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    Is there a heat fix for older MacBooks?

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    Is there a heat fix for older MacBooks?
    So the new MacBooks got a patch fix for their overheating, but what about the older Retina models (Late 2013-2014) that also have this problem thatís been well documented?

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    I've had a 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2019 MBP and don't know the specific fix you are referring to or the issue that afflicted the 2013-2014 model years. Do you have any links to share?
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    Is there a heat fix for older MacBooks?

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    Videos like this explain how you have to adjust the fans due to overheating: YouTube

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    This article explains how the new MacBooks got the fix: Apple patches 2018 MacBook Pro to address throttled performance and overheating | ZDNet

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    but what about the older Retina models
    Just purchase a Laptop Cooling Pad, with or without a fan if you find your MB to hot to use on your lap:
    https://www.walmart.ca/en/electronic...-lights/N-8208
    https://www.amazon.com/DefenderPad-L.../dp/B00BPY41ZU

    etc.

    Heck a thin piece of plywood with or without a fabric or leather wrap would work.

    Or better yet, just download install and setup Macs Fan Control.app
    Macs Fan Control Download for macOS & Windows (Boot Camp)



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    Is there a heat fix for older MacBooks?

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    I appreciate the suggestions. What about the keyboard and trackpad that also get hot to the touch?

    I have smcFanControl to adjust fan speed, but it gets so loud.

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    Maybe your smcFanControl needs to be adjusted if possible, I haven't used it for may years.

    Have you checked the temperatures of your Mac and are you doing any high intensitive work?

    I must say I've never heard of any keyboard getting too hot, so maybe you or your Mac have some unusal problems happening.



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    Is there a heat fix for older MacBooks?

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    Yes, I played with the smc controls and have the fans at 3000 rpm.

    Perfect example is right now I’m updating to Mojave and it’s heating up. That can’t be considered high intensive work. There are many commenters in that YouTube video I posted with the same problem.

    Fans can’t be dusty because this issue happened the week I brought home the new machine from the Apple Store.

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    Perfect example is right now I’m updating to Mojave and it’s heating up.

    What temperature is your MacBook generally running at and how does that compare to other users with the same model??

    Maybe provide that and see what some other members with the same model have to say.

    I no longer have my old 2007 15" MBPro, but I sure don't ever remember it running hot or running with noisy fans, and 3000 RPM sounds pretty damn fast to me and I would have thought unnecessary.

    Are you sure that the air vents are fully open but they should have been that way when you first bought it as well. But I guess there is a chance that maybe some of the fans just aren't working properly and were dead or goofy from the get-go.

    Maybe it might be worth investigating replacing the fans with better airflow at a lower speed.

    That's about all I can suggest.


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    Is there a heat fix for older MacBooks?
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    Perfect example is right now I’m updating to Mojave and it’s heating up.
    TBH, that's normal. Updating is an intense activity for the CPU.
    Jake

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    All Macbooks are made of aluminum and will get hot when the system is under load, but once the load alleviates, the heat should as well. My MBPs under heavy load will have the CPU at close to 95 degC and that gets hot quickly, but once the load stops, the temps drop dramatically and so does the heat. Not sure what fix could be applied to this sort of thing.
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    but once the load stops, the temps drop dramatically and so does the heat. Not sure what fix could be applied to this sort of thing.

    Maybe somebody could utilize the code that Apple apparently used to slow down some older iPhone models associated with battery life or something or whatever the reason was.

    Maybe that could keep the MacBook cooler.

    And maybe some shady developer is selling such a utility for a ridiculous price.

    And no doubt uses an icon of a hare and rabbit with the hare well in front of the rabbit and sitting on an ice cube and uder a fan.




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    CPU usage is inherently has spikes as part of the normal usage of a machine, so arbitrarily gating the upper limit of what the CPU is capable of doing wouldn't be the right answer IMO. The heatsinks and the fans are designed to ensure that the normal heat generated by various components are appropriately dissipated to avoid issues.

    Anyway, the "fix" was to actually remove the artificial throttling, so the older machines just need to run at least High Sierra 10.13.6 or greater to remove the limit. This does NOT prevent the machine from getting hot.
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