Cooling off an old MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sferrazza, May 11, 2017.

  1. sferrazza macrumors newbie

    sferrazza

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    Hi I'm a newbie, go easy,

    I have a 15-inch, Late 2011 MBP, swapped the HD for a 2Tb SSD and popped 16GB. Now looking to pull out the optical drive and replace it with something that might aid in cooling down.

    I'd like to avoid a fan but if there is an off the shelf one made, I'd do it. OR should I just accept my fate of hot knees?
     
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Should I assume you have already replaced the thermal compound?
     
  3. killawat macrumors 65816

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    Something in the optical bay? thats not how it works.
     
  4. sferrazza thread starter macrumors newbie

    sferrazza

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    Is it something that's recommended or not?
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    No worries. Just seeing if it was feasible. I understand they are designed to run hot, was curious if there was a way to cool it internally.
     
  5. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Have you tried using a large reusable cold compress??? :eek:

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    Personally, with some laptops, I've had good luck with something under the laptop like this one (some have cooling fans, some don't).

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  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Such an old computer, I would open it up and clean out the fans, vents and other internals that may have 6 years of accumulated dust
     
  7. elf69 macrumors 65816

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    Acrtic silver compound helped my 2007 17" macbook pro live longer and run cooler
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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