Macbook Temperature Keeps Spiking- Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lookafteryou, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. lookafteryou macrumors newbie

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    I've got one of the older white macbooks, and recently my cpu temperature has been spiking up to about 90 degrees celsius when I do things such as run online games or stream video from online. I don't think it ever used to do this before. Could this be a problem of stuff getting clogged in the fans? Or is it something else? Or, is it normal?
     
  2. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    yeah, i'd suggest striping the case and cleaning all the dust and crud out, it'll prolly help ya fans breathe a bit easier :)
     
  3. rekhyt macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't it void the warranty if you open the case beyond the hard drive and RAM though?
     
  4. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    macbook warranty is only 1 year, unless the OP purchased applecare, seeing as he stated it's an older one, i'm assuming that the warranty has expired ;)
     
  5. kroeks macrumors regular

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    I've got this problem myself.. I always supposed that this was normal.
    When i have the macbook on my lap while playing games IT BURNS WAAAH
    no seriously, sometimes when i wear shorts with that white monster on my lap It gives red marks and itches.
     
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    You will notice that nowhere on the MacBook/MacBookPro product pages does Apple refer to them as "laptops". The same is true for the larger machines from most other manufacturers as well. They're always "notebooks."

    Reason being, they get too hot to actually use as a laptop. You can actually experience a kind of burn from prolonged exposure to hot (but sub-burning) temperatures; your body essentially can't get heat away from the skin fast enough, so eventually cell damage starts to occur even though the temperatures aren't physically painful.

    The best kludgey solution to this is to install SMCFanControl or a similar app that lets you set the temperature response curve on your MB/MBP's fans, then crank them up high enough at minimum to keep the underside cool enough to use on your lap. This is my solution, though of course the tradeoff is more fan noise.
     
  7. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

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    i would definitely clean it out... dust makes these notebooks heat up like crazy. You try blowing some compressed air through the vents (where the hinge is)
    SMCFanControl is also great.
     
  8. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    I usually throw my macbook in the freezer after a few hours of prolonged usage. Just kiddin.
     

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