Mid 2010 Macbook Pro Overheating

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yabot, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. yabot macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    My mid 2010 13 inch macbook pro has never let me down, however recently is has been getting extremely hot.

    It's currently running at 81 degrees and im just on Chrome with a few other tabs open in Youtube and iTunes. The fans are on full whack.

    What could be the problem?

    It's due to be updated soon, maybe in the next 6 months i think, money depending.

  2. blackreplica macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    Close all tabs with youtube in it and see if it's any better
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  4. yabot thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    closed everything and its still soaring it actually cooled down when it was in the sun for abit even though it felt hotter, but now im back inside it's steadily climbing back up to 85....

    would a restart help?
  5. Doward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2013

    For comparison, I have Pandora playing, youtube open, and running my Windows XP Virtual Machine - my fans are @ 2250rpm, temperature is 55C.
  6. yabot thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    i normally tend to have a few things open, itunes, word, powerpoint among others nothing heavy, and usually runs around the same temp as yours, just literally over the last week its been blazing. ever since i cleaned out the fan funnily enough!! the irony...
  7. Doward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2013
    Download and install Intel Power Gadget

    Ensure your processor is clocking back down appropriately :)
  8. philosopherdog macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2008
    Probably a funky fan. It could even just be dirty. Take it to a Genius Bar and let them make a diagnosis. If it's a fan it should cost next to nothing to fix. But it could just be full of dust after 5 years that happens. You should clean out the fan on these things. If you don't eventually the heat will destroy the machine.
  9. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    1) Clean out the fans (they WILL be clogged up)

    2) Re-apply thermal paste

    Should be good as new :).
  10. yabot thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    After a restart it seems to be running cool, perhaps it had something to do with the uptime of 5 days, i also cleaned the fan out with some cotton buds, too afraid to take it apart...
  11. Alec124c41 macrumors newbie


    May 17, 2019
    I've just been through this.
    Remove the fan (3 screws) and blow it clean. Also blow out the little grill it blows through.
    You can't do this with a swab.
  12. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Next time open "activity monitor" and click CPU. See what process is using a lot of CPU.

    Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 8.19.48 PM.png

    Depending on the version of MacOS you can also click the battery in the menu bar to see Apps Using Significant Energy. That process and app will point you in the right direction.

    Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 8.19.23 PM.png

    Again depending on the version of OSX there are times background task will being doing a lot of work. Time Machine preparing a backup, or spotlight indexing for example. But there are other things that can be syncing or databasing information. All that stuff can add to the CPU's load.

    If a youtube video is playing right click the player and click "Stats for nerds".

    Chrome will likely be using WebM video potentially encoded with VP9.

    Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 7.57.30 PM.png

    Without getting technical this is 2019 media trying to play on 2010 equipment. BluRay disc in a DVD player /end terrible analogy.

    Depending on the specific video (video resolution, display resolution, color profile, on/off screen, etc etc) will determine how easy or hard its going to be for the CPU and thus how warm the CPU will get. I can get my 2018 MBP to peg out 100c playing 4k HDR videos on an external 4k HDR display.

    I believe your CPU (at least if its a "Core I" model) can support h264 video decoding (to an extent ie profile). All you would need to do to test it would be close Chrome completely, open Safari and try to watch the same video in youtube.

    Since Safari doesn't support WebM (VP8/VP9) Youtube will feed a AVC1 (h264) which is a video codec your hardware and software is better suited for. Your screen can't highlight the differences anyway.

    Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 8.04.23 PM.png
    (note this isn't the same video as above just showing what to look for)

    I would also suggest taking the back off your MacBook and just looking to see if there is duct built up. Its just removing a cover, if you aren't comfortable to do anything else at least you will know whether you should take it somewhere (professional or a techie friend/coworker) to get cleaned out.
  13. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Note that this is a six-year-old zombie thread, about a three-year old 2010 macbook PRo that the OP was hoping to replace in a few months (it's 2013, so time to move on.)
    It's likely that the OP has moved on by now. :cool:

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