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loud fan, hot mac

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MagdalenaWrz Calculating status...
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Feb 15, 2013 9:22 AM

Hi,

 

I am new to Macs, got Mac Air last summer (2012) and half a year into using it, it froze. When I restarted it, the fan is super loud. In addition, I am pretty sure the mac itself shouldn't be as hot as it gets. I am in a middle of writing my thesis, so I can't send it out for fixing just now- but do please let me know if I can do anything myself to help. Thank you! Magdalena

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.5), bought summer 2012
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,085 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 9:42 AM (in response to MagdalenaWrz)

    Perform an SMC reset. Read all the steps.


    Before Resetting the SMC

     

    Try each of the following steps in this order before you reset the SMC. Test the issue after completing each troubleshooting step to determine if the issue still occurs.

     

    1. Press Command + Option + Escape to force quit any application that is not responding.
    2. Put your Mac to sleep by choosing the Apple () menu from the upper-left menu bar and then choosing Sleep. Wake the computer after it has gone to sleep.
    3. Restart your Mac by choosing the Apple () menu from the upper-left menu bar and then choosing Restart.
    4. Shut down your Mac by choosing the Apple () menu from the upper-left menu bar and then choosing Shut Down.

     

    Resetting the SMC on portables with a battery you should not remove on your own

     

    1. Shut down the computer.
    2. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if it's not already connected.
    3. On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.
    4. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.
    5. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
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