Does the fan on your MBA turn on every time you watch a video?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 6502a

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    The fan on my MBA invariably turns, and very loudly at that, on every time I watch a video on Youtube, Yahoo or Netflix. It is a late 2010 13.3/4GB/128 GB model. Is the problem the Core 2 Duo processor? Can it not handle HD videos which cause the fans to run full blast?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It can handle HD, but playing back Flash or Silverlight content is CPU intensive, thus the CPU gets warmer and needs to be cooled a bit louder.
     
  3. lshirase macrumors regular

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    2013 i7/8/256 here. I can watch YouTube (or any other site) 1080p videos without the fans kicking in. Temp ranges from 50 - 60c for 1080p, 45 - 55c for 720p. Fans stay put at 1200rpm.
     
  4. saintforlife thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do you measure temperatures? Did you install some kind of an app?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    iStat Menus, MenuMeters, iStat Pro, SMC FanControl and some others can help.
     
  6. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

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    The "problem" is indeed your computer. I have that model Macbook Air and experience the same. My 2013 MBA does not have the issue. It runs multiple Youtube sessions while remaining almost completely silent.
     
  7. gloryunited macrumors 6502

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    My 2010 MBA of the same config does the same too. Not all the time but usually especially on 720p/1080p YouTube.

    HTML5 instead of Flash does help a little. (An opt-in option on YouTube)
     
  8. Appledreamer macrumors member

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    i have had my macbook air for a week now and the fan has not been on once. 2013/i5/128gb/4gb
     
  9. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    The fan has definitely been on, just not at the level for you to notice it.
     
  10. falconeight Guest

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    If my fan runs I can't hear it. I do feel it get warm when converting video.
     
  11. Appledreamer macrumors member

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    macbook built in FIREWALL

    Hello Guys and Ladys

    May i ask, i noticed my new macbook air came with the firewall turned off? if i turn it on does this slow it down? make the battery last less? why would they have it off and not on if its there to help?

    i also had to install flash player for youtube. i take it it only uses this when it needs to, i am not going to suffer it being on and braining my battery etc.

    i am away from the power a lot and i need max battery life any where i can get it.

    Marko

    ops sorry i posted this in the wrong place. i meant this to be a new post. forgive me
     

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