Mid 2010 Macbook Pro 13"

Justinm408

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Sep 13, 2011
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Stockton, Ca
Hi. I recently got into some errors with my laptop.
I got the question mark screen and what not. It is all fixed.

My current problem is that the fan seems to be running anywhere from 4000 to 6000rpm.
I've heard the normal rpm it should run is 2000.

Knowing that, if it fails or overheats, boom. My laptop is gone.
Warranty is up already.

I am wondering what is the best way to get through this issue?
Should I buy a new fan? If so, where can I buy it from? Links if possible:(

Any tips with this thanks.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Knowing that, if it fails or overheats, boom. My laptop is gone.
Not true. If it overheats, it shuts down to prevent damage. The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat (around 100C/212F - 105C/221F, depending on your processor). iStat Pro will give you accurate readings of your temps and fan speeds, among other things.

Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you're constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It's just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.

Your fans are always on when your Mac is on, spinning at a minimum of 2000 rpm (for MBPs) or 1800 rpm (for MBAs, MBs and minis). They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level. If they're spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC. PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help. Also, make sure you don't block the vents, which are located at the rear, near the hinge.

Learn about the fans in your Mac
Apple Portables: Operating temperature

For Flash-related issues:
 

Feed Me

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Jan 7, 2012
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Not true. If it overheats, it shuts down to prevent damage. The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat (around 100C/212F - 105C/221F, depending on your processor). iStat Pro will give you accurate readings of your temps and fan speeds, among other things.

Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, etc etc etc etc
You have these things on copy/paste, don't you? :rolleyes:
 

Justinm408

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Original poster
Sep 13, 2011
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Stockton, Ca
My brother worked at apple and is handy with repairing and diagnosing it.

He was just letting me know that the fan is running high.
He was able to accuratly check the temperatures of it and the speed.
It was running at 4000rpm.


How should I go about repairing this?

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The smc already reseted.

He just told me that its running around 6k
 

Feed Me

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Jan 7, 2012
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My brother worked at apple and is handy with repairing and diagnosing it.

He was just letting me know that the fan is running high.
He was able to accuratly check the temperatures of it and the speed.
It was running at 4000rpm.


How should I go about repairing this?
We've already given you some possible solutions.
Did your brother find that the temperatures in the laptop were abnormally high, thus causing the fast spinning fans? Or are the fans just spinning up for no reason? If it's the latter, try a SMC reset.
 

adnbek

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Oct 22, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec
My brother worked at apple and is handy with repairing and diagnosing it.

He was just letting me know that the fan is running high.
He was able to accuratly check the temperatures of it and the speed.
It was running at 4000rpm.


How should I go about repairing this?

----------

The smc already reseted.

He just told me that its running around 6k
See the suggestions above to reset your SMC. It controls fan speed among other things.

Also, what was the temp at when the fan was running at 4000?
 

Justinm408

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 13, 2011
12
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Stockton, Ca
See the suggestions above to reset your SMC. It controls fan speed among other things.

Also, what was the temp at when the fan was running at 4000?


The smc has already been reset.
He said the temperature is running stable(normal?)

So I am assuming just randomly.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
44,425
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My brother worked at apple and is handy with repairing and diagnosing it.

He was just letting me know that the fan is running high.
He was able to accuratly check the temperatures of it and the speed.
It was running at 4000rpm.
You can accurately check temps and fan speeds yourself, with iStat Pro.
 

Justinm408

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 13, 2011
12
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Stockton, Ca
I am on an older laptop. But he has my MCP.
So therefore, I cannot.


So it is running at 6k avg rpm

Just randomly.
The temperature is stable
 
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