Is it safe to run a macbook in clamshell mode upside down or on its side?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Treasonist, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. Treasonist macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have an older 06 macbook. It has some heat issues running in clamshell mode, presumably because heat can't dissipate as easily out through the keyboard. I figure flipping it upside down or on its side might help as anyone familiar with macbooks knows they heat up mostly along the bottom left. Im wondering if this will cause issues down the road.
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    The myth of a computer being harmed while operating in clamshell mode is just that, a myth. You'll be fine.
  3. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    It'll get hotter but as long as you monitor the temps and make sure it doesn't get too hot, you should be fine. Also keep an eye on dust. I keep my PowerBook G4 permanently closed and when I went to clean it the other day I found clear lines of dirt on the aluminium where the fans blow out.
  4. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Just don't flip it over while the machine is running.

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