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    Macbook Overheating Solution?
    Hi everyone,

    When I use my Macbook for the long time (more than 2 hours), it generates heat and it is very hot, so that when I touch my finger on my Macbook (left side of the Macbook), it hurts my finger.

    I think the temperature is about 60-70 Celcius.

    Is there any method to decrease the temperature of the Macbook by using a cooler like most notebook does?

    Also, I notice that my Macbook do not use a cooling fan, please cmiiw.

    I check it by seeing the bottom part of my Macbook.

    Note that this is my second Macbook after my first Macbook is totally dead.

    Thank you

    Me

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    That is not overheating. As I write this, mine is 64 degrees C. Fans haven't even come on and yes, all three of my MacBooks have fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpuppies3 View Post
    That is not overheating. As I write this, mine is 64 degrees C. Fans haven't even come on and yes, all three of my MacBooks have fans.
    If it is not called by the overheat, may I know what it called?

    Also, can you please tell me where the location/position of the Macbook fans is?

    Because when I see the bottom part of my Macbook, I was not able to find any fans because everything is closed by the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mekmek View Post
    If it is not called by the overheat, may I know what it called?
    It's called a warm MacBook...what else would it be called???

    60-70 C is not really abnormal...we get folks with temps of 80C, 90C, and higher.

    Quote Originally Posted by mekmek View Post
    Also, can you please tell me where the location/position of the Macbook fans is?

    Because when I see the bottom part of my Macbook, I was not able to find any fans because everything is closed by the case.
    The fan is inside the computer...you cannot see it without taking the computer apart.

    Also...your computer cannot be getting that hot...since if it was REALLY getting HOT...you would be able to hear the fan running at high rpm's (it's VERY obvious...you wouldn't be able to miss it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Also...your computer cannot be getting that hot...since if it was REALLY getting HOT...you would be able to hear the fan running at high rpm's (it's VERY obvious...you wouldn't be able to miss it).

    - Nick
    Why you are not believe me?

    I am saying the truth.

    I do not measure it (the temperature) using any equipment or a help of software.

    I just guessing it because when I hold my hand on the surface, it hurts my hand.

    It is not on the left side of my Macbook but the entire surface around the keyboard.

    Also, I was not able to hear anything related to the fans.

    Please trust me.

    Btw, my Macbook is not the Pro one.

    Like I was said, this is my second Macbook.

    My first Macbook is totally dead.

    The serviceman said the motherboard is dead.

    So, I am afraid it will happened again to my current Macbook.

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    You can look at iFixit for fan location. Depending on your MacBook the one or two fans are located at the back of the Mac behind the vent that runs along the base of the screen.

    If a particular are of your Mac is getting hot it will correspond to the CPU, GPU or hard disk.

    I suspect all is 'normal' as you've been advised but open up Activity Monitor and ssort on CPU usage and see if something is heavily using the processor.
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    It's called a warm MacBook...what else would it be called???

    60-70 C is not really abnormal...we get folks with temps of 80C, 90C, and higher.



    The fan is inside the computer...you cannot see it without taking the computer apart.

    Also...your computer cannot be getting that hot...since if it was REALLY getting HOT...you would be able to hear the fan running at high rpm's (it's VERY obvious...you wouldn't be able to miss it).

    - Nick
    Lol, I think the OP doesn't mean "called" but "caused".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibanezi View Post
    Lol, I think the OP doesn't mean "called" but "caused".
    You may very well be right...and that certainly would make a difference in the meaning of the OP's post...and how folks respond to it!

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    I am sorry very much because actually my Macbook is the Pro one.

    The previous is also the Pro one.

    However, it is neither using a graphic card nor retina display.

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    Is it possible the OP's MacBook is running hot because his fans are not turning on?

    He says he's estimating the temperature, not measuring it with, for instance, iStat.

    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrk View Post
    Is it possible the OP's MacBook is running hot because his fans are not turning on?

    He says he's estimating the temperature, not measuring it with, for instance, iStat.

    Just a thought.
    If the fans didn't run at all, it would turn itself off within seconds of being turned on.
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    ^^I did not know that.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrk View Post
    ^^I did not know that.

    Thanks.
    The fans inside a laptop are always running. From my experience...they seem to run at roughly about three different speed levels:

    - slow speed, about 1600rpm, can hardly hear them
    - medium speed, about 4000rpm, definitely can hear the fans
    - high/max. speed, about 6000+rpm, the fans are screaming/very loud

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    I don't hear 'em until 3500-ish. My normal running temp produces 1990-2001 rpm fan speed (I never do anything except surf the internet and word process).
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    I don't think any computer would run longer than a minute without the fans being turned on.

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