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  • 60. Re: MacBook Air i5 fan & Thunderbolt Display
    kylea311 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Elevating the MBP 13 on lego blocks (until I get a stand) made the noise go down to slight humming. Having the TBD with its sensitive mic next to the noisy MBP made skyping impossible.. People on the other line thought I had a real noisy fan..

    **** Genius boys should be reading these forums..

     

    Now the fan is down to 3295...

  • 61. Re: MacBook Air i5 fan & Thunderbolt Display
    Bad1985 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem.

    There isn't a solution?

  • 62. Re: MacBook Air i5 fan & Thunderbolt Display
    capteeou Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a 2011 13inch Macbook Air and have the same fan issues when running Windows 8 in Bootcamp.  The fan stays quiet or off most of the time.  The thing that always sets it off is watching Youtube videos fullscreen.  The same thing happens when running in Moutain Lion.

  • 63. Re: MacBook Air i5 fan & Thunderbolt Display
    posthocergopropterhoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Resetting the smc seems to do the trick if the fan goes on interminably.  However , any strain on the processors (a vm) or on graphics (video on thunderbolt even on a reduced window) seems to start it up.  Since resetting the smc though it quickly stops if that process is quiesced for any reason.

  • 64. Re: MacBook Air i5 fan & Thunderbolt Display
    mattsa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For anyone else who has been experiencing this issue I just wanted to report that upgrading to Mavericks (10.9.0) has resolved this for me. My fan used to crank up after just a few minutes of being connected to the Thunderbolt display & now it appears to run much cooler unless I'm doing something that is actively exercising the CPU (compiling, etc).

     

    Hope this helps!

  • 65. Re: MacBook Air i5 fan & Thunderbolt Display
    Jo Hauser Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    I have suffered with a noisy fan for the past two years whenever I plugged into my Thunderbold display.  I have finally solved the problem.  I sold my MacBook Air to a friend who does not have a thunderbolt display. She is happy as her the fan never starts up.  I bought a new MacBook Air - the G7 with 8 gigabytes of RAM.  Now my computer is silent all the time.  There is nothing I can do to get the fan to start up when I'm plugged into my Thunderbolt display.  It doesn't matter how many apps I have open my computer stays silent.

     

    Apple has not been helpful in solving my problem.  Initially the the staff of my local mac store denied it was a problem.  They told me my computer was fine and the fan was supposed to come on to cool my computer.  When I went to buy my new computer I asked whether I would have a problem with the fan.  They told my that a new computer would not solve my problem.  I asked the salesperson to check with the "genius" and he confirmed that more power (the G7 chip) and more RAM (8 gigabytes) were unilkely to make a difference in the fan noise.

     

    Well Apple was wrong.  I have a beautifully silent computer when I'm plugged into my Thunderbolt.  It was an expensive solution but I'm happy. Apple needs to give it's head a shake on this issue.

     

    Jo Hauser

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