How to force the fans to run on the Macbook Pro non-Touchbar?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FutureDancer, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. FutureDancer macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2015
    I find after a while of use the machine is warming up. I deliberately got the 2.0ghz model because I wanted it to run as cool as possible.

    I would like to have the fans run constantly at a lower RPM e.g. 3k.

    I have tried SMCFanControl but it does not force the fan on on this machine (although it worked on my prior 2015 Macbook pro 13)

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

  2. justabirdy macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2016
  3. deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    I got a rMBP 2015 i5 8GB July '15 and on using Safari while resting on my lap and my lap was getting uncomfortably hot.

    No other programs were running.

    I rang apple support and he said 'that is not right, I wouldn't want that, take it back and get a brand new one' (less than a week old).
    So that seems to be a good 'test'
    I guess thats why they are called 'laptops'.
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    And, likely why you won't find Apple using the word "laptop"
    'tis a notebook, or occasionally, a portable.

    Apple does mention using it on a lap:
    So, to paraphrase (if I am allowed :D ) : If it is uncomfortably warm to you, don't use it on your lap, make sure it is well-ventilated, on a stable work surface.
  5. Clint_Barton macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2016
    Use MacsFanControl
  6. deany, Dec 26, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2016

    deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    I'm sorry but if the rMBP is on your lap and you are only using Safari - vents not blocked - trousers on - no medical condidion that would prevent detection of heat and causing discomfort then return device.


    • from switch on ie rMBP 'cold'
    • no medical condidion
    • air vents not blocked in any way
    • user wearing trousers ie fabric like denim.
    • Safari only - all other programs closed

    If the underneath of the rMBP is significantly warm /very warm or hot to touch and or causing discomfort to lap after say 15 mins has lapsed


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