Macbook Pro 2011 - Saved by a general clean/fan replacement/CleanMyMac/thermal paste!
Hi everyone, just thought I'd share a great achievement with you all about my 13" MBP late 2011 4gb RAM laptop. So after a couple of weeks I was growing tired of this laptop, constantly overheating and turning the fans on, crashing and getting the annoying spinning wheel. So I began searching for newer laptops - which I had no f**king clue had gone up in £££ so much!
To give some clarity on what my MBP was doing:
- Was getting so hot I was pretty certain the CPU was close to being fried
- Would began thermal throttling even when no applications were running
- Felt like a useless laptop
- Dated compared to new models
After toying with the idea of an XPS, I began struggling to justify spending close to £1k on a laptop (back to windows which I don't like all that well)- which in all honesty wasn't much of an upgrade. So reading some of these great posts & hearing success of other people who managed to save their MBP from near death- I thought I'd give it a try.
First off I thoroughly cleaned out the bottom of the laptop with compressed air. And oh my lord the dust which was in there was disgusting. Close to 8 years of dust was an interesting site. Again not sure on what difference this does but as the vents at the back were clogged up with dust it could potentially damage the effectiveness of the cooling?
I then replaced the fan (which I think had little effect on this whole process), but when unveiling the dust I thought it might be best to do so. This was around £11 on eBay.
I download CleanMyMac and managed to wipe my MBP free of malware, clean my mail boxes, clean pretty much everything which I think has actually made a big difference. Purchased from the web at a discounted cost.
Last but not least I followed iFixIt's tutorial on thermal paste removal & reapplying. Both the Spudger (£3 Amazon) and Arctic MX-4 (£6.69 Amazon) were bought to carry out this. At first I was sceptical on this procedure and was worried what damage I could cause to the laptop if doing so. I toyed with the idea, then finally grew a pair of bollocks and took the plunge. And boy oh boy. The difference is incredible. After following the steps patiently & carefully I can say that this is one of the single best things I did for my PC.
The process is simple and straight forward, the instructions are great & if you are toying with the idea I would just say to do it. I was surprised thinking I'd broke most connections but they're obviously a lot tougher than they look! When unveiling Apple's attempt at thermal pasting it & years of use, it looked in desperate need. 2x small blobs were used and it's done the world of good. No problems what so ever so far (touch wood).
Previously when it was plugged into an external monitor and running apps, it would get severely hot. Now it's just a breeze.
So yeah, a MBP I loved, hated, now back to love again! Long live Apple!
*Sorry if this doesn't read well, I've had 2 weeks off from an operation & in serious pain! Wanted to show some gratitude!*
submitted by Thomas_ww
How likely is it that my Macbook Pro webcam got hacked?
When I was waking up my MBPro today, I think I noticed my Isight light turn on for a (split second ) before it turned off. I don't know if it's done this before (if it has, I haven't noticed).
I understand that it's only supposed to turn on when the camera is being used.
I did the whole thing of checking my Shared Access, nothing checked there. I ran 2 scans using Malwarebytes and cleanmymac and got no weird results. Checked the Acitivty monitor, nothing weird there. I don't have any weird plugins/extensions on Chrome except Grammarly/Adblocker.
I don't download anything weird or go to unsecured sites. I feel like what's more probable is that I had Facetime or photobooth running in the background somewhere but that wouldn't explain why it turned off so soon.
Any thoughts y'all
(I have tape over it now)*
submitted by Ms_Hugh_Jass