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Macbook Pro running way too hot!

by mattg106 / August 1, 2010 8:11 AM PDT

I have a Macbook Pro from February of this year and it is running way too hot. According to the Dashboard widget "istat" the "CPU A" temperature is 71 degrees. My fan is usually running at 6000 rpm and I'm not doing anything more than surfing the internet. What should I do? Is there something wrong with my laptop. I have it in a Speck plastic enclosure and i might try taking it off but you wouldn't think that would change anything, right? Please help before I burn myself Happy Thanks!

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first step,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 9:34 AM PDT

take it out of the enclosure
See what happens


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tested but...
by mattg106 / August 1, 2010 11:13 AM PDT
In reply to: first step,

thanks for replying! i took the enclosure off and continued to work for half an hour. before it was running at 4400 rpm and 76 degrees, afterwards not much difference (4300 rpm and 75 degrees). Are these normal temperatures or am I over reacting? I know if I touch the bottom or the upper left hand corner of the keyboard, it feels extremely warm. Any other ideas? Happy

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Not sure about the optimal temps for the MBP
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 9:56 PM PDT
In reply to: tested but...

but my iMac is currently running at 111F

I know that does not help much but 75, if it is F, sound quite low.

Make sure you have no vent holes covered or full of dust bunnies


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i wish!
by mattg106 / August 2, 2010 2:33 AM PDT

I wish it was in Fahrenheit, sorry I should of mentioned it's in Celsius, so in Fahrenheit it's about 168 degrees! Good suggestion, I'm going to try to use a laptop deck more often instead of occasionally having it on my lap where ventilation probably isn't best. Hope it works Happy

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