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Djmx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Hey Everyone hope every1 is fine. i have a quick question. my macbook pro i bought it like a month ago and when i run a few programs or watch a movie or when it charges it gets Really HOT. is this normal? i heard the MBP's get pretty HOT but i' mnot sure can anyone pleas help me? Thanks!

Macbook Pro 2.16, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • 1. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    M. Mantovani Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same here, i bought it yesterday and tested for a lot of time in the evening. It become so hot under the case and on the upper face on the left of the keyboard. It become also extremely hot (untouchable!!) in the space between che keyboard and the lcd, where is located the airflow grid. I think it is a standard working temperature, hope if someone could confirm that.
    Regards.

    MacBook Pro 2.16 Core Duo   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   P4 3.6Ghz, XP Pro, Radeon X850PciExpr 512mb, 200gb SATA
  • 2. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    cpdmac Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Why didn't you do a search!!!! There is plenty of posts about this!!!
  • 3. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    M. Mantovani Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok, be quiet.
  • 4. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    jim68000 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi, yes generally the heat is "normal". Try installing iStat nano in your dashboard and checking the temperature setting. Mine tops out at 67 degrees centigrade. If it's over 70 degrees then you may have a problem (remember that's centigrade, not fahrenheit: if my my macbook ran at 70 degrees fahrenheit I'd be very very happy).

    A few other tips: never ever use your laptop as a laptop unless you like the smell of burning flesh. Running on batteries drops the CPU and lowers heat for a bit. And, like the Apple FAQ says, keep it on a surface that lets air get underneath. Something hard and flat is good.


    MacBook Pro   Mac OS X (10.4.7)  
  • 5. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    TexBG777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Djmx, If you have the 17" MBP they just released a new firmware via software update concerning the fan. Ever since I did the firmware my MBP seemed cooler. However, while its plugged into the AC it still gets a little hot because its charging the battery. but thats about it.
  • 6. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    Peter Moyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
    Make sure it is ventilated well. Having it on your lap or a soft surface like bedding is not good. These are actually made as portable desktop computers. Apple doesn't call them "laptops" anymore.
  • 7. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    tux0010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It will get hot under 2 circumstances:

    1) when charging battery
    2) when running intensive apps

    I normally run on battery and it runs very cool. Maybe if you set your power profile to "Better Energy Savings" when plugged in, it might run cooler.

    Hope that helps.
  • 8. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    petvas Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
    We ve had so many discussions about the heat issue. Why do you people dont do a search before you post???
  • 9. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    camhabib Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
    Chip's specs allow for it to reach 100C. Anything within that is normal. You have to remember that the majority of the heat isn't from the CPU but from a combination of all the other components in the computer. CPU temperature is not the best indication of case temperature.
  • 10. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    valend Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    stop lecturing people about doing searches. many users are new and are not familiar with these issues and don't want to bother doing a search. I have been there and done that myself. You should try to make people feel welcome here, not treat them like 5 year olds because they ask a question out of the blue.
  • 11. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    Djmx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks You GUYS!! yes. for ur info i did do a search. and yes i found info but i wanted other peoples infos. Thanks u guys the best. i bought an ilap runs a lil cooler and yes when it charges it was VERY HOT.. but i guess that is normal thx again Take care!


    ~ Dj
  • 12. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    bjsp Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I've had my MBP for about a month now - when i have it on my lap, i have to put a pillow between us to keep the heat down..

    Would placing the MBP on a ceramic tile help? i know it helps with the battery pack.
  • 13. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    thefunkymunky Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    My MBP runs at 50-60C when not doing much and 80-95C under load. I thought that this was normal. Some of you guys are saying that anything over 70C under load is bad.

    Having said that. My BT board has recently failed, maybe due to heat. This is my second MBP. Only had it four weeks.
  • 14. Re: MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?
    Psychic Level 3 Level 3 (615 points)
    What boggles me is that we're instructed not to place the MBP on any sort of cloth surface, as it could stifle the fans, yet it's the only way to tolerate having it rest on any part of my body. "Laptop" indeed. I sweat while using the thing, no joke.
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