Does anyone elses macbook/pro get hot while watching youtube videos?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 1, 2007

The back of the middle part of the lid gets hot when I am watching youtube videos. I am really surprised m fans don't go into high gear. I've noticed though if you feel the screen hinge one second the middle will hot then the next it will get cooler than keep on going back and forth until I log off youtube. Then if I put it to sleep or shut down right after the back of the middle put of the lid is hot.

I checked the CPU while on youtube and it was at about 30% or so. If I watch videos on another site like right after I am youtube the fan kicks into high gear.

I also have my fans up to about 50% now with fancontrol as when I didn't and was on youtube I would get a quick line vertically through the internet window and when I went to close the window, I would get like a flash. I was worried that youtube may be overheating my macbook but since I turned the fan up that hasn't happened.

Is this happening to anyone else?


macrumors 6502
Apr 21, 2006
my powerbook does that when i watch videos on it. the fans kick in and it gets pretty hot.

probably has something to do with flash.


macrumors 6502
Apr 9, 2006
It is normal when watching flash (flv) movies on macs.

I don't know why, but flash works much better on PCs. I hope Adobe can fix this problem.


macrumors regular
Jun 13, 2006
Heh, the fan on my MacBook goes off like crazy when I do! It also does that for anything fullscreen... Hmm!


macrumors regular
Aug 17, 2006
Yeah this happens to me all the time. I really wish there was a cure for this. That has been my only complaint about my MacBook. I just wish it wasn't so uncomfortable to have my LAPtop in my LAP...:confused: I'm a little sketch about installing something like smc_fancontrol because I (a) shouldn't have to manually control my fan speeds and (b) don't want to screw something up.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 14, 2007
North Carolina
Yep, my MacBook heats up to about 140F (60C) when I watch stuff on YouTube, and the fans kick up to maybe 3500rpm.
Same here :(

I use smc_fancontrol and keep my fans at about 3600 RPM when on power. It keeps my MacBook in the low 40sC where they used to always hover around the high 50sC.
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