Intermittent Temperature Sensor Failure
So, I bought a Macbook Pro 13 (non-retina) Mid 2012 i5. It was sold to me as needing a OS reinstall and possibly a new HDD. Turns out the HDD was fine - but I reinstalled the OS anyway on SSD, it's now running El Capitan. When the computer works, it works fine.
The problem is that sometimes, quite randomly in my opinion, some temperature sensors on the Macbook go crazy, showing 128C. Here is a screenshot from HWMonitor when this happens. Then the kernel_task usage goes up to 300% or more, the computer starts working slowly, and the fan revs up. I guess this is why the previous owner thought theres something wrong with the OS installation. After some time, maybe after 10-20 seconds, the sensors start showing normal temps again - first all other sensors except the Memory module ones - and fews secs later those as well - and the kernel_task cpu usage goes down.
When I was on Yosemite, I tried the trick on RDoxenham's site and it worked. But on El Capitan that can't be done anymore.
I have tried running the hardware diagnostics that can be accessed by pressing D on startup. I did that maybe 6 times, also the extended test. It never finds any trouble codes.
My question is; why exactly those sensors go AWOL? Can something be done?
Is this a good question?