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White MacBook overheats when watching video

1420 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2013 3:52 PM by shldr2thewheel RSS
Marc D Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
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Jan 28, 2013 6:42 AM

I have a 2007 MacBook that developed a strange problem.  About a year ago I noticed it would crash when playing videos (i.e. YouTube).  I don't watch a lot of videos so it may have been an issue much longer, I'm not sure.   I would get a black screen with a white text message and I would have to restart by holding the power button.  I assumed it was flash or browser related, but the problem would happen with different browsers and different video sites (i.e. Vimeo, YouTube, etc). 

 

After some searching I realized it might be overheating.  I installed "Temperature Monitor" and indeed it would heat to >100F when playing videos.  I also installed "Fan Control" and started keeping the lid open when the MacBook is displaying on my 20" Apple monitor.  This identified the problem, but it would still happen.  So I opened it up and with compressed air blew out all the dust from any nooks and crannies including the fan area.  There wasn't much dust and the interior didn't look very dirty.  That effort made no real difference.

 

I now make sure to keep an eye on "Temprature Monitor" when I play a video and make sure to pause the video for a minute when the temp hits 90F.  Pausing the video will quickly drop the temp to around 60F and then I resume play.  Obviously, not a great solution, but it prevents crashing.  Any suggestions as to why this is happening and what else I might try?

 

Thanks!

 

 

MacBook2,1 (2007), 2.16 Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRAM, OSX 10.6.8 (build 10K549)

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