Question about Apple MacBook Mac Notebook
My Mack book worked great about a year ago when I got it second hand. Now when I use flash or do any type of animation or watch any videos (online or on the computer) it suddenly gets very slow and choppy and sometimes even freezes. when this happens the fan also starts to kick in and get VERY loud. Sometimes it also gets very hot.
Any ideas? I was thinking that maybe I need to clean the fan. I live in a small community and the nearest Apple service place is about 3 days drive away (or a $500 flight away). Warranty has expired. Is there anything I can do myself. My husband is a computer tech, but doesn't know much about macs.
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Posted on Sep 04, 2012
That temperature is very low. Mine is currently sitting at 55 degrees Celsius.
Unfortunately the fans in previous generation macbook laptops do get very fast and very loud when doing anything more than simply word processing, emailing, or surfing the web.
This is due to the fact that the older models use integrated graphics. This would account for the fans running quite loudly during more intensive tasks.
If the websites you visit contain flash or video, this can also cause your fans to speed up. However, simple downloads shouldn't cause a problem.
Finally, the heatsink may have dust buildup, stopping heat from escaping quickly. This should only occur if you use the macbook in dusty environments.
The fact that nothing is taking over the cpu when you experience problems is really quite strange. As is the fact that you didn't have these problems when you first had your macbook.
The only other thing i can think of (other than going to an apple store, or calling them up on 1-800-MY-APPLE) is asking if when you installed leopard, you selected upgrade, or did a fresh install.
An upgrade may hold onto some faulty drivers, while a fresh install may take care of these problems. ***But beware***, a fresh install will remove all your current settings and files. Including your ical and address book. Make sure you backup everything first, if you choose to try this option.
Personally, i do a fresh install every 8 months or so. It gets rid of applications i don't us much, and all of their remaining files. I just backup what i want.
I hope this helps. I will submit this as a solution as i think i've provided a few more options for you. If everything fails, i would call apple and calmly explain your situation. They do on occasion offer to courier your computer to their support center.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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