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I own a 2007 macbook pro and i noticed while during watching videos or gaming it gets incredibly hot when just on a flat surface even with plenty of ventilation. I downloaded a program called smc fan control and turns out my laptop was running at around 180 degrees F or higher when doing video streaming. I turned the fans up but i don't understand why a laptop especially being apple run so high to the point of possibly damaging the hardware.

asked Feb 18 '11 at 23:37

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Apple laptops are notorious for getting ridiculously hot, sometimes to the point where you can barely touch it. All computers get hot, I wouldn't worry about it unless it get near the 80 Celsius mark. Yours seems to be around there, and I'm assuming because Macbook Pros have low end video cards, that your CPU is working harder than usual to assist in video streaming, which leads to hotter temperatures. Aren't the fans supposed to go into overdrive automatically when the system becomes that hot though? I'd say take it to an Apple store just to get their opinion on it, because prolonged exposure to that kind of heat could end up damaging your components in the long run.

My custom desktop systems temp never goes above 40 celsius, though it may be because I've got a heat sink bigger than your head :)

answered Feb 18 '11 at 23:47

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Run Activity Monitor (Do a spotlight search for it) and see if any particularly resource intensive processes are running in the background, which may be causing your fans to spin up unnecessarily. If it is not this, then try creating a guest account, log into it, and see if the problem persists. If it does, you may want to get it checked out. It also may simply be showing its age, although that is unlikely, as it's not all that old.

answered Feb 18 '11 at 23:43

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Yes I had the same issue but my laptop was a little bit older it would be hot to the touch as if I could cook an egg on it. I thought about looking into the fan but I could never get into it.

answered Feb 18 '11 at 23:40

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