This MBP is HOT!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by PCtoMAC?, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. PCtoMAC? macrumors member

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    Hey guys

    So here is the deal, just got a 13'' MBP 4gb of RAM blah blah, anyway I am running some games though Windows XP using boot camp and this thing is hot enough to cook food on! The games are running well even when it is hot enough to reheat last nights dinner but I figure the cooler the better so my question is are there any setting/tips out there to make it run a little cooler?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Setmose macrumors regular

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    FanControl

    Download the utility "FanControl". It allows you to set a more linear ramp for how the fans come on as the MacBook Pro heats up. Apple seems to think that we prefer quiet over hot, so they keep the fans spinning low until 80-degrees centigrade and only then do they kick them in. "FanControl" is really worth it -- no risk to your hardware and you will run a bit cooler and probably preserve the component life quite a bit. If that isn't enough, find a notebook cooler pad on eBay. That will knock another 5-degrees off your peak temps. :apple:
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Grab yourself a good laptop cooler when you're running games on BC.

    Either that or dump your Book inside an ice chest and play there.. ;)
     
  4. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Games strain computers more than any other task, its normal for it to get really hot because the video "card" and CPU are being maxed out.
     
  5. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    Some info on my 'Cooktop'.

    Apple does not market their laptop computers as, well, er....laptops. Rather, they use the term "portable'. The big reason is the heat given off by them. I consider my 17" MBP a 'cooktop' because it can get to 170F+ deg running any video or cpu intensive apps like Fusion and mac-based video conversion software. The CPU and GPU get blazingly hot. So I run smcFancontrol, remove the battery when I am plugged into wall power and, if I am sitting at my desk at home, it has the battery out, cooktop flipped on its backside all to keep it cool.

    Great computer, but kinda stupid to have to do this, don't you think?
     
  6. PCtoMAC? thread starter macrumors member

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    It just seems to me that a few well placed vents in the unibody construction would help a lot.
     
  7. seisend macrumors 6502a

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    I got the Zalman Notebook Cooler ZM-NC2000 . <15" MacBooks (Pros) are working great on this. It is the best laptop cooling system I found on the internet.. Check it out. Makes my Laptop around 10 degrees cooler. But after all, I think the laptops are designed for this heats
     
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    17" is a bit on the non-portable side. But if Apple discontinues those, I'll bet there will be people complaining about that too. Just like FW ports, SATA, and other stuff. I consider my 13" MacBook and 15" uMBP to be very portable.
     
  9. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    Actually it is easy to lug around. The issue is HEAT. I can cook breakfast on the bastard! :eek:
     
  10. PCtoMAC? thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm at work at the moment so I can't try the program out but from what I am reading wont this only run in OS X? I need something that will run in XP.
     
  11. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Really? 170 deg F and you're complaining? The system can handle upto 220 deg F with no problems.

    Apple designed fail safes into the system's firmware so if overheating is detected, it will shut itself down. Your "feeling" of how hot it is does not mean the system is too hot.

    Taking the battery out locks your CPU into the lowest factor. Aka, 2.2GHz -> 800MHz.

    Just use the system and stop worrying. Thats what warranties' are for especially if this is a "defect".
     
  12. PCtoMAC? thread starter macrumors member

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    I am not really interested in what it can handle. I just want the thing to be more comfortable to use and last as long as it can and all I know is that over time heat destroys stuff so the cooler it is the longer the componants will last.

    Can anyone answer my question? Will that utility work in Windows XP?
     
  13. ayeying macrumors 601

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    To answer your question, that utility will work in XP. You just have to disable kbrmgr.exe to use it.

    Furthermore, by the time these hardware actually "fail" due to high heat, you've changed computers a lonnnngggg time ago.
     

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