2006 macbook getting very hot

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by xcvtop, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. xcvtop macrumors newbie

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    I recently got my hands on my first macbook a 2006 black MN A1181 as my cousin decided to buy himself a new macbook pro. it runs fine and is still fast as hell but it seems to get very hot when not doing much at all (web browsing + skype) to the point where it gets too hot to have on my lap. i downloaded a fan controller and set the fan speed to the max but even right now the temp showing 55c.

    My questions are, is this normal? if not what should i do?

    bdw i live in the UK
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Use iStat Pro to get accurate readings of your temps and fan speeds, among other things, rather than going by how the Mac feels. The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat (around 100C/212F - 105C/221F, depending on your processor).

    Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you're constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It's just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.

    Your fans are always on when your Mac is on, spinning at a minimum of 2000 rpm (for MBPs) or 1800 rpm (for MBAs, MBs and minis). They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level. If they're spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC. PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help. Also, make sure you don't block the vents, which are located at the rear, near the hinge.

    Learn about the fans in your Mac
    Apple Portables: Operating temperature

    As for the Flash issue:
     
  3. xcvtop thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok thanks do you know if there is a flash block for opera? as it is the main browser i use
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    I found several by doing a Google search for "flash block for opera".
     

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