macbook fan trouble

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by andrewface, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. andrewface macrumors regular

    andrewface

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    hi, i have a 1st generation macbook...had it since they first came out 2+ years back...recently, about 4 days ago, the fan has begun to spin uncontrollably...about 4 mins after i turn the computer on the fan revs up and just keeps on going...this was never the case in the past 2 years ive owned the computer unless i was running something that really pushed the computer...like a video game or streaming videos...however now it happens when i have nothing but firefox open...anyone experience this problem or have a potential fix? this is very inconvenient as the fan is spinning at full speed and i cant use my laptop in class....any help would be greatly appreciated...

    just checked activity monitor and the computer is running at about 35% idle....is this normal?...i only have adium and firefox open
     
  2. Ironic macrumors 6502a

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    no 35% is not normal, look at the processes(all) and see what is running.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Can you download iStat and get a clearer picture of how many processes are running versus the RPM of your fan speed?
     
  4. andrewface thread starter macrumors regular

    andrewface

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    ill do that tonight and get back to you guys...thanks
     
  5. andrewface thread starter macrumors regular

    andrewface

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    here we are....

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    as i post this the fan is running like crazy
     
  6. macbooker15 macrumors 6502

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    Aha! Its a rouge printer driver! Open up activity monitor and shut down that lexmark process and the fans should calm right down.
     
  7. silverblack macrumors 68020

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    It doesn't seem right to me that your heatsink A is much hotter than your CPU. Assuming your readings are in degree C, 127 C is unusually high for the Al-MB. (see mine for comparison)

    What are the temperatures when you boot up in the morning? If it is anywhere this high, you need to talk to Apple.
     

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  8. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    Whatever that Lexmark process is, it's using up the most power. Try quitting that process and see if it brings everything down to normal...
     
  9. kolax macrumors G3

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    Your fan is probably clogged up with dust/crud. Did you take out Apple Care?
     
  10. Ironic macrumors 6502a

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  11. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    OP doesn't have Alu MB ... read first post.
     
  12. andrewface thread starter macrumors regular

    andrewface

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    WOW
    it was def that lexmark thing...what the ****... i guess i need to uninstall that driver...thanks alot guys!
    fan stopped as soon as i quit the process
     
  13. logana macrumors 65816

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    iStat gives strange readings on 2GHz Core Duo machines - one minute it says 120F for Heatsink A then will suddenly say 25F....

    Sounds like a print job that never finished.....
     
  14. Ironic macrumors 6502a

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    Great news!
     
  15. andrewface thread starter macrumors regular

    andrewface

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    yes i think that is the case...will the computer reopen that print job again when i reboot? or will it be fine now that ive ended the process?
     
  16. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    My iStat doesnt show me programs that are running like on the far right side of yours.. how do i get those to display?

    ****EDIT: found it in the settings. my bad
     
  17. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    Try it :) But it should be fine now that you ended it... That happened to me once with Finder.. it was racking up CPU and the temperature was just climbing.... Once i saw it in Activity Monitor, i ended it and everything returned to normal..
     

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