MacBook Pro gets extremely hot

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  1. strausd macrumors 68030

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    My MBP gets extremely hot and from my understanding it happens to all of them. How can I cool it down? Would buying an external pad/fan help? If so I would like a really powerful one and I do not care much about noise because I generally listen to movies while I work.

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  2. celticpride678

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    The first thing that might help is searching. There are countless threads on the same topic.

    Are you using Flash? What are you running when it gets hot?
     
  3. Zyniker macrumors 6502

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    +1
     
  4. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    my MBP doesn't get hot...unless I run flash or silverlight or a game that was originaly a DOS game that is running in a DOS emulator
     
  5. Mew2468 macrumors regular

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    Well, smcfancontrol allows you to adjust the fan speed of your MacBook Pro in case the fans aren't revving up when it gets hot. Since you don't mind the noise, keeping it at max would be a free way to (sort of) cool it.
     
  6. strausd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Word, iTunes, Photoshop, Maya, Mudbox, basically any combinations of these.
     
  7. celticpride678

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    Photoshop and Maya can definitely raise the temperature on a MacBook Pro. Like another poster said, use smcFanControl to control the fan speeds while you are running these applications.
     
  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Download SMC Fan control and post the actual temp. That'd help:D:D:D
     
  9. strausd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    it topped out at 190º F with photoshop at like 2000 rpms. it lowered it to like 120 with it at 6200 rpm, could that in anyway damage the fans? thats the main thing im worried about. if so i would like to get some sort of high powered external pad/fan.

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  10. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    are you using the machine on a stand or a desk, dont use it on your lap and dont worry about the fans being abused, i ran my MBP fans at about 5000rpm nearly constantly for months to keep the temps down,
     
  11. celticpride678

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    Over time, the fans might be damaged if they run at a constant 6200 RPM. However, if you run that fan speed only when you have Photoshop open, then you should be fine.
     
  12. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Thats not too bad, my MBP gets up to that temp quite often. Try reading this article for more advice on how to cool your Mac down: http://factoidz.com/how-to-keep-your-mac-from-overheating-some-helpful-tips/
     
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  14. celticpride678

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    That's what I keep my computer at. It's pretty cool.
     
  15. strausd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    does anyone have a cooling pad with fans to keep it cool?
     

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