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Skyskull Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Ok, I'm having problems with MacBook Pro overheating when I'm playing a game and the FPS drops very low, so does anybody know the best solution for this situation?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)

    What kind of games, and what MBP, and what do you define to be "overheating?"  I can play games like Half-Life 2, Bioshock and Portal 2 for hours without my machine becoming more than a little too warm for comfort on my lap, and without having the FPS drop at any point.

  • Skyskull Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm talking about StarCraft 2 and I got a mid 2010 MBP with a core i7 2.66 ghz nvidia geforce 330m and by overheating I mean I downloaded smcfancontrol and it shows 90degrees celsius with maximum fan speed

  • HollisterApple Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    A MacBook Pro is a "NoteBook" Not a Laptop, therefore should never be used on your Lap.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)

    I'm talking about StarCraft 2 and I got a mid 2010 MBP with a core i7 2.66 ghz nvidia geforce 330m and by overheating I mean I downloaded smcfancontrol and it shows 90degrees celsius with maximum fan speed

     

    I've got a similar machine:

     

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    As you can see, mine is actually not quite as fast as yours.  I don't play StarCraft, but don't have FPS problems with the games I do play.  I believe that 90° C is not an unusual temperature when running under a significant load, so that's not likely to be your problem.  Looks like most of the machines matching your description shipped with only 4 GB of RAM...  if you've only got 4 GB and are running Lion (as your profile indicates), that may have more to do with your problem.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)

    A MacBook Pro is a "NoteBook" Not a Laptop, therefore should never be used on your Lap.

     

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...  so everyone says.  That's crap.  I've been using MBPs almost exclusively on my lap for years.

  • HollisterApple Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Um? Everyone says? No, wrong, if you've read the MBP manual it says information all about that there. There are vents on the bottom of the MBP.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)

    if you've read the MBP manual it says information all about that there.

     

    Yes, I'm aware of that.  It's quite possible to use a MBP on your lap safely, and it's not helpful at all to tell anyone who mentions using a MBP on their lap that it's not a laptop.

     

    There are vents on the bottom of the MBP.

     

    No there aren't.  There are vents in the hinge.  Keep your bare legs away from the hinge area and you're fine.

  • HollisterApple Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Treat your Apple products good or you'll regret it that's all i'm saying.

  • TheDave413 Level 3 Level 3 (995 points)

    Newegg has a big selection of cooling pads to increase airflow under a laptop.

     

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007639%2060002883 4&IsNodeId=1&name=Cooler

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)

    Yeah, okay, so I'm going to break my MBP by using it on my lap?  /___sbsstatic___/migration-images/162/16204317-1.gif I think not.

     

    This has nothing whatsoever to do with Skyskull's problem.

  • HollisterApple Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Why don't you calm yourself down? I'm just going by the manual.

     

    *sips tea...*

  • Skyskull Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh and by the way, 2 weeks ago I bought a logitech cooling pad n120 and did no good, I'm not saying that it isn't a good cooling pad, but it doesn't solve the problem

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)

    Did you check your RAM?  Here's a test to try: open Activity Monitor, go to the System Memory tab and compare page outs to page ins.  If page outs is 10% or more of page ins after you've been playing StarCraft, you need more RAM, and that's likely to be at least a part of the problem.

  • nramos03 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Cooling pads will not work as there are no ports to remove hot air on the bottom of the laptop. The only vents on the macbook/macbook pro line are in the back side of the computer. As there are no cooling pads that have functions to suck hot air/flow cold air to that specific vent, all conventional cooling pads are useless. the most you will do with normal cooling pads/gaming colling pads, is possibly lower external temperature by 2 degrees at the most.  unless you manage a way to function the computer without a bottom case, use a desk that has a built in liquid nitrogen colling spot, or drill holes into the bottom of your laptop, cooling pads are useless for macbook pros.

     

    sorry to tell you this, but trust me, i've gone through this with many people and genius' and 1800 apple reps.

     

    best advice, use your laptop in a well ventilated area and air out your vents with dust spray cans regularly.

     

    oh and do not use on your lap. dust is composed of fibers, skin and other foreign objects.  using it on your bed, your clothes, etc increases the chance of dust build up inside your computer.  use on a solid surface. Glass desks (like i have) are able to disipate the heat best IMO.

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