15″ Unibody MacBook Pro Heat Problems And My Solution

15″ Unibody MacBook Pro Heat Problems And My Solution

My unibody MacBook Pro has seemed to increase a few degrees fahrenheit every couple of days or so for a few weeks now.  The machine becomes sluggish and very noisy and hot to the touch.

Having some down-time this evening with the temp around 190F with both fans spinning at 6200 RPM, I decided to crack the MBP open.

I found exactly what I had expected to find: Clogged cooling system.

cooling-clogged

So I broke out the canned air and cleared the fins…

cooling-cleared

Buttoned the MacBook Pro back up and fired her up.

I’m running my usual virtual machines right now, (an Ubuntu 10.04 server and a Windows 7 workstation in Parallels), and iTunes is playing my favorite tracks while I type.  CPU utilization is up around 80-90% on each core and the machine is cruising along at a steady 135 degrees fahrenheit.

Overall, a successful twenty minutes and my travel machine is happy once again.  And so is my lap, (since I’m one of those people who actually likes to place his laptop ON his lap from time to time).

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