. This leads to a lot of stress, especially with Steve Jobs breathing down your neck.

    By the way, who is rating this positive? I know it also gives you a solution, but since when is an easily solvable problem a good thing?
  25. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Update: Meanwhile, due to the controversy surrounding the excess Thermal Paste, MacDevCenter disassembled their MacBook Pro to see if reducing the Thermal Paste would indeed cause a significant change in the running temperature. Contrary to other anecdotal reports, they found there was only a 2 degree difference in temperatures before and after the extensive disassembly.

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