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1034 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2007 3:28 AM by Retired Engineer RSS
Sean Meredith Calculating status...
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Jul 31, 2007 2:42 PM
I understand a MacBook Pro isn't a 'laptop'. If I even try it on my lap with a pillow in between, the pillow is hot in minutes. So, we've all given up on using it that way (unless you're a masochist or you've bought a special lap pad). So this isn't about that. I understand Apple warns us of the heat to be found in portable computers. I wouldn't mind if the screen, the bottom, the edges were all scorching, but not in those little patches of land left and right of the track pad. My new MacBook Pro is SO hot around where your wrists naturally wrest that it becomes very uncomfortable to use. I just got to try out a regular MacBook for a while and the difference is night and day. The black MacBook has no areas on the keyboard surface that get more than mildly warm.

I think I'm going to find out if people are getting the new FCP Suite to work okay on a MacBook and switch if it's feasible.
MacBook Pro 2.2, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Dana Higbee Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Jul 31, 2007 4:27 PM (in response to Sean Meredith)
    Interesting, and sorry you're having so much trouble. I just received the base model MacBook Pro, upgraded to the 160 gb 5400 rpm hard drive, and really hadn't noticed it being any hotter than my ancient iBook. I'd be interested in knowing the specs on your machine.
    MacBook Pro 2.2 ghz, PowerMac G5 2X2 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,405 points)
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    Jul 31, 2007 4:45 PM (in response to Dana Higbee)
    It also depends on your workload.

    If you're just web surfing and returning email, it's actually runs pretty cool.

    However, if you're watching videos, playing graphics-intensive games like World of Warcraft, etc., or doing other things that place a lot of processing or graphics demands on the system, it will heat up (though the fans should kick in pretty rapidly.)

    I can web surf for the full life of the battery each night and never have issues with it getting too hot.

    FCP studio, however, will put loads on your system that will keep it pretty toasty.
    Quad 2.5 GHz G5, 5 GB | 2.33 GHz MBP C2D 2 GB, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Jul 31, 2007 4:44 PM (in response to Dana Higbee)
    and really hadn't noticed it being any hotter than my ancient iBook

    Mainly because the MBPs do run pretty cool, even cooler than the G4, for general usage. However, when pushed to it's limit the MBPs have a higher top temperature. Final Cut Studio is far from easy on your hardware at the best of times.
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz 5GB/4x300GB/ATi X1900 XT/AE/BT/2xSD ; Dell 2405FPW, Mac OS X (10.4.10), MacBook Pro 15.4" C2D 2.2GHz 2GB/120GB ; Mac mini CD 1.66GHz 2GB/80GB/SD
  • fjp999 Calculating status...
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    Jul 31, 2007 5:51 PM (in response to Sean Meredith)
    Do you have the MBP directly on a pillow or on a stand and thats on a pillow?

    If the MBP is directly on a pillow then you are not getting good airflow.

    Also, do you have any temperature apps running? I have Temperature Monitor which sits on the menu bar. I also have iStat Pro which is a widget and shows a bunch of stats (as the name implies)...

    Good luck with the Genius bar.

    frank
    MacBookPro2.2 C2D 2.16 GHz, 2GB, 667 MHZ, changing to a MacBookPro3,1 2.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Retired Engineer Level 4 Level 4 (2,710 points)
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    Aug 1, 2007 3:49 AM (in response to Sean Meredith)
    The iStat pro widget will tell you the speed of both of the fans.
    According to my infrared thermometer the highest temperature to the left of my trackpad is 91.8 degrees F and to the right is 88.3 degrees F. The trackpad surface is at 91.4 degrees F.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 15", 2 GHZ Core Duo CPU, 2 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard Disk
  • ugocezar Calculating status...
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    Aug 1, 2007 8:08 PM (in response to Retired Engineer)
    Hi everyone!

    So did they repair or fix that heat problem?
    I have it as well, and try to find the best way to fix it.

    I do not use heavy applications.
    Mac Book Pro 17', Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Retired Engineer Level 4 Level 4 (2,710 points)
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    Aug 2, 2007 3:28 AM (in response to ugocezar)
    So did they repair or fix that heat problem?
    I have it as well, and try to find the best way to fix it.


    My MBP, purchased in April 2006, originally had the heat problem. It has never been sent in for repair. After one of the many updates that have been installed through Software Update the MBP started running cooler and has not had a heat problem since. I do not remember which update fixed it. I have installed all updates as they have been presented to me.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 15", 2 GHZ Core Duo CPU, 2 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard Disk

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