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

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My fans are blasting away

I am having a similar issue. My mid 2010 macbook pro gets very hot and the fans blast regularly and are very loud. I switched to a solid state drive a couple of months ago and 8gb of ram (otherwise I have a stock machine) and the problem was worse initially, so I had to do a complete re-install of el capitan. I saw that this works on another forum. This seemed to solve the problem for about a month, but now my fans are blasting away again.

I'll periodically go into the CPU in activity monitor and delete certain programs, and that seems to calm the fan down for a couple minutes, but then it starts blazing again.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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The other question was on an iMac and the problems are entirely different. So I switched this to your own question. The first think I would check on this model is the fan vent, Remove the fan and make sure it is clear, Used canned air to blow it out. I've seen these vents up to 80% clogged.. Let us know if this works, if not we'll delve deeper. Also I don't know the size of your machine.

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Great, thank you! I removed the fan and removed all the dust from it and from the vents. There was significant dust in the fan vents. It was a bit clogged. It seems to have helped, however, I am not exactly sure - the improvement could just be my perception. If it has helped, it has slowed the fans for a few minutes, but they start blasting again once I am using the computer for over 5-10 minutes. They especially go fast and the computer feels very hot when I am browsing the internet.

My macbook has a 13" display. Mid 2010 Macbook Pro with El Capitan.

Thanks for the help!

Thanks for the help!

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I think the thermal paste needs to be replaced with fresh new thermal paste under the heatsink for CPU especially.

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