5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 25, 2007 10:14 AM by Dave Marsh
MrCaffeineX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently purchased a MacBook Pro 17" and I am currently running OS X Leopard with Boot Camp and Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 with the hard drive split down the middle.

For all of my PCs that I own and also any that I have built, the motherboards have come with software to monitor the temperature of various hardware components, primarily the processor, motherboard chipset and video card chipset. As I am somewhat new to the Mac and notebook world, I was wondering if there is any software available for the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros which offers this type of temperature monitoring both for the Mac and Windows sides?

MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5), Also running Windows XP Professional
  • 1. Re: Hardware Temperature Monitor
    Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
    There are some free ones out there like iStat Pro and CoreDuoTemp, but I personally use Hardware Monitor.

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  • 2. Re: Hardware Temperature Monitor
    MrCaffeineX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Those seem to be exactly what I'm looking for on the OS X side. Are there any that you can recommend which will perform a similar function on the Windows XP side?
  • 3. Re: Hardware Temperature Monitor
    jhartford6 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I think for XP there is one that's called "FanSpeed"
  • 4. Re: Hardware Temperature Monitor
    MrCaffeineX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    After searching for FanSpeed I found SpeedFan which is currently doing exactly what I was hoping on the Windows XP side. Running similar applications (email, messenger, web browsing) the temperatures are fairly consistent between the two sides so I'm operating under the assumption that they are both working correctly enough for my satisfaction.

    Thank you both for your answers,

    -MrCaffeineX
  • 5. Re: Hardware Temperature Monitor
    Dave Marsh Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    Hardware Monitor runs flawlessly on recent PPC Macs, but be aware of an issue with new Intel Macs.

    I recently purchased a new 2.8GHz iMac, and migrated my account/apps/data over from my old G5 Tower, which included a universal version of Hardware Monitor (version 4.3). After the migration, I found that I was having periodic freezes (5 minutes to 3 days), and following a virgin build of Leopard on another partition of that new iMac which NEVER froze, came to conclude I brought a software conflict/issue over from my old G5 Tower to my standard startup partition.

    I proceeded over the following weeks to do everything I could think of to narrow the issue down, then one night on these forums I noted another poster had reported a potential issue with Hardware Monitor. Since I was running out of ideas, and hated the idea of a complete rebuilt/reinstallation/reconfiguration of my system manually, I turned off Hardware Monitor on my new iMac. It ran flawlessly for the next four days, when I gave up testing and returned to normal use of my Mac.

    It's now been an additional five days, and my new iMac continues to function flawlessly. You may never notice the issue on a new portable, since they're typically shut down after a few hours of use. But if you plan to run it continuously on a desktop Mac, be aware this issue may affect you.