Vmare running really hot!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by fud122, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. fud122 macrumors member

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    I'm using my Vista 64 bootcamp partition under Fusion (v2) as well and anytime I run Vista from Fusion my laptop temperatures soar to around 84-85 C and stay around those values even after Vista has finished loading up etc... (the lowest I've seen it drop to is 77). I'm using the power saving 9400 graphics card and I gave 1GB of Ram to Fusion and 1 virutal processor.

    Under normal usage of OS X (with the 9400 graphics card) my temps stay between 45-55 C. So are these normal temperatures that I'm experiencing with Fusion? What can I do to make these lower? Thanks.

    1st gen unibody MBP
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    There is Fan Control and SMC Fan Control to adjust the fan speeds automatically or by presets.

    As you might noticed via Activity Monitor (don't forget to Show All Processes), VM Ware Fusion needs a lot of CPU, which draws power, which generates heat.
    The fans could cool that down.
     
  3. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

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    why dont you try using x86 vista? x64 seems like alot for a VM to run...without high temperatures
     
  4. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    Another way to keep the cooktop,er, Laptop cool...

    I own a 17" MBP and I run VMaware's Fusion all the time. Does the cooktop/laptop get hotter than normal, what ever THAT is? Yes. Somewhere on this board it was recommended that if you are running on wall power and not the battery, then a GREAT way to lower the temperature of the cooktop is to remove the battery. Since I own a 1 year old MPB, this is do-able and it drops the cooktop's temp a bunch. Yes, I do use fan control software but the latest patch from Apple for this edition of the MBP has the fan spinning faster as well. Probably this is due to the NVidia 8600 GPU in the cooktop.

    :eek:
     
  5. fud122 thread starter macrumors member

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    I do have SMC Fan Control running the fans on high rpm during vmware fusion and even with all that those temperatures remain...if the fans weren't running at maximum then the temperatures would have gotten even higher.

    I use Vista 64 to take advantage of the ram I have because I use some demanding Windows only applications and I don't really want to install another Windows (x86) just for virtual mode when I need to do something quickly in Windows. I like having just one Windows OS but if this keeps up then I guess I will have to install XP for when I need to access Windows quickly (it's a hassle to boot up into Windows each time I need to do something).
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    What about giving Fusion/Windows XP more RAM and the second virtual processor?

    And have you looked at Activity Monitor, or even Windows' Task Manager to see what process(es) might hog up the CPU?
     
  7. fud122 thread starter macrumors member

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    I upped the ram to 2GB and allowed it to use 2 processors but the temperatures remain high. When I look under Activity monitor vmware is always running at around 40% cpu usage (when Windows is idle) and sometimes goes up 70-80% if I do work inside Windows.
     

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