Hot MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kkmac, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. kkmac macrumors newbie

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    Everyone who has been following the life of the MacBook knows all about the heat issues that have plagued us MacBook users.

    My contribution to this is that i think my black MacBook seems to be getting hotter as it ages!

    As I type this, my computer is running at almost 70 degrees celsius, with fans running at almost 5000 rpm - the only program I am running is Safari and my computer has been on for almost 10 minutes.

    if I dare to watch video on my Mac, it goes into overdrive. The fans will reach 6200 rpm in a matter of minutes and temp will stay constant at 72 deg. I'd be lucky to get 20mins of battery life.

    My computer is about 18 months old. I don't remember this happening in my MacBook's younger months.

    The effect of all this is that I can now get little more than an hour out of my battery. CoconutBattery now reports that my battery's life capacity is a mere 45%. I'm not sure if the connection between heat and battery life has been documented, but I would be highly skeptical of any claims that there wasn't a link.

    Also, my Hard Drive died at about 14 months. hmmm. I know hard drives die, but this quickly? Can I blame the heat and fans for this as well?

    Clearly, a more active fan is a band-aid solution to this hot problem.

    This is the sixth Mac that I have owned and I have never known a Mac to have these sort of heat issues.

    Has anyone else experienced an *increasingly* hot MacBook?
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Dec 6, 2007
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    Yes, heat does decrease the usable life of a battery (due to hastening the chemical reactions within the battery that break it down). I'd recommend smcfancontroller, but it sounds as if there's a hardware flaw in your MB, so a fan controller would only postpone the inevitable. Have you tried a clean reinstall, to make sure it's a hardware, and not a software issue?
     

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