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MBP GETS TOO HOT..NORMAL?

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Djmx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jul 6, 2006 1:02 AM
Hey Everyone hope every1 is fine. i have a quick question. my macbook pro i bought it like a month ago and when i run a few programs or watch a movie or when it charges it gets Really HOT. is this normal? i heard the MBP's get pretty HOT but i' mnot sure can anyone pleas help me? Thanks!
Macbook Pro 2.16, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • M. Mantovani Calculating status...
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    Jul 6, 2006 1:28 AM (in response to Djmx)
    Same here, i bought it yesterday and tested for a lot of time in the evening. It become so hot under the case and on the upper face on the left of the keyboard. It become also extremely hot (untouchable!!) in the space between che keyboard and the lcd, where is located the airflow grid. I think it is a standard working temperature, hope if someone could confirm that.
    Regards.

    MacBook Pro 2.16 Core Duo   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   P4 3.6Ghz, XP Pro, Radeon X850PciExpr 512mb, 200gb SATA
  • cpdmac Calculating status...
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    Jul 6, 2006 1:32 AM (in response to Djmx)
    Why didn't you do a search!!!! There is plenty of posts about this!!!
    MacbookPro 2.0GHz 1GB 100GB 5200rpm, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • M. Mantovani Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 6, 2006 3:14 AM (in response to cpdmac)
    Ok, be quiet.
    MacBook Pro 2.16 Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.7), \\\ P4 3.6Ghz, XP Pro, Radeon X850PciExpr 512mb, 200gb SATA
  • jim68000 Calculating status...
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    Jul 6, 2006 4:02 AM (in response to Djmx)
    Hi, yes generally the heat is "normal". Try installing iStat nano in your dashboard and checking the temperature setting. Mine tops out at 67 degrees centigrade. If it's over 70 degrees then you may have a problem (remember that's centigrade, not fahrenheit: if my my macbook ran at 70 degrees fahrenheit I'd be very very happy).

    A few other tips: never ever use your laptop as a laptop unless you like the smell of burning flesh. Running on batteries drops the CPU and lowers heat for a bit. And, like the Apple FAQ says, keep it on a surface that lets air get underneath. Something hard and flat is good.


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  • TexBG777 Calculating status...
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    Jul 7, 2006 10:32 AM (in response to Djmx)
    Djmx, If you have the 17" MBP they just released a new firmware via software update concerning the fan. Ever since I did the firmware my MBP seemed cooler. However, while its plugged into the AC it still gets a little hot because its charging the battery. but thats about it.
    Macbook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Peter Moyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
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    Jul 7, 2006 10:35 AM (in response to TexBG777)
    Make sure it is ventilated well. Having it on your lap or a soft surface like bedding is not good. These are actually made as portable desktop computers. Apple doesn't call them "laptops" anymore.
    MacBookPro 2.0 iBook G3 700 iPod Photo 30g, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • tux0010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 7, 2006 10:40 AM (in response to Peter Moyer)
    It will get hot under 2 circumstances:

    1) when charging battery
    2) when running intensive apps

    I normally run on battery and it runs very cool. Maybe if you set your power profile to "Better Energy Savings" when plugged in, it might run cooler.

    Hope that helps.
    Macbook Pro 15" 2.16, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • petvas Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Jul 7, 2006 3:04 PM (in response to tux0010)
    We ve had so many discussions about the heat issue. Why do you people dont do a search before you post???
    iMac 17" Intel 1.5GB RAM - 15" Macbook Pro Intel 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • camhabib Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
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    Jul 7, 2006 3:16 PM (in response to petvas)
    Chip's specs allow for it to reach 100C. Anything within that is normal. You have to remember that the majority of the heat isn't from the CPU but from a combination of all the other components in the computer. CPU temperature is not the best indication of case temperature.
    Mac OS X (10.4.7), MacBook Pro 15" (2.16GHz 100GB 7200RPM)
  • valend Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Jul 9, 2006 9:46 PM (in response to petvas)
    stop lecturing people about doing searches. many users are new and are not familiar with these issues and don't want to bother doing a search. I have been there and done that myself. You should try to make people feel welcome here, not treat them like 5 year olds because they ask a question out of the blue.
    MacBook Pro 15" 2.16GHZ, 2GB & MacBook, Black, 2GHZ, 1GB, Mac OS X (10.4.7), iPOD 60GB, iPOD 30GB, & 2 eMachine Desktops
  • bjsp Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2006 2:03 AM (in response to Djmx)
    I've had my MBP for about a month now - when i have it on my lap, i have to put a pillow between us to keep the heat down..

    Would placing the MBP on a ceramic tile help? i know it helps with the battery pack.
    Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • thefunkymunky Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Jul 12, 2006 2:20 AM (in response to Djmx)
    My MBP runs at 50-60C when not doing much and 80-95C under load. I thought that this was normal. Some of you guys are saying that anything over 70C under load is bad.

    Having said that. My BT board has recently failed, maybe due to heat. This is my second MBP. Only had it four weeks.
    MBP - 15.4/2.0GHz Intel CD/2GB RAM/100GB SATA HDD/X1600 256MB/SD, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Psychic Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2006 4:52 AM (in response to Djmx)
    What boggles me is that we're instructed not to place the MBP on any sort of cloth surface, as it could stifle the fans, yet it's the only way to tolerate having it rest on any part of my body. "Laptop" indeed. I sweat while using the thing, no joke.
    MBP Rev. A, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
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