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Hi,

I have a MacBook 1.1 from 2006 and its fan is driving me crazy!
It's at 6200rpm almost constantly!
And no I haven't got a stuck print job, and my activity monitor is fine and my harddrive has tons of free space.
Please advice!

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In most cases totally normal...especially if you're:

- gaming (hard drive or internet based)
- playing videos (You Tube)
- doing anything that requires a lot of gpu resources

HTH,

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p.s. Warm/hot environmental temps will make things worse.

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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Right now, i'm just on this forum using Google Chrome and the fan is at 5700rpm. No games or anything o.O
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Didn't change anything, as soon as my mac booted up the fans went to 6000rpm...
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Right now, i'm just on this forum using Google Chrome and the fan is at 5700rpm. No games or anything o.O
Are you 100% sure (as you mentioned in your original post) when you check "activity monitor" nothing is running that shouldn't be or that you don't recognize?

Another possibility...as you know...you're MacBook 1,1 is around 5 years old (2006)...it's very very possible that your fan (and/or computer on the inside) is dirty!

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- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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I am indeed, and the fan has already been cleaned. I have no idea what it could be :S
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I am indeed, and the fan has already been cleaned. I have no idea what it could be :S
Did you disassemble the MacBook to clean the fan?

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- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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Yes, could it simply mean that I need a new fan?
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Yes, could it simply mean that I need a new fan?

Seems unlikely to me. Either your processor really is heating up - or the controller is malfunctioning. Is your computer feeling warmer than normal?

It's probably just time for a new computer - 5 years is a pretty good run.
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Ye, I'm pretty sure it's my processor and yeah it probably is time for a new computer, a huge shame that mac laptops aren't really affordable for students

Thanks for all the quick answers though, but if you come up with some other solution, please do make a new post
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If you look at the refurb store or online for used Macs - you may find a deal that fits your budget/requirements.

Just out of curiosity - have you brought up Activity Monitor to see if anything is running that's exercising the CPU?
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The only thing drawing cpu right now is google chrome and the activity monitor itself, and yes I'm looking online for refurbished apple laptops, however it's quite hard to find some close to Sweden, as I'm not sure that i'd trust shipping from outside of Europe at least.
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Ye, I'm pretty sure it's my processor and yeah it probably is time for a new computer, a huge shame that mac laptops aren't really affordable for students
I really wouldn't give up on the MacBook yet! We get questions about hot Mac laptops all the time (high fan rpms, high temps, etc.)...so we've been down this road many many many times.

In the vast majority of situations...one or more of the suggestions made so far usually resolve or explain why the MacBook is hot & fan running at high rpm's. Either:

- the computer really is still dirty
- there is something or "somethings" running in Activity Monitor that shouldn't be
- a demanding app. is running that is taxing the cpu or gpu

...or this is the rare situation where there is some sort of hardware failure. It's really hard to be 100% sure...since we cannot see the computer in person.

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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Could it be that I need to apply some new thermal paste to the processor?
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