Overheating MBP2010

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ledzeppelin, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. ledzeppelin macrumors member


    Feb 14, 2010
    I used my MBP 6-2010 to play off thumb drive a video and it overheated so bad it took an hour to be able to boot back on.
    So is this normal because it is simply not powerful enough?...(video esp)

    thanks for reading...:confused:
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Did your Mac shut down? The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C, GPU Tjmax = 100C on i3, i5, i7 processors. (Source: Intel) If you're not already using it, 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.

    It is also quite normal for your Mac to become extremely hot to the touch during intensive operations. The aluminum body transfers heat more effectively than other materials used in computer casings, so you will feel the heat more. This doesn't indicate that it's overheating and will not harm the computer to be hot to the touch.

    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). iMacs have 3 fans with minimum speeds in the 800-1200 range. 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.)

    The intake and exhaust vents are in the back of the computer near the hinge on all Mac notebooks. The iMac vent is a slot on the back near the top of the computer. Make sure the vents remain unblocked to allow your computer to perform at its best.

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

    For Flash-related issues:
  3. huythanhv2 macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2010
    Hmm what was the video resolution, not really relevant though as yours should handle it just fine.

    I would suggest you to install smcFanControl. That software allows you to see and change how fast the computer fan should be. I have a friend who her computer fan just die so let's see if that's your problem as well =D
  4. ledzeppelin, Mar 19, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012

    ledzeppelin thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 14, 2010
    Well, I guess yes it did shut down...so here is what I remember...we paused it to go get some drink and came back and it would not do anything and I had it sitting on glass coffee table and plenty space and air room...it was locked up and eventually went into shutdown mode.
    I got it back on later after cooling down and saw where I had left iphoto pictures on and some other web pages etc.
    So ...


    I was using an adapter from video plug on MBP to HDMI cable to TV.
    I had to use audio from MBP doing this.
    Res was whatever it did without me adjusting it and I do not know what that is.
    But it looked good


    Oh and when my son came home next day I was telling him about what happened because it was his thumb drive with the House MD episodes and he said,
    What??...how much did you pay for that laptop? Is it a netbook or what?
    Needless to say I felt somewhat poorly about it.

    (He's not an Apple guy) <I grin, with me a bit embarrassed>

    Again my MBP is a mid 2010 model and as I am understanding thing from you guys replies is that it should be able to do this? Right?

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