Powerbook Heats a lot

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by abhijit_dixit, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. abhijit_dixit macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2004
    This is a real newbie question, but i couldn't find a similar thread.

    I recently switched from Windows to a PB 15 with SuperDrive. I've noticed that the powerbook gets hot quite a bit. It gets to a level where I defintely can't use it as a "lap"-top for a long period of time. Is this normal or is something wrong with my machine ?

    PB 15 1.5 Ghz 512 MB 80 GB
  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    it's been known to happen... so i don't think it's abnormal.

    apple decided to go for the look/design and also, instead of insulating the heat inside the computer to be spit out by the fan, use the entire computer casing as a large heat sink by making it out of aluminum... so it's not so much that PBs are hotter than other laptops, it's just that you can actually feel the heat...
  3. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    Well Apple don't sell laptops but instead notebooks for a reason, which you've just worked out.
  4. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
    Hot or Warm?

    I agree that the Powerbook can get quite warm, but it won't get extreem hot, don't take any risks if it gets too hot you should consult your retailer.
  5. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    It's normal for it to get to the point where it difficult to keep on your lap. If you keep it on your lap be sure to put a blanket on your lap first. If your using it as a desktop replacement try and prop the back of it up a little to keep the air flowing.
  6. manosira macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2004
    SOMA - S.F. - Cali
    Heat common

    I have both pc and mac labtops and they all heat up. This is a common thing. The Ti PB seems to heat up a little bit more on the wrist part, but I think they fixed that on the new AL models. Anways I heard a story about how a guy had a pc notebook on his lap and he burnt his little friend down there. So word of advice, if it starts to feel warm get it off your lap and use one of those notebook lap holders.
  7. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal

    The manual that comes with a powerbook says not to place it on a soft surface. Doing so, runs the risk of blocking the heat removal capabilities. Also, since a blanket is soft, it would tend to insulate and keep the heat in. This is a bad idea for your powerbook.
    As has been noted in other threads, keeping it directly on your lap for extended periods of time (even through clothes) can result in skin damage and burns. If you must use it in your lap, use a hard surface to allow airflow to remove heat and protect you. There are several small folding surfaces available.
  8. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    A good idea is to always keep airflow under the Powerbook. Prop the end by the screen up so there is space under it for air to flow, that keeps it from getting too hot.
  9. m.r.m. macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2003
    there are many laptop stands available, but a large book does the job as well.
  10. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Don't place it on a blanket. I know of 2 people that burned out their PC laptop's motherboard for doing that. It will overheat the laptop (mac or pc). As an experiment, try placing your laptop on your bed and wait for about 10 minutes. Notice the heat when you feel it after 10 minutes. Next place the laptop on a table and wait another 10 minutes. Notice that it feels cool again.
  11. hello world macrumors newbie

    hello world

    Apr 13, 2004
    Glad I read this thread.

    When I'm on the go, I often put my PB on top of my sleeve, rather than put that pristine aluminum case on some grimy surface. Looks like I'll have to just suck it up and put it down.
  12. bubbamac macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2003
    Yep, don't put it on a blanket, or any cloth. I use a Targus CoolPad, which may or may not help keep my 15" TiBook cool, but it does keep my lap cooler when it's there, and makes it easier to use on a desk. Also, it's thin, simple, durable, and easy to pack.

    And yes, it does get hot. Once in a while, I will take a 20 or 30 minute break, if I'm doing some processor intensive tasks, to let the TiBook cool off.
  13. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    the coolpad should help, it functions to help keep airflow under the computer even when its in use, which will make a difference.
    if you really really want to cool the computer down you can get a coolpad type pad with a built in usb powered fan. that'll cool it down.
  14. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    My tibook's wrist spots are usually always cool. What does get hot is the spot underneath under the processor. Titanium doesn't conduct the heat so it gets pretty hot under there.
  15. abhijit_dixit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2004
    Thanks a lot for the help folks. I was probably going to do the wrong thing (use a blanket), but I'll be more careful now.
  16. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    no reason to use sleeves - aluminum is very easy to clean :)
  17. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    When I use my Titanium Powerbook as a laptop, I usually just put the edges of the notebook on my legs. The real hot spot is a few inches in so I avoid it that way. Also, since there is nothing underneath the laptop it probably cools better.

    (By the way I run SETI on my powerbook, and even though the fan runs almost continuously I haven't had any hardware problems in the year and a half that I have had my powerbook.)

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