Macbook Pro heats up when on Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by icedd, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. icedd macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    Hey guys, its me again. I successfully installed Bootcamp onto my new macbook pro, but there seems to be a problem.

    The mac starts to heat up very quickly upon using bootcamp. When I change it back to the regular OS X, the system cools down.

    Is this normal? Or should I go and get it fixed?
  2. F0l3ert macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    Personally, i think it's quite normal. A lot of times my fans rev up to max and gets quite loud.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    What programs do you have running?
    Or is it just the system?

    Mine cranks up when AVG Anti-virus is scanning in the background

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  4. icedd thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    I believe its the system itself. Even if I don't have any programs running on Windows, it heats up. Does the fan automatically spin faster when the system is getting hotter?
  5. veeco3110 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2007
    brick nj
    yes, the fans click on when the components of the computers inside get to a certain temp. not sure what those temps are.

    i just checked my HD temp for my imac and its at 133 degrees. scorching hot but i honestly dont think ive ever heard the fans on this thing...i think youre fine. if anything call apple and ask them what they think.
  6. Koronis macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2009
    On the new unibody MBP, when you switch into windows via bootcamp, the 9600 video card is activated, rather than being able to choose the 9400, this might be causing some extra heat.
  7. evilted macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2007

    OS X uses the 9400M card for video (unless you specify otherwise), whereas Windows uses the 9600M.

    The fan on my MBP screams after playing a 3D game under Boot Camp, and very slowly winds down afterwards. But the MBP is just plain hotter whether I'm gaming or not, and I credit the 9600M card.

    And battery life is awful under Boot Camp. Best to stay near an outlet when running non-virtualized Windows.

  8. Illicit macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Waterloo, ON
    The fan speed that it is set to in OSX upon restarting is the default fan speed when you boot into BootCamp. That's why it gets so much hotter when the 9600 kicks in, the fans still think the 9400 is being used.

    Use InputRemapper to manually configure your fan speed.
  9. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    It's not just the MBPs that are having this problem. I have a unibody 2.0 MacBook, and whenever I run Windows 7 in Boot Camp, the machine gets noticeably hotter than it does under OS X. And my machine only has the 9400 for graphics, so it's not necessarily the 9600 that's causing the problem. Apple needs to issue an updated version of Boot Camp that addresses these issues. A lot of people have bought into the hype of being able to run both OS X and Windows on these machines, only to have to now worry about their machines overheating.
  10. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    there are too many threads about this we need a faq i guess but basically yes fan control when running windows isnt great

    sooooo if you do very heavy work or heavy gaming under windows and you need your hardware to last a while then its not a crazy idea to try smcfancontrol or something like it to manually up your fans for your windows sessions

    anyone interesting about this idea just search the forums for inputremapper or smcfancontrol
  11. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    I have no problems with fan control or whatsoever under Boot Camp.
  12. macuser154 macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2009
    Yeah, mine always does this. Even when it is booting the fans are going loud.
  13. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    you dont get higher temps when 3d gaming under bootcamp than you do under osx?
  14. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    my MBP gets very loud sometimes when gaming w/ boot camp. and very hot. gotta trust my fans to keep things under control. yay rev A MBP.
  15. J71 macrumors member


    Jul 19, 2008
    I wasn't sure higher temp in my MacBook using Windows was normal or not. After some research, it appears this is normal. I never experienced a computer crash due to the high temps, however battery life was just terrible so I decided to remove XP from my iMac and run Vista. That seems to be a better solution, however I will give the Windows 7 RC a try on my MacBook.

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