Mid-2010 Macbook Pro Issues

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Stigy, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. Stigy macrumors newbie

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    About a year ago I bought a mid-2010 Macbook Pro from a friend as I wanted to do iOS development and had heard nothing but good things. She was upgrading to a Macbook Air so I figured why not.

    I upgraded the memory to 10GB (8GB in one DIMM and stock 2GB in the other) and put an SSD where the spinning disk used to be.

    I really only run Twitter, Chrome & Android Studio and my fans spin up really loudly. The laptop is always hot to the touch. I have been running smcFanControl (I believe this is the best software to monitor temp & fan speed) for a few days and notice that my temperature is always above 60*C and 2,600 - 2,800 rpm.

    I've opened the case and got rid of all the dust in the case. My only thought is so to remove the heatsink and reapply thermal paste to keep the temperature down.

    Are there any other diagnostics I can do to pinpoint this issue?
     
  2. Natzoo macrumors 65816

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    This is the MacBook Pro we talking about right?

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    You can see what app is using that stuff using activity monitor, or get istat menu, if you do get that, it kinda spams up your menu bar so you got to click don't show in menu bar, if you do get it keep sensors on the menu bar, memory on menu bar, and SSD on menu bar
     
  3. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    10 GB in a 2010 Macbook Pro? I'm calling B.S. here.
     
  4. Stigy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is the Macbook Pro I own:
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...o-2.4-aluminum-13-mid-2010-unibody-specs.html
     
  5. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    15" 2010 can do 8GB
    13" 2010 can do 16GB

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    I like macsfancontrol better. You're right. Could be a thermal paste issue, or maybe a process is running a little harder than it should. If it's new, then spotlight might be indexing your SSD.
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Unfortunately Chrome is rubbish on OSX


    Chrome is a resources hog, it is badly coded for OSX, and couple with some flash video it can really bog down a mac and cause the fans to spin up.

    Try using safari for the same workload and see if thats better, if so then its chrome.
     
  7. Stigy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Replaced thermal paste and the temperature has dropped significantly -- down at around 33° at idle.

    BUT, now my fans are spinning at 6k+ rpm at all times. Seems like the temperature sensor got messed up and is telling the fans to run on high at all times. Downloaded smcFanControl to try to control the fans and set MAX speed, but it seems that laptop is ignoring the commands.

    Any ideas / advice?

    Code:
    Matts-MacBook-Pro:Resources mattdonders$ ./smc -k F0Mx -w 3e40
    Matts-MacBook-Pro:Resources mattdonders$ ./smc -f
    Total fans in system: 1
    
    Fan #0:
        Fan ID       : Exhaust  
        Actual speed : 6944
        Minimum speed: 2000
        Maximum speed: 3984
        Safe speed   : 0
        Target speed : 2000
        Mode         : auto
    Matts-MacBook-Pro:Resources mattdonders$ ./smc -k F0Mx -w 3840
    Matts-MacBook-Pro:Resources mattdonders$ ./smc -f
    Total fans in system: 1
    
    Fan #0:
        Fan ID       : Exhaust  
        Actual speed : 6975
        Minimum speed: 2000
        Maximum speed: 3600
        Safe speed   : 0
        Target speed : 2000
        Mode         : auto
    Matts-MacBook-Pro:Resources mattdonders$ ./smc -v
    0.01
    
     

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