Mid 2006 / model number A1181 / black or white case / 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

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Why does my fan increase noise while using normally?

When I wake up the MacBook from sleep mode the fan is quiet and while using it the fan increase noise and gets really loud and in the screen saver if I leave it for a while the fan goes really quiet but if I keep using it without leaving the computer the fan stays loud.

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You're getting hot over the battery connector. Try running with the battery removed and see if the problem goes away. Id so, download and run Coconut Battery to see the condition of your battery. The battery could be going bad or the connector shorting out.

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I'm not sure if I can run without a battery since the computer runs for about 3-5 minutes on battery (not shutting down when power adapter is removed) and doesn't run down to under 40% before shutting down.

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Nathan what Mayer is asking does the system stay warm without the battery in the system - don't disconnect the power adapter!

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Nathan have you run Apple update as well as flush your browser yet? Did you update your Adobe Flash? I would focus on these first.

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Before you start taking the system apart I would do some deeper diagnostics and maintenance.

You may have other hardware issues besides the thermal paste issue. You could also be encountering a software issue which I would isolate out first as I often see this as the root issue more often.

I would start by checking the OS and Apps, make sure you have the latest updates running of your apps and any add-ons. If you have any older OS add-ons they may not play well with the newest versions of OS-X (Snow Leopard or Lion) disable them. Also make sure you don't have applications loading on boot.

If that doesn't solve your issue see if you can boot under an external HD which has a fresh copy of OS on it. If the system does not get hot like before using the external HD apps you can focus on isolating out what is running on your systems internal HD that is chewing up your CPU causing it to over heat.

You could have some Malware running or some background Java applet running inside your web browser. Make sure yo don't have the Flashback Trojan running using this tool from Apple if your running Lion with out Java (http://www.cultofmac.com/160766/apple-re...) Using Apple Software update will take care of older versions of OS-X and Lion that has Java.

To isolate out other malware or other background apps from the OS try creating an new user account on your system. Using this account on your internal HD see if the heat problem persists. If not you have something running in the browser under your original user account. Going into the browser settings fully reset all of it's saved items (Safari > Reset Safari... check off all of the items). Doing this will loose any saved settings so make sure you have written down your web server user accounts and passwords as well as any important URL links. Remove any add-ins and download and instal fresh copies.

Lastly, Flash is not well written and does cause excessive heating when watching movies (Hulu) Adobe just released a Beta version of Flash 11.3 that is much better in using the systems resources (http://www.cultofmac.com/160343/adobe-re...)

If the problem is within your OS services you may need to get a good antivirus app to clean out what is running in background (malware or trojan software).

I would also at this point defrag the HD as drives that are very full tend to require more effort to access causing heat. You may need to make more free space so less swapping takes place. Try to leave at least 2-4 gigs of free space on your primary HD.

If this doesn't solve it you will need to dig deeper into isolating out the different processes running on your system which is a bit of science and luck using Apples 'Activity Monitor' application.

If you really suspect the issue is hardware:

I would start checking for dust and debris issues inside. Check for a clogged fan and vents. Using canned air a small paint brush carefully scrub out the vents, case & logic bd, blow out any dust you do find.

Next using 'Check My Temp' application available from the Mac App Store you can monitor the different temp sensors your system has, you might be able to isolate out what area of your system is running hotter (don't assume the hottest thing is the issue) HINT: See if a friend who has a similar model can run this app to compare your system against. You may find one of the fans is not working correctly or the HD has issues besides the CPU not cooling because the thermal paste has dried out.

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My computer is running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. I have also checked that my computer has at least 2-4 gigs of space. I only use the computer for surfing the Internet or doing things that I have to do. The left palm rest is noticeably hotter than the right palm rest. The keyboard seems to get warm when the fan(s) kick in.

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Nathan - Sounds like you need to focus on your OS & web browser here. Did you check for the Flashback Malware (run Software Update) as well as upgrade Flash yet? Also did you flush out your browser cache fully? I would start there. If these action items did not improve things I would create that second user account as I stated to see if that changed things. FYI - the HD is located under the left front side of the case so you are feeing the heat from it. Keep your focus here isolating out software is the correct direction here. Forget about the CPU/GPU paste thing.

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"2-4 gigs free space" is a "your mileage may vary" number. The ideal target is 5-15% of your HD space - I keep mine around 10% and things work well.

For example, 2-4 gigs free space on a 1 TB hard drive would be terrible, performance-wise.

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Also, Mac OS X has done automatic defragmentation since 10.3. However, this probably won't work if you don't have a good chunk of hard disk space available - thus the floating 5-15% number.

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Adam - Remember this is a MacBook not a desktop so the drives tend to be smaller (Apple supplied). Sure, having more free space is better the idea here was the min space not the ideal. Sorry to say even the latest version of OS-X fragments files just as much as the older versions. It makes no difference how much free space you have on your drive either. I strongly recommend defragmenting your primary drive at least once a year. Apples claim is somewhat hollow as the OS (any) can't really control fragmentation without producing other problems the user or apps would find intolerable. Maybe when we can run asymmetric processes within a system using big-little CPU designs fragmentation will be a thing of the past.

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The fan in thermally controlled so the hotter it gets the faster the fan turns and makes more noise.

If the cpu or gpu is over heating with constant use.

you may need to have someone re-apply the thermal compound on the processor or blow out the venting path for the fan.

Hope this helps,

Good luck

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