Released April 2010 / 2.4, 2.53 GHz Core i5 or 2.66, 2.8 GHz Core i7 Processors

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pro gets really hot underneath

My Pro gets very hot especially when plugged in on the same side underneath...Should I replace the fan and how do I know which fan to purchase...left or right?



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Probably one of two issues both dealing with the heat sink.

First you can try replacing the thermal paste.

Second is that the heat sink is liquid filled and can develop a leak (these get very hot), replace the heat sink. Look for an oily reside on the logic board around the crimped ends of the sink.

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 Heat Sink Replacement

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@mayer Wow, I never knew the heatsinks in these were liquid filled!


@vehiclefreak409 Apple started this around 2008 with the MacPros. Copper is expensive. Copper weights a lot and in laptops they are fighting for fractions of an ounce to keep the weight low.


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If you don't have an apple store to go to, or just low on time, here is some apple support regarding heat.

My MBP does get hot too, usually when I'm utilizing the graphics cards high (i.e. HD youtube, certain games).

I have a stand with a fan that I use to assist with the cooling, you can purchase one on Amazon

Good luck

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Apple considers this a "legacy machine" obsolete. They won't help you only try to sell you a new one.


I do not disagree with you there.


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This is pretty normal in my experience. The more resource heavy applications will make the laptop noticeably warmer. its fine unless its hot enough that it burns you, then you may want to check itout. and yes, the area around the charging port does get warm easily.

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