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Controlling the fan in MacbookPro 13”-any practical tips about it, please?

9439 Views 19 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2010 8:39 AM by Cole Slaw RSS
  • vince730 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I use my MacBook on my bed, so I use a cooling fan underneath it but even then I find it typically gets too hot for my liking.

    I have used smcFanControl for a while now. Even just increasing the speed slightly seems to keep my system running much smoother. Haven't run into any problems with it.
    13" MacBook Pro Aluminum Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
    iStat is a little application to monitor various systems on your computer.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 10
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    Nov 1, 2010 2:51 PM (in response to oliviaps)

    I really need some help. Just last night, MiniStat2 (a long since gone widget, but still works well IHMO) prompted me with a warning that my processor had overheated. Whoa! Scared me. On Halloween even. I was running Windows 7 in Parallels mind you, but this had never happened before in the last two years of using Parallels.

    So today I installed smcFanControl, using the 2400RPM setting my processor is averaging 54-58C. Is that still a high temperature? I wasn't able to note the MiniStat warning temperature, but I will if it pops up again.

    However, I then noticed the Battery Icon said "service battery". I promptly took the battery out. Appears fine, no buldging. Guess I need a new one. Display shows 100% on battery lights sitting on my desk.

    Any help would be awesome.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2Ghz Intel Core Duo
  • Cole Slaw Calculating status...
    Although many people are saying in this forum that "Apple tested this and you don't want to mess with their settings". Their settings aren't keeping my computer cool enough to operate safely. Leaving it with "Apple's settings" while running a java program my computer allowed the internal temps to get up to 98 degree Celsius. That's 2 degrees away from boiling. I could feel the extreme heat through my keys on my keyboard. So I installed SMC fan control and when I run the Java apps I have and up the RPM's to 6500 and then it keeps it cool (55 - 65 degrees). I think this may be a serious problem I just have been putting off bringing my computer to the genius bar cause the apple store is probably the worst place to go in the mall in my city.
    Macbook Pro 15inch Core i7 2.66ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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