Macbook Air fan too noisy

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bubulol, May 11, 2015.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502

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    Hi, i have an issue with my MBA 11 2013
    When i m browsing, fan starts making too much noise
    I am using Chrome btw
    any help to prevent fan launching loudly?
     
  2. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    Use Safari. Chrome is very demanding and heats up your macbook, hence the need for the fans to speed up.
     
  3. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    this may very well be true, but i don't think this is the root of his issue. i use chrome almost exclusively on my 2013 mba 11 and the fans never come on.

    what kind of browsing are you doing?

    if i have my air plugged into a TBD and running streaming video\youtube then the fans will come on, but otherwise my air's fans almost never turn on, let alone enough to be particularly noticeable.
     
  4. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, youtube is very good at creating heat. But also chrome with many tabs open clearly drains my battery quicker and creates more heat (probablu also a lot of flash etc. on these sites - Taobao)
     
  5. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    2 tabs opened and cpu temperature going up to 70/80 celcius :mad:
     
  6. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    I hadn't realized that. I prefer Chrome vs. Safari, but perhaps I need to return to it. But oh, to transfer over all the bookmarks!
     
  7. yansun macrumors regular

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    Hm, then something seems to be wrong with Chrome. Sounds not normal.
     
  8. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    What about doing a PRAM or SMC reset ?

    Just a thought
     
  9. motrek macrumors 68020

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    The number of tabs you have open is irrelevant. What's important is how much work the tabs are doing.

    Please go to the Window menu and choose "Task Manager."

    That will give you some idea of how much CPU power each tab (and plug-in) is using.
     
  10. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    please note i said what my fans come on when my air is plugged into the thunderbolt display and running youtube. youtube on its own is fine

    otherwise, the fans almost never come on - even with a million tabs open.

    if this guy's fans are coming on with only 2 tabs open then either he is running something CPU intensive on those 2 tabs or something is going on
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Chrome is terrible on OSX and this issue comes up on here a lot.

    I would open it up and clean out all the dust and see how that goes as a first port of call, it may just be very clogged up.
     
  12. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    Opening Macbook Airs will void the warranty, so I advise against that. Its unlikely that dust is causing the problem.

    Websites that use flash content are the worst, they need lots of cpu power and therefore cause heat.
    If you dont mind stating what two websites you have open then that would be great.
    Websites with moving adds are commonly a problem.

    I only use safari because it is the best (from my testing) in power consumption. I have clicktoplugin installed so I usually dont get annoying flash adds and the flash players get replaced with HTMl5 players. Way better for both heat and battery life.
     
  13. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Even knowing which web sites he has open is not helpful because the ads that would be taking up CPU power are random. Two people could go to the same page and it could be fine for one person and terrible for the other.

    Just go to Chrome's Task Manager window. It's not hard.
     
  14. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Let me explain how fan going to launch
    I have a Macbook Air 11 2013, i am using many peripherals, external SSD, print, wireless Apple keyboard, wired mouse through a bus powered usb hub which has also a gigabit Ethernet port
    Plus i connect it on external 30 screen monitor through an adapter mini display port to HDMI
    I have many use on Windows 8.1/OSX either
    Mostly i am browing with many opened tabs on Chrome
    I only use Safari when i do not use charger plugged into Macbook


    I uploaded my Chrome task manager
    (3/4 opened tabs, fan doesn't start, its quiet)

    [​IMG]
     
  15. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    Did you call AppleCare on this ?
     
  16. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nop mine is out of warranty
    Its quite strange how fan works on mine
    It starts after 5-10 minutes no matter what i am doing on web (not vidéo, just web browsing on classic websites, eg. Macrumors)
    After some heavy use (gaming), fan doesnt seem to stop because just after that, i switch to Chrome instantly but with few opened tabs only
     
  17. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    I'm using a 2008 MBP and from time to time I'll have questions and goto the online chat for applecare or call in and they've worked with me for maybe 10 to 15 minutes and solved problems or answered questions I could not find a solid answer too. I've gone to the local store with a genius appt and they've answered questions, even reloaded the OS once because it would NOT work the way it was supposed to.

    You don't know until you try, did you try the SMC/PRAM reset? Exhaust all options maybe even going as far as reloading the OS you mite have corrupt files.

    HTH
    Michael
     
  18. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes i did SMC reset
    Nothing changed
    I point out toward Chrome as the guilty
    Any alternative? As i saisd i use Safary when Macbook is not plugged
    Moreover, i need browser that works on both OS, OSX + Win 8.1
     
  19. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

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    How do you track the temp? I had an app on my old Windows laptop, and I'd like to have one for my MBA. Any recommendations? Or is this feature baked into OS X?
     
  20. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I use CPUID for Windows
    iStats for OSX
     
  21. motrek macrumors 68020

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    This doesn't look like Chrome task manager. It should look like this:

    http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/72281/is-there-a-firefox-task-manager
     
  22. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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  23. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Oh I see what went wrong. You clicked on stats for nerds or whatever. That only seems to show memory usage. You want to look at the regular task manager window which shows CPU usage.

    High CPU usage will cause your fan to spin up and computer to get warm. High memory usage won't.
     

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