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tennlabs

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I keep mine on a wooden letter tray with the bottom shelf dedicated for just the mini. Today I felt it - 99 degrees. Took the letter tray out and put it on the desk on a trivet hoping it would cool down - got down to 96. Any suggestions?
 

tennlabs

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Jul 24, 2019
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Knoxville
Did the AppleCare chat. They had me do a SMC reset. Turn off, unplug wait 15 seconds, plug in, wait 5 seconds and turn on. Now at 94. What is normal? Has anyone used a stand or one of those fans with a stand - like from Speed Designs? Looked at their video and no one talks - looks too gimmicky.
 

bernuli

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Oct 10, 2011
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Did the AppleCare chat. They had me do a SMC reset. Turn off, unplug wait 15 seconds, plug in, wait 5 seconds and turn on. Now at 94. What is normal? Has anyone used a stand or one of those fans with a stand - like from Speed Designs? Looked at their video and no one talks - looks too gimmicky.


Idle temps I've seen for the Mini are 30-60c.

Are there any runaway processes running? Startup Activity Monitor and sort by CPU % and look for a single process taking up 100% or more CPU.
 

tennlabs

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Jul 24, 2019
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Knoxville
Nothing looks too bad - had a photoanyalys type running 95 % for about 3 seconds. Could not get a screen shot of it. Then photolibraryd came up with 28.7%. no clue what that is. Also downloaded the Mac fan control and got temps. AppleCare again did a diagnostic with the option d. Did not see issues. Told me the outside should not be over 95. They want me now to reinstall if I want, but that means losing programs. Files - not big deal - use drop box, but programs and such - pain in the ....
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I did laugh when the apple care guy told me that normal temp of outside is 50-95. I asked if he meant Farh. Yep - gee wiz I wish the area was 50 degrees
 

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apple_unreal

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Mine has the 64 ram, it gets hot like that when video editing with an external eGPU. My apartment is small and I placed it in front of the AC unit on the wall literally, my desk is against the AC.

It is a Mac problem, they are doing everything slimmer and faster. Probably that is the reason why they are turning into dongles... to keep everything outside the unit.
 

tennlabs

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Jul 24, 2019
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Knoxville
I've thought about putting a desk fan by it, but don't know if that would help. Looked at stands to put it vertical, but when I put mu vertical, it got hotter. Not even sure how air can get in, besides the ports in the back.
 

wardie

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Aug 18, 2008
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Yeah mine runs hot to touch all the time as a 24x7 file server etc. Not really loaded (i5). In a server cabinet. But the fans are not spinning up much so I guess that’s OK and its part of the design to use the case as heat sink.
 

chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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I keep mine on a wooden letter tray with the bottom shelf dedicated for just the mini. Today I felt it - 99 degrees. Took the letter tray out and put it on the desk on a trivet hoping it would cool down - got down to 96. Any suggestions?
Those temps are nice and cool in a computer context, given that your screen capture shows you're talking Fahrenheit. There's no reason to be concerned whatsoever.
 
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bernuli

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Mine has the 64 ram, it gets hot like that when video editing with an external eGPU. My apartment is small and I placed it in front of the AC unit on the wall literally, my desk is against the AC.

It is a Mac problem, they are doing everything slimmer and faster. Probably that is the reason why they are turning into dongles... to keep everything outside the unit.

The question was referencing 100 Fahrenheit idle temps.

100 F is not a problem, it is normal.
 

frou

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Mar 14, 2009
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If concerned about cooling, you should pop the plastic foot off the bottom of the Mini and see whether it looks like there is a wad of dust inside.
 
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