Dropbox Growl Overheated Processor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by craigconfire, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. craigconfire macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2006
    Over the weekend, I went and installed Dropbox to move some pictures between a MBP and an iPad. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Later the next day on the MBP while running Windows 7 in Parallels, a message pops up and says my processor has overheated. Of course, I am floored and deeply concerned (while thinking hmm that's a nice new feature in Snow Leopard). Much to my surprise, it is not a new feature but a sneaky little add-on called Growl that came along with Dropbox on my system. At first, I think it's a nice addition, but now I am ******. I have installed FanControl to keep my processor cool. I have a widget called miniSTAT that say it was running at 57C and after the fan control stays at 54C. But all my research on temps seem to say both are normal running temps.

    So why did Growl say my processor overheated?
    FanControl says both fans are running. And MiniSTAT confirms it. Do I have another possible source of trouble?
    I removed my battery because the taskbar says it's in need of service, even though the battery itself shows full charge. It the original battery on my MBP. So maybe that is pith source of heat? Stinks I gotta buy a new one.

    MacBook Pro Inetl Core Duo * Mac OS X (10.4.6) * 2ghz

    Any help or ideas are greatly appreciated...
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Growl is a common third-party system wide notification system. It's actually pretty cool. On it's own it's not monitoring your CPU temperatures. I have it installed and it's not doing that. In fact on it's own Growl doesn't do anything: it requires supported applications and plugins to send it messages to display.

    So you you must have an application or plugin that is monitoring your CPU temperature and is misconfigured to think that your CPU is too hot when it is not. Open System Preferences and take a look at the Growl preferences to see what you have registered with Growl...
  3. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Growl works fine with my dropbox.

    Open Activity Monitor and take a look at whats using your CPU %.

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