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    Has your Macbook Pro shut off??
    Hi everyone!

    I'm a soon-to-be Macbook Pro owner and I just wanted to ask a simple question from all you guys that have made the switch....


    Since you've had your MBP, how many times has it shut down from getting too hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjjr72984 View Post
    hi everyone! :d

    i'm a soon-to-be macbook pro owner and i just wanted to ask a simple question from all you guys that have made the switch....


    Since you've had your mbp, how many times has it shut down from getting too hot?
    never
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    What is this, the 1990's again?

    Do computers still shut off from getting too hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andymac2210 View Post
    What is this, the 1990's again?

    Do computers still shut off from getting too hot?
    Lol, well I bought my Gateway laptop in 2008 and that thing shuts off from heat all the time. Especially when I try to watch youtube vids.

    I just wanted to make sure I don't have that problem anymore.

    I have heard Macbook Pro's get pretty warm though........

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    Never, through many multi-hour gaming sessions - but if you plan on putting that piece of aluminum on your lap - it does get warm enough that you will want a lap stand.
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    It does not get that hot.

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    I had heard many things about how hot they get. But, it's all completely false. Granted I do most of the "hard work" on the iMac... But even rendering videos and stuff on the MBP, it never even so much as feels slightly warm on the bottom. But even with the people that somehow seem to make them warm, I've never heard of them "shutting down" from it... That Windows worry is, out the window for you now
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkWorld View Post
    But even with the people that somehow seem to make them warm, I've never heard of them "shutting down" from it... That Windows worry is, out the window for you now
    It's not a Windows thing by any means - it's hardware related. I had overheating issues with my old laptop and it would shut down regardless of whether I was using Windows or Linux.

    Any hardware will shut down, as I mentioned, if it gets too hot. Just be responsible when using your laptop and keep a few things in mind:
    - Don't use it on soft surfaces such as sheets, blanket or your lap.
    - Try to keep it dust free. Dust can clog up the fans preventing them from effectively circulating air.
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    Probably shouldn't have worded it quite like that, was just trying to make a funny
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    It's not so much a Windows thing as a badly designed/badly assembled hardware thing.

    CPUs and GPUs consume energy and radiate heat at a specified rate. A good engineering team will do the necessary thermal modeling and design in whatever heat sinks, heat pipes fans, and cases that will dissipate that heat given to the maximum environmental operating temperature of the machine.

    Apple is pretty good about doing its homework. Some vendors aren't.

    Occasionally, the factory assembles the unit wrong, or the chips that come from the supplier don't meet the supplier's own specs. Or the owner lets the machine get clogged with dust, or blocks the vents. That's when you get Macs that overheat.

    Fortunately, that's rare.

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    I second the laptop lap-stand, mine has never shut off from getting too hot, but it does get slightly uncomfortably warm.

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    Mine hasn't even gotten warm yet - but maybe I'm not taxing it enough thus far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EightmanVT View Post
    Mine hasn't even gotten warm yet - but maybe I'm not taxing it enough thus far...
    I doubt your 2011 MacBook Pro - 2.8GHz, i7, 8 GB Ram, can be taxed all that much anyways lolol, that's a sweet machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    I doubt your 2011 MacBook Pro - 2.8GHz, i7, 8 GB Ram, can be taxed all that much anyways lolol, that's a sweet machine!

    - Simon
    Thanks! I'm loving it so far! Enjoying the learning curve as well...

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