Macbook fans won't calm down!!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by TooFastForLove, May 9, 2009.

  1. TooFastForLove macrumors member

    TooFastForLove

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    Hey guys (and gals), hoping someone can help:

    My Macbook (2.2ghz White Santa Rosa model, 4gb RAM) has it's fans kicking into high gear and they don't seem to calm down until I shut the machine down...

    When I first turn it on (or wake from hibernation) iStat records my CPU usage at over 50% at times - with the fans climbing to an eventual 6000+ rpm - and I haven't even done anything yet! If I had a combination of Photoshop / Illustrator / iTunes / Safari / Adium running then this might make sense, but I've literally JUST booted into OS X.

    Being that it's only my secondary machine, I have no problem reformatting the drive with a fresh install incase it's a memory leak / software issue, but does anyone know what else this could be, or how to fix it?

    *phew* sorry for the long post. Just VERY frustrated.
     
  2. eXan macrumors 601

    eXan

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    Most likely its some printer process stuck at 100% CPU usage. Check Activity Monitor (make sure you select to show "All Processes" from the drop-down menu) and see if there's something bogging your cpu.
     
  3. psxguru macrumors 6502a

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    It might be spotlight going mental?

    type 'top' in a terminal window and look for mdworker hogging all the cpu
     
  4. TooFastForLove thread starter macrumors member

    TooFastForLove

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    (@eXan)

    WOW, that's the last thing I would have checked for, but it makes so much sense now. That ended up being the problem: I tried to print something to a printer attached to my AEBS and there was a paper jam. I got lazy and left the house, figuring I'd fix the jam later.

    Many thanks!
     

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