Macbook shuts down when playing games

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by FB2011, May 28, 2011.

  1. FB2011 macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    Hello, can someone please suggest what i could do.... My Macbook shuts down when i play games on the internet, even when it is connected to power. It gets very hot to the, the fan seems to run constantly and then it just shuts down......I've been playing these games for 3 years and never had this problem..... Thanks for any suggestions:)
  2. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    That's your MacBook making a last-ditch effort to stay cool - by shutting down. If it is three years old now, pop the top off it, grab a can of compressed air, and go to town getting rid of accumulated dust. If that doesn't instantly solve your problem (which it should), or you just want to be extremely nice to your MacBook, you might want to go ahead and replace the three-year-old thermal paste on it while you're in there.
  3. FB2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    Thanks! But i'm not that techie..... do i pop the top off by undoing all the little screws on the back and sides?

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