MDS process causing Mac to overheat

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rikos87, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Rikos87 macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    Running Snow Leopard on a Macbook, as of late it's been heating highly. Activity Monitor shows a process called "MDS" and it's taking up 161% of the CPU.

    What can be done to stop this, I want to go with the safest way possible by the way.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    MDS is spotlight indexing your drive. I think you can kill it in the Spotlight preference pane or something?
  3. garretruh macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Re: MDS process causing Mac to overheat

    The MDS process is the system process that handles Spotlight. It could be that Spotlight was indexing at the time. You should be able to safely quit the "MDS" process from Activity Monitor - all you're doing is "rebooting" Spotlight. Next time you click on Spotlight or do a "find" on your Mac, the process will again show up in Activity Monitor. If the problem keeps occurring, then something's wrong with Spotlight.

    :apple: May Steve Jobs be with you :apple:

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