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Macbook - Looking for frame of reference for heat and fan speed

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I have seen and read a few similar threads on this general topic- but I am looking for something more specific:

How hot is too hot? especially when we're talking about just running basic programs like itunes, iphoto, or playing online...

secondly- How fast is too fast for the fans to run.. or maybe part B- at what point should they kick on? Mine typically run at just over 3200 but right now they're at 6200 and Im not multitasking or using large programs other than having multiple web pages up..

I do have an appointment at the genius bar for a recurring cd/dvd drive problem, so this will be brought up as well, but i would like to be as educated a consumer as possible
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This article has all you will need to know regarding notebook temperature:

Apple Notebooks: Operating Temperature

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The computer's internal fans turn on automatically within a temperature range that is selected to ensure proper operation of the computer.

Apple portable computers comply with temperature limits set in national and international safety standards when used in accordance with the instructions in the user guide. Instructions include the advice not to place the computer on your lap for extended periods.

Make sure you are running the latest system software and have installed all current firmware updates. To find the latest system software, use Software Update or download system software and firmware updates from

Never use third-party applications to diagnose possible hardware issues—instead, call Apple or go to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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