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I have a 15 inch MacBook Pro from 2006 IIRC. It has been working fine until recently.

In the last month three things happened, which may or may not be related.
1) My power adapter died. At the local Mac store they supplied me with a new one that has a smaller adapter box than the old one. (the new adapter is 85w)
2) I bought Starcraft 2 for myself. The computer has the minimum requirements of ram and video card.
3) When I normally use the computer is gets VERY hot, but still functions properly. When I play SC, it gets very hot, and after a short while it shuts down with no warning. I can restart it immediately, but if I turn on SC, it will shut down in minutes. In order to cool the computer I have put it in the refrigerator, which helps, but not for very long. The only "lasting" solution I have found thusfar is to put an icepack under the computer which keeps it cool for a while, but once it melts, if I do not replace it, the computer will shut down again.

Am I doing something wrong? Does it have to do with the different power adapter? Please do not tell me that I have to stop playing Starcraft because I might cry if you do. Help?
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Any computer from 2006 probably has a nice build up of dust and dirt inside especially around the fans preventing it from cooling properly. They may in fact be clogged and not working right. Take the machine apart and give it a good cleaning. But of course be careful.

For take apart instructions and the location of the fans and vents, go to iFixit: The free repair manual and look up their step by step procedure.

Do not continue to use the machine to play Starcraft and let it overheat as that can destroy vital components leading to complete failure.
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I looked on ifixit, but cannot find a manual for cleaning the vents.
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Look for the take apart instructions to get inside the computer, not just cleaning the vents. You can use the same instructions for changing the fans as that will show how to get inside the machine.
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