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

saintforlife

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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?
 

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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.
 

lshirase

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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.
 

saintforlife

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

Amplelink

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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.
 

gloryunited

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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?
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)
 

Appledreamer

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

Appledreamer

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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