2009 MBP overheating from Minecraft

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  1. Heather5191970 macrumors newbie

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    My daughter plays Minecraft a lot on our MacBook. Sometimes in the morning after she's been playing the night before the computer is super hot with the fan running. We always put it to sleep, but I'm concerned about the heat. I know nothing about computers ... Just wondering if the game is too much for the computer.
     
  2. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

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    Heather

    I suspect on a 2009 MBP the battery is likely to be the culprit.

    I guess the reason it's hot the next day is not related to the game but the charger trying to charge a duff battery

    Pop in to an Istore and ask them to check it and give the fans etc a quick clean
     
  3. Heather5191970 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I brought it to the Genius Bar yesterday and they wouldn't help because they don't service 2009 MBP anymore.
     
  4. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    If Minecraft is not exited it will remain running the background, which pushes the CPU hard generating the heat. I would look to elevate the computer on a cooling stand as that will help the notebook to run slightly cooler, any cheap one will do as the fan has little effect on a Mac portable.

    Mac`s are really not designed with gaming in mind, obviously they can be used, equally they run very hot as a result the older ones more so. You could have a Mac specialist clean the cooling system, although I rather feel it will not make a significant difference to the temperature due to the nature of use, and you have to weigh investing money into an old computer.

    You also need to consider that the computer now ageing, Apple won't deal with it, although independent Mac specialists will at a price. As such it would be prudent to budget for a replacement, I don't suggest that you replace the notebook, rather that you are financially prepared. At seven years old and being pushed hard, the potential for failure increases.

    The health of the battery can be checked by downloading a small application Coconutbattery It can be done from the operating system, however takes more steps. From my experience with older Mac`s I doubt the battery will result in such elevated temperatures.

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  5. Heather5191970 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response. I wish my 12-year old daughter would get sick of Minecraft, but I don't see that happening yet!
     
  6. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Truthfully there not too much you can do, short of stopping your daughter playing the game, nor will that preserve the MacBook indefinitely. You could of course use a different device for her play one. As ever most of the options will require spending out.

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  8. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

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    Well so much for Apple CS it would take them seconds to assist you, still as Q6 thinks it's more a result of running in the background make sure you switch the MBP of completely post playing and try with and without charger left on/in to see if it's completely cold the next morning.

    Else as Q6 noted days of limited returns on an old device,

    I would say Minecraft is by far a better of many evils in game terms, there are far worse ones :) although kids today are far different and the days of getting a set of pram wheels and making a cart are long gone a balance somewhere has to be struck, I had to stop my wife giving my boys meals in their rooms else we would of never seen them, best of luck

    FYI:

    http://techcrunch.com/2016/06/09/mi...edition-for-teachers-to-test-over-the-summer/
     
  9. chabig macrumors 68040

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    It might get hot but you shouldn't worry about it becoming damaged. It'll shut itself down if it exceeds any limits. Still, it could hurt someone, so be careful with it.
     
  10. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Ah heck. I got my (late) 2008 MacBook when I was in my last year of middle school and it took me all the way to college and it's still running. I did not give it an easy life either. I played a lot of games on it throughout its life and it got pretty warm. Played all of the Half Life 2 series, Portal 1 and 2, Burnout Paradise, TF2, FEAR, Spore, Guitar Hero 3, and who knows what else. It would get up to 200ºF on the CPU temp but it never overheated or shut off even after hours of gameplay.

    Best thing to do is show her how to exit the game when she's done so it isn't running anymore and it'll cool off just fine by itself. Elevation does help the airflow a bit and having a clean fan can make a big difference. It's easy enough to pop off the bottom panel (PH 00 screws) and dust it out real quick.
     

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