Apple fans roast Apple fans
Fix for overheating MacBook Airs
Apple has issued a software update for the MacBook Air, following reports of overheating. The update, released on Monday, "fine tunes the speed and operation of the internal fan" in the MacBook Air models.
This should enable the fan to correctly regulate the temperature and stop the notebook locking up.
Released in January, the super-light, super-thin MacBook Air has won plaudits for its clever design. But many users have complained that the machine overheats and then freezes, with one of the two processing cores becoming temporarily useless.
Writing on one of Apple's forums, Mac Book Air user Deny Dias reported that his system starts overheating as it is playing video.
He wrote: "When MBA [MacBook Air] goes beyond this temperature [73°C], the CPU bar graph of activity shows a slowdown in core number 2, while core number 1 raises right to the top.
"If you keep playing the video for another half a minute, the temperature keeps rising to 75°C and then it freezes.
"After that, you have ten seconds of a working system, then ten seconds of total freeze. Clearly seems to be an overheating issue."
Another Apple user, TeraFloppy, wrote: "This looks very much like a heat issue. Unpredictable behavior in a notebook is common caused when the machine is running too hot.
"When iTunes begins to stutter (and the entire OS), I find cooling the machine eliminates all problems."
Apple could offer no comment on the overheating problems at the time of writing. ®
I already said the Macbook air was pointless, Listen carefully, "The Macbook AIR is a pointless toy, and if I had one I'd trade it for something useful
And mentioned my Dell gaming laptops. Do I eed to submit photos of my linux box as well?
So Bang goes that theory then.
It was a nice try, but you have to troll harder than that. Anyone who posts anon is just flamebait anyway.
Fan chokes on Apple Core!
Sorry - i just had to get that in there.
This notebook looks cool but its damn expensive & kinda limited,
Surely Dell & Compaq ultra portables are better value for money?
I saw a rival ultraportable compared to the MBA on TV & you could play decent games on the rival.
I think Apple should ditch their lead designer for a couple of months & bring in Jeremy Clarkson.(bring back the MacIntosh)
In the meantime...I'm going to reboot my big ugly XPS thats just crashed after 2 hours of Crysis. Bloody Windows Vista. :(
Wondered where you where with your 'I'm not a rabid Apple fan but I will buy everything Apple branded I can and defend them to the hilt even when they screw up royally' rhetoric
Dana W - Prime example of the brainwashed - Can Apple officially qualify as a cult now?
"In other words it turns the fan on full all of the time so your new thin laptop sounds like a hair dryer!"
I had to do that patch to my MBP, and the only time you can hear the fan spin up hard is now and then when I visit Sadville.
You had to do virtually the same thing to all my Dell gaming laptops I used to have.
Without fan management most of the Dell machines are paperweights after any prolonged. Yet somehow this well know issue attracts no flames from Windows users. Hi temp performance laptops are nothing new, and the answer is always the same, modify the fan speed.
The only difference is Dell slowed them to squeeze more life out of cheap sleeve bearing fans, Apple did it to keep the computers silent. "Least my MBP has decent fans." One was cheap and shortsighted, the other was being a design snob. Same of a muchness.
Where the heck....
Where the heck is the comment from Webster?
Are you out sick today?
If so, I hope you feel better soon.