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General Maintaince for a MacBook Pro

by Kooler1 / July 3, 2011 10:35 PM PDT

I have a MBP about 6 months old that I recently figure out why it is getting so hot and the fans turn off, usually when I am watching some videos online. Like a news video on It used to get hot (the underside) but not this hot so since I could not get advice on the apple forums (I am not even sure what happened to the old Apple Forums). what happens is the fans shut down and I turn the machine off too worried to see what will happen next. I do know where I teach has a lot of dust and lint and I can just imagine how the inside needs to be cleaned out with compressed air. is this something the genius bar needs to take care of, will they if I bring it in, or can I do it on my own with greet care?

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The video's at CBS are all FLASH files
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 3, 2011 11:35 PM PDT

and Flash on a Mac will cause your machine to get really hot.
However, the fans should not go off when that happens. Given that the machine is still under warranty, take it to an Apple store and tell them about your problem.

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by Kooler1 / July 4, 2011 1:07 AM PDT

I would like to clarify some things. I have been watching videos from CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ect. since I fist took this MBP home. I understand Flash causes a Mac to get hot. I agree with this, but this "hot" is different. Remember, I am not contradicting you, just trying to clarify some things I said that might help you help me. I appreciate your willingness to help. I have taken the Mac to the Genius bar and they wanted the situation duplicated, which was impossible because although it gets very hot, the fans stop and the notebook turns off, which all takes time.

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As I mentioned in my post,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: mrmacfixit

this machine needs to go back to Apple to be seriously looked at.

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by Kooler1 / July 5, 2011 9:58 AM PDT

that is why I wanted to clarify some things. You mention compressed air in the first reply to my post but omit it your 2nd reply to my post. any particular reason why you mention to use compressed air and then omit it in your second reply?

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Having mentioned compressed air in my first post,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 5, 2011 10:11 AM PDT
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I didn't see any reason to mention it in my second.

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mr macfixit
by Kooler1 / July 9, 2011 8:26 AM PDT

I would like to get Onyx from Apple. I read in the new Apple Support communities under "Onyx" that there appears to be various names or versions of Onyx. Do you know what version or program of Onyx I should look into for the MacBook Pro?

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I does not matter where you get Onyx from
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 9, 2011 8:59 AM PDT
In reply to: mr macfixit

here is a decent suggestion:

Let the Hard Drives sleep when possible. The system will wake them if needed

If you run the Onyx routine, you will not need to stop the machine from sleeping, the same CRON jobs that Unix uses are in Onyx


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