Apples Solution To Overheating And Poor Video Playback....move It Somewhere Cooler

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by al82, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. al82 macrumors regular

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    I m afraid this topic is not a joke, here it is:

    " The company also noted a problem with using the MacBook Air for prolonged periods. According to that note, also now removed from the site, after long periods of use the computer may become sluggish as it attempts to protect itself from overheating by shutting down one core of the CPU.

    Apple also said that in extreme conditions, the MacBook Air may reduce the clock rate of the remaining core. The company's recommendation was to move the computer to a cooler area or use a cooling pad to dissipate the heat, but this note was also removed from the site."

    So my office table is not cool enough apparently, i should open a window and hold it out of the 14th floor window for ten minutes every couple of hours?
     
  2. Phil A. Moderator

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    Any computer will reduce the clock rate / shut down a core in an overheating situation. I guess the question is really why some (not all) MBAs seem to overheat easily. My guess would be a fault during manufacturing. As I've noted on other threads, my MBA and plenty of others work absolutely fine so there doesn't seem to be an inherent design flaw
     
  3. al82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have had THREE MBAs and ALL have had this issue, my friend has one and hers has the same problem.
    Even on apples site there are people posting this issue:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1415343&tstart=15

    Try playing a movie then going onto youtube.

    Its a 1.6 dualcore and it cant seem to handle a video that my psp and ipod nano video can.
     
  4. Phil A. Moderator

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    I've done that, and I've run both cores at 100% for an hour and neither causes any overheating or core shutdown problems. I've never seen a temperature higher than 72 degrees. What's the temp of yours when it shuts cores down?
     
  5. PStamatiou macrumors newbie

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    can someone confirm that this isn't a thermal paste issue? The first MacBook Pros had way too much thermal paste and overheated. I am inclined to crack open my MBA, wipe of the thermal gunk and replace it with Ceramique or AS5. I've only had my MBA for a few days so I'll hold out for a bit..
     
  6. Phil A. Moderator

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    It certainly could be: Apple don't have a good track record with thermal paste. However, my view if I had one that was overheating would be that it's Apple's responsibility to sort it out: Rather than wreck my warranty, I'd just take it back and insist they sort it out.
     
  7. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    The fan on my MBA was extremely quiet up until this weekend...now it seems to be going off every few hours....I think it's related to the room temperature. The weather has warmed up and my house is a few degrees warmer than before...enough to activate the fan. It seems to be working correctly but it is a little annoying because at high speeds the fan is very audible.
     

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