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Mid 2010 Model A1278 / 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Is this temperature safe?

Hello, I have a Macbook Pro 13inch 2010 model with nvidia 320m and core 2 duo. I downloaded smc control and temperatures are way higher than the unibody 2010mid model that I have. It idles at 57-65 and in safari 72-84~ and fans are starting to get really noisy. Laptop doesn't have any dust and has reapplied thermal paste. My white unibody 2010mid idles at 29, so this is a huge difference, is there any solutions on how to fix it? (plz no answers "take it to apple store or whatever")

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When you tore it down did you see any oil type looking residue on the logic board?


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Yes, thats high! I would suspect you have one or more problems here within the cooling system:

  • The system is dusty and/or heat sink fins are clogged with dust
  • Fan is bad or the blades are dirty
  • The heatsink has lost its fluid, needs to be replaced
  • The thermal paste is old, bad or not put on correctly

I would recommend a better app here to monitor things: TG Pro. The full version offers a very good diagnoses function and gives a more discreet view of the sensors and fans. It's our standard app for our systems.

Of course you could still visit an Apple Store ;-}

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