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Hi everyone, my GF has a white macbook thats on its last legs, when money is avaliable, i'll build her a nice system, but until then, I would really like to see what I can do to make sure I can extend the life of it.

Its main problem is that it runs really hot, and the fan starts to blow at !00% after a few mins.

i've aready taken it apart to replace the thermal paste and clean out the insides, but any other ideas?


( thinking of an ssd and new install of the OS )

any other ideas on what I can do to prolong the life of the computer?

Thanks
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This is the wrong forum for Macbook problems, lol
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SSD makes a huge improvement. I just put one in my MBP a little over a month ago, and it is terrific. Boot up and shut down is so fast, and apps launch instantly. Even Photoshop. The biggest thing is getting used to having half of the space you had with a HDD. More RAM is also a good upgrade as well.
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Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

Hi everyone, my GF has a white macbook thats on its last legs, when money is avaliable, i'll build her a nice system, but until then, I would really like to see what I can do to make sure I can extend the life of it.
Its main problem is that it runs really hot, and the fan starts to blow at !00% after a few mins.
i've aready taken it apart to replace the thermal paste and clean out the insides, but any other ideas?
( thinking of an ssd and new install of the OS )
any other ideas on what I can do to prolong the life of the computer?
Thanks

Honestly, those are the only things you can do to extend the life of the MacBook. Just make sure to clean out the dust bunnies, apply fresh thermal paste properly and if you have the money, buy an SSD and reinstall the OS. (Just repeating what you just said redface.gif).
The good thing about getting an SSD is that you can simply re-use it in the new rig you plan to buy.

EDIT: Oh yeah, more RAM, if it still has free slots and you can find compatible RAM kits.
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post #5 of 15
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This is the wrong forum for Macbook problems, lol

Don't hate. We're very accepting on this forum. Everyone has their opinions and preferences.
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SSD makes a huge improvement. I just put one in my MBP a little over a month ago, and it is terrific. Boot up and shut down is so fast, and apps launch instantly. Even Photoshop. The biggest thing is getting used to having half of the space you had with a HDD. More RAM is also a good upgrade as well.

Yeah unfortunately that's about all you can do with a Mac (or most laptops for that matter). But an SSD will be tremendous
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This is the wrong forum for Macbook problems, lol
No it's not. Anyway, try and check what processes are running to see if it's anything that is using a lot of resources and such. I'd suggest checking this out first http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1473.
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You can always go in and repair the permissions (I think that's what it's called). That will help a little bit.
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If it's old, you can also see a large performance increase by installing a lightweight linux distro. Or a normal one even, I have Ubuntu on my old netbook and it's almost as responsive as it is on an actual computer. If I put on something more lightweight than Unity it'd be even smoother, or put on a distro such as Puppy, which loads everything into RAM on boot.

However, since it's a mac, installing Linux would be tricky. It was especially tricky with my 2011 MBP (triple booting OS X, Win7, and Xubuntu), and I'm not even going to try to get the graphics switching to work. Once it's set up it's brilliant though. You have to keep OS X installed for firmware updates and whatnot.

If your GF doesn't want a different user interface, there are some good OS X GUI clones out there. Just do a google for them and find one she likes thumb.gif

Other than that, yeah SSD, clean it, etc. is just about all you can do. Depending on the model you might be able to get a drive caddy that you can switch the DVD drive out for, then you can leave your HDD in the computer as a secondary drive for storage.
post #9 of 15
the overheating issue can be fixed by undervolting. That'll cut maybe 8C off both idle and load temps -that's my experience with a Core Duo MacBook. http://www.coolbook.se/CoolBook.html . Free trial, but $10 to buy it.
 
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post #10 of 15
Whatever that coolbook is bulls**t, tried it, no result

Try repasting with IC Diamond and cleaning out the fan/HSF assembly

Lastly, you can download a free software to control the minimum fanspeed (recommend 2300RPM)
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