whats a normal temp for a powerbook?!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by thevessels, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    umm so ive noticed my PB gettin pretty warm these days . sometimes i gotta take it off my lap . so i got one of those menubar temperature things , and right how my proc is at 60 degrees .... is this like really bad ? are there things i could do to reduce this or should i not worry..? :confused:

    thanks guys !

  2. macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    considering your PB is made out of metal and conducts heat, it is going to get hot. if you search the forums, you will find several threads on this topic. there are several products that can help. basically you need to find something that props up your pb a little bit so air can flow underneath the pb so the heat can dissipate.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2004
    if you ever want kids, I suggest moving it out of your lap when it gets hot. :D
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    60C (140F) is nothing, my PB has gotten up to 155-160F (68-71C) range, and the thing still works great. It only gets that hot on my lap, but when its sitting on my iCurve, it rarely gets too hot.

    (w00t, gotta love the unit converter widget)
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    If that's celsius, it's not normal .... or are we talking about the processor temperature and not the shell :confused:
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    yeah it says:
    processor bottomside: 60.2
    powersupply bottomside: 59.8
    battery: 41
    disk: 42

    and ive been on this thing for a few hours now ... so .. im ok ?

    and im guessing the surface the actual comp is on makes the most difference? ( so if i had an ilap or icurve the thing would be somewhat cooler... )

    thanks for the help ..

    ps. is there a computer temp widget for dashboard yet??
  7. macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2003
    Timonium MD
    Yeah, your fine. There is a program called Temperature monitor lite that is in your menu bar. Would that work?
  8. macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6

    Studies have shown this to be true, watch out! :eek:
  9. macrumors member

    May 30, 2005
    Grand Rapids
    so what you are saying is that powerbooks double as birth control... interesting... :D
  10. macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    heat kills sperm, that why sperm count is higher when you wear boxers.
  11. macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2005
    Launceston, TAS - Australia
    I've got a mate who fried his processor running it a maximum capacity with very heavy use on his 1.33gHz powerbook... although I'm not sure of the exact use and the temperature that it was running

    I've got Temperature Monitor (http://www.bresink.com/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html)
    which currently tells me that my CPU is at 44.2C, with Panther 10.3, on a 1.5gHz 17inch Powerbook, with 'Reduced Processor Performance' (Under Energy Saver) - to try and prolong the life of my CPU and prevent excess heat production, thus hopefully increasing my battery life (cause hopefully the fan won't be needed)...

    I would assume that anything under ~57C would be best (from some basic research) and I (personnally) would prefer it not to exceed this, as replacing the CPU in a powerbook is an expensive process apparently...

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