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now I understand that them powerbooks get hot - but my powerbook seems to be super hot - and say 20 minutes into something that requires a lot of power, (ak games or editing) the fan turns on and won't go away..this also is noticable when I am charging also -

is this normal behavior?
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Dunno, try to install Temperature Monitor and see what that reads...
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my 12" PB normally idles at 43C (109.4F) and during gaming it reaches 61C (141.8F) in a 26C (80F) environment placed on a desk
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I'm interested in this Temperature Monitor.. Where can I get it? Free? It uses the processor's built in thermometer right?
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Get it here: http://www.bresink.de/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html
It's free.
Yes it uses any built-in temperature sensors.
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My 15" runs between 50c and 60c during normal use. I use Temp Monitor almost always as I too am a bit worried about heat. I also use a Targus Podium Coolpad ( http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=PA241U ) and it helps *some* (its more piece of mind, I guess) Though I noticed it leaves little black rings on the back of the PB where it gets hot. Still have to figure out how to clean them off.
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My 15" runs between 50c and 60c during normal use. I use Temp Monitor almost always as I too am a bit worried about heat. I also use a Targus Podium Coolpad ( http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=PA241U ) and it helps *some* (its more piece of mind, I guess) Though I noticed it leaves little black rings on the back of the PB where it gets hot. Still have to figure out how to clean them off.

Cool. My processor is running at 141.3 degrees. Just curious.. At what temperature should I worry... I'm really a car guy and 61 / 141 is nothing for a car, so....
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right now I'm running at 95 F, 35 C...not doing anything. When I'm playing games I think it gets up to 140 F...
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Have you got one that reads in Degrees centregrade, or does that one read both Farinheight and centregrade?
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It does both Matt
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So does anyone know how hot is too hot? I haven't been above 125 F, but is there like a danger zone where I should shut down?
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So does anyone know how hot is too hot? I haven't been above 125 F, but is there like a danger zone where I should shut down?
I find that it runs cooler with the power adapter not plugged in. I'm running everything I was when I last posted (141 degrees). Now I'm running off the battery, I'm at 117.

In all honesty, I really wouldn't worry about overheating a stock Mac. Its not like your processor is overclocked, I'm sure they are designed to be run at processor speeds of 160+ all day. No problem. So, yeah the PB has adequate cooling you don't need to worry about overheating it IMO, but I think its nice to know in case something happens like the fan fails to turn on (mine has been coming on at 145F I think) or is broken or something happens that causes the processor to cook, you'll know when the numbers are WAY above normal (based on what you are doing). For example, don't freak out if you are always at 120, then one day you are editting video and doing all kinds of stuff and it goes up to 150. But if for some random reason it goes to 150 doing the normal surfing or whatever that normally only gets to 120, maybe try to figure out what it going on.

I'm sure there is an internal kill-switch that automatically shuts down the machine if it is about to cook the proccessor.
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IMO if anything overheats in normal conditions then it's Apple's problem, and one that I don't believe they have very often.

On the other hand, it's nice to be able to limit damage when you see it coming,
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My processor bottomside is usually around 55 or maybe 56 while normal use - browsing, listening to music, movies, etc...
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