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IStat reads 126 degrees on Macbook - and gets very slow

Could this be my problem? My computer gets very slow and the fan kicks in and gets very loud. This often happens all the time and especialy when watching videos or looking at photos

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  • tmcalder Apr 14, 2009

    Can it be fixed?

  • tmcalder Apr 14, 2009

    It used to work fine, but now I can hardly do anything without setting the fan off and then everything gets very choppy and freezes up for a bit.

  • tmcalder Apr 14, 2009

    Even when my laptop is cool - when I turn it on first thin in the morning the heat sensor still reads 126 degrees and sometime dips down to 30 or even a negative number in seconds and then back up to 126 - that can't be right.

  • Nathanh29 May 11, 2010

    Hi there,

    this is a common limitation with lots of apple macbooks early generation models.

    Was there a specific question you had that i can help you with?

    Nathan.

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Perhaps it is a software or firmware issue.

Make sure you have updated you mac to the latest firmware possible via software update. To get to this, click on the apple in the top left hand corner of your screen and select software update.

If that doesn't fix it, then perhaps doing a complete reinstall of the software will help, followed by updating your software using the method previously mentioned.

If this still doesn't help, then it would be a good idea to bring it into apple.

you can find a local apple reseller by calling apple on 1-800-MY-APPLE

Or you can visit an apple retail store by visiting http://www.apple.com/retail/

Hope this helps.

Nathan.

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