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MacBook Air Overheating

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  • ExcaliburZ Calculating status...
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    Nov 15, 2009 1:14 AM (in response to makrhod)
    maybe there is to much dust in the computer or the fan or heat sink is going bad.
    MBA 1st Gen, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPod Touch 2nd Gen
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    Nov 15, 2009 3:20 AM (in response to ExcaliburZ)
    Thank you for the suggestions. Dust is not a problem, but I don't know what you mean by "heat sink is going bad."?
    I posted the stats in an earlier post, showing "Heatsink A 63C". Is that bad?
    Macbook Air 1.6 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
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    Nov 16, 2009 2:10 AM (in response to makrhod)
    I like many on this forum have APPLE written through me like a stick of rock. That said the MBA is a complete duffer. The best thing you can do with it is get it on ebay and flog it off. The heat problem makes the thing practically unusable for anything other than emails and for me that is no where near enough.

    I am an early adopter of technology and I have to put buying the MBA down to experience. I would rather trade in the weight of a MBP as against the MBA just so I can have a computer that works (which is what I plan to do, not an easy decision as I travel a lot).

    I am sorry to say to all those folk on here that there is really nothing you can do about the heat problems, its there to stay. Apple no doubt would call it a design feature to keep the legs warm of those folks in colder climes!!
    iMac 24" 2.8Ghz, 500GB HD and 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 1st Gen MBA, Leapord, Ipod Touch, Apple TV, AE BS
  • ExcaliburZ Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 16, 2009 2:39 AM (in response to Rockmed)
    Mine does everything I need it to do without overheating except streaming video and I know not to run it long enough to make it shutdown. It is not that the Air cannot do the things people need but people want to to do things it was not designed for because they believe any computer can and should do anything. These are the same people who get mad at net-books because they can't run CS3 or any other professional program.
    Does anyone really think Apple would put out a product that was that seriously flawed?
    MBA 1st Gen, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPod Touch 2nd Gen
  • makrhod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2009 5:00 AM (in response to ExcaliburZ)
    {quote:title=ExcaliburZ wrote:}people want to to do things it was not designed for because they believe any computer can and should do anything. {quote}

    Well, that is a rather unhelpful generalisation that has nothing to do with my situation.
    I have already explained that my MBA overheats when the only application open is Safari. I don't think it is unreasonable of me to "believe" my laptop should allow me to surf the net (no videos, no downloading movies/music, just normal browsing) without becoming too hot to touch!
    Macbook Air 1.6 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
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    Nov 16, 2009 4:22 PM (in response to ExcaliburZ)
    ExcaliburZ wrote:
    Mine does everything I need it to do without overheating except streaming video and I know not to run it long enough to make it shutdown.


    I would expect a modern computer to be able to show streaming video. In fact, one point of the AIR is exactly that contents is online, so you don't need a DVD player etc.

    Does anyone really think Apple would put out a product that was that seriously flawed?


    On my computer, I cannot run Safari (no videos, just open news sites) and Time Machine backup simultaneously. If I do, kernel_task shoots up to 150%, and everything slows down to a crawl. That is in a cool airconditioned office. I would call that seriously flawed. Clearly, that is not true for every MBA, but there is a certain quite high percentage that have the problem, presumable because Apple designed a marginal cooling system.
    MacBook Air 1.6/HDD, Mac OS X (10.5.6), MacBook (10.4.11) iPhone 2G Dell Windows Vista
  • stoleyourbike Calculating status...
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    Nov 17, 2009 3:49 AM (in response to ExcaliburZ)
    I'm sorry but this is nuts. A cruddy Dell laptop that I bought for a third of the price of my MBA can handle streaming video without any problems, so what is the MBA's excuse?

    People who pay $2K+ for a computer have a reasonable expectation of being able to watch a little Youtube. Many owners of Rev. A MBA have been disappointed.
    Macbook Air 1.6 GHz Rev. A, Mac OS X (10.6.1), ?
  • ExcaliburZ Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 18, 2009 1:01 AM (in response to makrhod)
    "Well, that is a rather unhelpful generalisation that has nothing to do with my situation."
    Jason Ingram says your computer is a dud and there is nothing you can do to fix it and you are complaining about me defending your product. Yes my statement does not apply to your computer because there is something seriously wrong with your MBA. Since nothing else works, it needs to be serviced and/or replaced.
    MBA 1st Gen, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPod Touch 2nd Gen
  • ExcaliburZ Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 18, 2009 1:03 AM (in response to stoleyourbike)
    "A cruddy Dell laptop that I bought for a third of the price of my MBA can handle streaming video without any problems, so what is the MBA's excuse?"

    The Dell is not the second smallest laptop on the market.
    MBA 1st Gen, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPod Touch 2nd Gen
  • ahostmadsen Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Nov 18, 2009 7:57 AM (in response to ExcaliburZ)
    ExcaliburZ wrote:
    Since nothing else works, it needs to be serviced and/or replaced.


    The issue is that I have never heard of anybody receiving a successful repair for this problem. Since it is a relatively common problem, Apple should have a standard procedure/test to deal with the problem, i.e., if a certain standard test shows this is a computer affected by the problem, repair/replace. However, generally it seems people are first met with denial of the problem, and then a repair that does nothing.
    MacBook Air 1.6/HDD, Mac OS X (10.5.6), MacBook (10.4.11) iPhone 2G Dell Windows Vista
  • Euka Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2009 12:49 PM (in response to Rockmed)
    Hi, the real solution for my problems while just surfing the web, its CLICKTOFLASH.
    It's free, and solved my problems of overheating and fans running crazi.
    Now no one time hot, no one time fans runnig.

    Hope it works for you.
    MBA, iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
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