2011 15" 2.3 HR AG Left Palm Rest Hot

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  1. 999999999 macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    I've been reading MR forums for years now but this is my very first post. After over 5 years with the final iteration of the PowerBook G4, I got the new 2.3Ghz HR AG 15" on launch day. Recently, however, I've noticed that the left palm rest has felt a LOT hotter. It's not unbearable, but I feel like a $2500 laptop shouldn't be this uncomfortable to use for basic tasks. (When I do HandBrake encodes I don't even touch the computer lest my flesh melt off the bones.) My usage patterns haven't changed (though the ambient temperature in my room has), and I just thought I'd ask the assembled minds here if the temperatures I'm seeing are normal or whether I should be concerned. I would have called AppleCare, but unfortunately I live at GMT+9 and the service hours correspond to when I'm asleep. I've included a screenshot with the numbers in Celsius. (The relevant temp in Fahrenheit is 93.2º.) Thanks in advance for your help!
     

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  2. daneoni macrumors G4

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    What app are you using to get these temps? Also that is quite high if that is with the computer idle The only thing around the left pal-rest is the battery.
     
  3. 999999999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm using iStat Menus 3. The battery temps are included in the screenshot, too, and they seem pretty comparable. I guess the logical question is, if I'm using my computer plugged-in with only Firefox (no video content), iTunes, and Skype (also no video) open why is my left palm rest so hot?
     
  4. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I dunno. Skype is a resource hog though but you're not using video so it shouldn't be. It and Firefox also invoke the discrete GPU which might be one explanation.
     
  5. apolloa macrumors G3

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    Don't use Skype for a day and use Safari, although Safari can be the opposite and hammer the CPU.
     
  6. 999999999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I tried changing a few things. First, I used gfxCardStatus to force the use of integrated graphics. Then I shut the computer down for 8 hours to let it cool off. Today I'm not signed into Skype, but lo and behold, there's no meaningful change in the palm rest temperature. It's still within 1º C of where it was before. Any other ideas? Thanks for your suggestions so far!
     
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  8. asdf542 macrumors 6502

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    Try smcFanControl and crank the fans up to max and see if that reduces the temperature.

    If all else fails I say bring it into the Apple Store and have it checked out. There might be a problem with your battery.
     
  9. 999999999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This computer is A LOT hotter, though this seems to be a recent phenomenon. When I first got it, the palm rest didn't feel like a radiator, but now it does and I have no idea why. However, in over 5 years with the PB G4, I never experienced unpleasant heat at the palm rest or keyboard. It was only unpleasant to use directly on your lap; this MBP is unpleasant to use even on a desk. Basically, everything but the display is sweat-inducingly hot all the time and I'm seriously considering asking for a replacement via AppleCare when I get back to the States. (I'm in Korea right now.)
     
  10. 999999999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I'm just going to go with your second suggestion. If I have to use third-party software to max the fans just to bring the computer to a usable temperature for web-browsing, then to me that indicates a fundamental failure of Apple's heat management design on these. I'm sure doing so would drop the temperature slightly, but two fans blowing at 6500 RPM is not a sound you want to listen to for any great length of time, and I'm at my computer all day. I know this is heresy, but I could live with a slightly thicker laptop if it ran cooler...
     
  11. asdf542 macrumors 6502

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    I understand your frustration but you likely just have a lemon or an issue with the battery specifically. Mine never gets hot to the touch unless I'm taxing the CPU or gaming.
     
  12. 999999999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm glad to hear that yours doesn't suffer from the same issue; it makes me feel optimistic about my chances of getting a cooler-running replacement. :)
     

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