2.2GHz 2007 MacBook - Excessive CPU heat

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ashjamben, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for reading! It's been a while since I've posted here.

    Just looking for any help regarding the issue.

    My MacBook is now getting pretty old, but still does the job so I'm reluctant to get rid of it. The problem is the CPU is heating up excessively, and will at times just stop working by going black and shutting off. Normally by closing the lid, leaving it five minutes and reopening I find it's only gone to sleep and will come back on. But, sometimes it's completely shut down and I have to reboot. This normally happens when streaming online, either with flash or silverlight (use for Sky Go), but normally runs pretty hot with minimum usage.

    It's been running Snow Leopard for a long time and the system has become rather clogged up. I've been reluctant to do a Time Machine Backup and restore as I thought it might have been something software based (lots of junk over the last couple of years since I last did a fresh install and didn't want a software problem just to be transferred over) and have only just got round to doing a backup and fresh install of Lion, which I was hoping would solve the issue, but it hasn't. I've literally just finished the fresh install of Lion and installed iStat Pro to check the temperature and the fans are running at full power and the temperature is running at 85ºC! Nothing much running on Activity Monitor (itself using the most of the CPU, around 8%) so now I'm a little bit stuck.

    I've obviously got rid of ay chance of the problem being software based and starting to think it's hardware based. Does anyone know what the problem could be? Fans clogged up with dust? I've read somewhere about some kind of heat sink paste? Any ideas?

    Any help would be really appreciated!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you've just upgraded, it's very likely that system resources are being consumed while the system is doing things like indexing your drive(s) and other "set-up" processes. 85C isn't outside the normal safe operating range, so you really don't have anything to worry about. Before your Mac reached unsafe temps, it would automatically shut down, to prevent damage.
     
  3. ashjamben thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    You may very well be right. I've just noticed Spotlight indexing and do have an external HD plugged in, so it will probably be indexing that too! I'll give it a little extra time and see what happens.

    Thanks
     
  4. ashjamben thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thought I'd leave it a day until I posted again, just to see if the initial setup was causing some excessive CPU usage and heat. Well I've been using it quite a bit and so far, so bad.

    I was watching the golf last night and was surprised that it didn't shut down even after an hour or so of streaming with Silverlight. I thought I'd cracked it! I have, though, just been sat with Safari, Spotify, and Mail open and all of a sudden *poof* shut down. I closed the lid, left it for 5 minutes and reopened it and it came back on, only to shut down again after a minute or so.

    I've just tried an SMC and PRAM reset too with no apparent affect. And unfortunately that's where my limited expertise end!

    Does anyone have any ideas to resolve the issue? I really thought an OS X reinstall would fix the issue but it seems to have been a waste of time. I'm on a desk (so the MacBook is well ventilated) running Finder and Safari and my fans are full blast (6200rpm) and current CPU is 88°c!

    Any help would be really appreciated :)
     

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