Temp ranges for a MacBook

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Otto Pylot, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. Otto Pylot

    Otto Pylot Guest

    I have a 13" MacBook that I purchased last August. Lately it's been
    running real hot. So hot, that after awhile, I can't hold in on my lap
    because it gets uncomfortable. Initially, I didn't notice any problems
    but last night Mail and Word wouldn't close. I had to force quit. I've
    dl'd Temperature Monitor and most of the temps that it monitors are
    running around 56C. Before I call Apple I'd like to at least know what
    the operating range is for the various sensors. Thanks.
    Otto Pylot, Aug 1, 2009
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  2. Otto Pylot

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Mine runs at 51-53C most of the time, but it can soar to over 90C if I
    push it hard, such as loads of Raw edits in iPhoto or Aperture, or a
    high graphics game. I'm not too surprised, as the GPU shares stuff with
    the main system, so can load it all quite highly.

    I have a 2.2GHz with the GMA X3100 graphics. Even loading it with max
    RAM didn't help.

    I did find that lifting off the top panel and clearing out the dust from
    the fan and cooler helps a bit. I did this a couple of weeks ago, and it
    did drop the normal running temp a couple of degrees. That takes about
    10-15 minutes to do, but make sure you don't have any warranty to void -
    there's a few small screws to undo). I got away with using a vacuum
    cleaning (very carefully), but I think the concensus is to use a
    compressed air canister.

    I use iStatPro menus to monitor the temps, and other stuff. And, very
    weird, it's showing only 44C as I type this.
    Andy Hewitt, Aug 1, 2009
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  3. Otto Pylot

    Otto Pylot Guest

    Thanks for iSlayer. Very nice. It records my Airport card as 151F.
    Seems hot to me but I guess that's "normal" ?
    Otto Pylot, Aug 1, 2009
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