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macbook pro retina hot while sleep/charging

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jksgoh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 19, 2013 10:53 PM

I know there are a lot of posts about the rMBP getting hot, but I tried searching but couldnt find an answer specifically to my question.


my rMBP 15" runs fine, but i've just recently noticed that it can get really hot when i put it to sleep/close the screen and leave it charging. - it seems to be hottest on the underside on each side


As soon as i re open it fans turn on and it cools down within a few minutes.


Is this just a result of the batteries charging up quickly? and is it normal?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
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  • bajaboy Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 8:47 PM (in response to jksgoh)

    I just got home and picked up my computer off my desk and had the same issue. was charging while lid was closed in sleep mode. Computer was sitting in that state for 5-6 hours.


    the underside was HOT... since taking it off the charger 20mins later (now) its cool to the touch.


    just bought it too.

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to jksgoh)

    jksgoh wrote:


    That link didn't help at all.

    the links in that link doesn't go anywhere either - just seems to default to the apple support home page.


    And my question is specific to the retina macbook pro.


    I have notified the author of the "user tip" article.  Thank you for bringing this to my attention.


    Anyone else got any advice on this?


    If you are so concerend and you have Apple Care or are still under warranty, call tech support to take full advantage of your warranty before it runs out.  Make sure you get a case number. 

    Otherwise, take the computer to an Apple store or an AASP.  Whichever is more convenient for you.  Diagnostic testing is free!




  • JustanAlias4Me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 11:04 AM (in response to jksgoh)

    Exactly the same issue here, but it's intermittent.  I've no idea why it happens sometimes, or if there's something I'm doing to cause it. 


    Did you ever figure this out?

  • volkerhuls Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2013 8:26 AM (in response to JustanAlias4Me)

    I think it happens when the macbook doesn't actually go to sleep and is in a loop with an application that doesn't shut down. Mail is a prime candidate, especially when using IMAP. It has happened to me rarely on my MacBook Air, and I think this is what it was. It doesn't help that the MacBook can get quite warm when charging in the first place !

  • cbs20 Level 4 Level 4 (2,480 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 8:34 AM (in response to jksgoh)

    Try an SMC reset. Turn off Power Nap in the Energy Saver Settings. Let us know if this resolves your problem. It may be due to a process preventing the computer from sleeping. Go to Applications>Utilities>Console. Select All Messages and see if your computer is actually sleeping during that time.


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