Significant Overheating and no DVD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macuser21, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. macuser21 macrumors newbie

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    My MacBook Pro gets hot. Right now I have Safari, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and text edit open but I'm not doing anything strenuous on any of them. My CPU temperature is 124 F. My fans are running at 4000rpm, but only because I'm using smcFanControl. When I use firefox it gets even hotter.

    I bought my laptop in 2008. It's 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 GB 667 MHz SDRAM.

    My question is: this isn't normal, right? Is there anything I can do (other than getting it professionally looked at) to fix it?

    Also, on a probably unrelated note, the DVD player no longer burns or plays DVDs. Aside from buying a new one, is there anything I can do to fix it?

    Thanks in advance for any and all help!
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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  3. maril1111 macrumors 68000

    maril1111

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    #3

    Firstly you can cheaply max out the RAM to 4 GB 667 MHz SDRAM or unofficially even 6 GB.

    It sound normal that if you have those programms open it gets hot because Safari alone is CPU hungry and the others aren't better :/

    For the DVD problem you could buy an external usb DVD player such as this one http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+8x+External+USB+2.0+Double-Layer+DVD%26%23177%3BRW/CD-RW+Drive/9948348.p?skuId=9948348&ky=1whxm51gbOgORrn6M8JOUlLjDtR0yY7Rx&cmp=RMX&id=1218200372507 and use the guide http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20100208120847220

    Cheers
     
  4. plinden macrumors 68040

    plinden

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    124F is only 50˚C. That's not hot. Mine's at 77˚C (170F), fans at 2400rpm, but I'm doing quite a lot currently (Safari, Firefox, Eclipse, VMWare, Mail, iTunes). I don't have smcFanControl installed.
     
  5. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

    ouimetnick

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    124F is normal. Its hot if its in 180F or higher. Don't force the fans to high speed. You will wear them out quicker.
     
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    Hey thats not hot at all. When I'm playing RigaRods mine gets up to 90-100 C With just firefox open its at 40C, depending on what the temp in the room is. So you shouldn't be worried at all about 50C.
     

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