Hardware :: MacBook Fan Runs Constantly - Driver SPd Command?
Jan 5, 2011
Black MacBook fan runs constantly. I found a thread here that looks helpful: [URL]. Following suggestions there I looked in Terminal at the top cpu processes for a rogue process that's overloading the cpu and keeping the fan running. What I see is a "COMMAND" called "DriverSPd" with a PID of 157* that often runs the cpu past 90%. Do you know what Driver SPd is? Can I kill it (without killing my MacBook?)
I've had my MacBook Pro for a little less than a year and it has 4gb of ram but i have never seem my computer have even 2gb of ram available. With Safari up and itunes it almost consumes all the ram, is this normal? I don't believe it should be. Do i have too much crap on my computer?
I've got an early 2008 Macbook Pro and, recently, I've noticed that the fan (fans?) begins running from the moment the computer is powered-up. iStat tells me that both fans are running at about 2000 rpms, though I only hear a slight whoosing noise from the left side. I don't remember the fan running constantly, and I have noticed that my battery life seems worse than normal recently. Is this normal, and something I just haven't noticed until recently?
As the title says, my Macbook Air running freaking amazingly hot ever since the latest Mac Update. Any ideas, I can't find anything in the Activity monitor that could be causing my Macbook to be running so hot.
I have one of the black macbooks with c2d, a GMA950 graphics card, and 2 gig of ram. When I run Windows XP in Fusion, the fan runs almost constantly - even without any windows applications running (antivirus is running). This bothers me.
It's getting time for me to consider a new laptop. Does anyone have any experience with the GeForce 9400M or 9600GT video card laptops? I'm wondering if my experience will be different with either video card.
Something strange happened yesterday to my computer, it had a failure with a software and suddently the keyboard didn�t work as it has to be.
I couldnt write anything and it was like command key is pressed all the time because it worked like a key combination. For example, when I press the "w" letter it closes windows, I cant�t even write a web address neither my pass to fix something in the settings.
My 13" MacBook Air Mid-2011 Version currently running Mac OS X 10.7.3. Is constantly overheating and the fan is constantly loud. The fan is around 5500rpm even when I am not doing anything on it or even when it is off.
I had a Dell 1100 laser printer working on my iMac (G4 ball type) using a GIMP printer. I had to reset the queue and lost the driver. I can't remember which GIMP driver I used. Also, although I have loaded the latest GIMP s/w, I can't seem to get to them in Tiger 10.4.6.
We are trying to install/update to the NVIDIA 270.00.00f06 driver for the PNY Quadro FX4800 for Mac on our MacPro 3,1 with OSX 10.7.4. The system tells us "No Driver Update Needed for this System", and will not allow driver to be installed. Can anyone advise if the current driver is automatically installed or provided by Apple Updates. If not can you provide proper instructions on how to properly update the driver. Also how can we confirm what driver version is currently installed.
Jim Teames 7/03/2012
Info: Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.4), PNY Quadro FX4800 for Mac, 10GB mem
I might be using primarily Soundbooth and After Effects for some sweet projects for school, and for my future music recording career path (maybe Logic Studio Pro is better?) I got to use both a VERY LITTLE BIT on a PC. But how well do they work on the Unibody MBs? Either 2.0 or 2.4?
I have a macbook unibody 2008 2.4, I ungraded to snow leopard, Id say for the past 3 months any time I open up safari or firefox after I have 5 tabs open the computer runs slow as can be. The computer when I scroll the little pinwheel pops up before I can do anything, it has gotten so bad the pinwheel has to pop up when I type more then 5 words. It has gotten so bad that even after the browser is closed I have to reboot my computer before it will run normal again. I know its not my ram I upgraded to 4gb of ram and I do clean out history and defrag on weekly basis. Is there any solutions that wont require a reboot.
I just bought a 13 inches alum macbook pro...I'm wondering why does it run @ 2K rpm even when my comp is freezing ( like 25C)...I used to own a white macbook and most of the times it was running @ 1K..Never saw my new macbook with less than 2K rpm...With 2K, I can hear the fans so it's a little annoying
Problem description: My computer is using a lot of RAM. Wondering if there’s a hardware issue, or a software issue, or something else. I currently have no programs open in the Doc, besides EntreCheck. and the RAM is showing about 75% used. What I can do to speed it up and make it more functional, and efficient for doing design work. I recently upgraded from the original 4GB RAM (2x2GB), and from the original HD to a 512 GB SSD drive, and upgraded to Yosemite. Perhaps that was too much for this machine?
I have a recent back-up, I'm open to saving user files and starting from scratch with the current hardware, etc... but would need some direction on how to do this. I did upgrade myself using Apple provided instructions.
Here are the EntreCheck results:
EtreCheck version: 2.0.11 (98) Report generated December 2, 2014 at 12:45:57 PM EST Hardware Information: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) (Verified) MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro8,1 1 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU: 2-core
Info: MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)
I have seen this question answered before but can't find it in the archives. Almost immediately after starting to use the laptop the fan starts running and doesn't quit until you put it back to sleep or turn it off. Any ideas on why this is happening and is it harmful to the computer in the long run?
When I made the switch to the Mac world with a MacBook Pro, I needed to replace my old Microsoft Money for simple small business functions. I tried a number of Mac programs, and all were lacking. Fortora came close, but definitely no cigar. So I installed Windows 7 to permit me to run Quicken. Despite all the strong negative reviews, this program works well and is far ahead of all Mac financial software. Since I use Windows only for Quicken and for Audible Site, since iTunes does not play nice with my Sansa Clip.
I didn't want to divide up my 4 MB of RAM using virtualization software. So I use Boot Camp, and this solution works well for me. What was immediately obvious was that my Mac Book runs very hot when using Windows, where I do little more than use Quicken. So hot that I dare not set my machine on my lap. As soon as I reboot to the Mac OS, the machine cools down. My impression, although I have not really tested this, is that the battery also runs down faster on the Windows side.
I have a late-2006 MacBook (2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo Merom) that has been serviced several times. It�s had the fan replaced twice: once in the summer of 2007 because it completely failed, and once in the summer of 2009 because it had been making clicking noises. The logic board was replaced last November because of some minor issues with the headphone jack, along with the LCD which had some gray dots starting to appear.
I�m not sure how long it�s been doing this, but the fan seems to be running way faster than would be normal. The fan never seems to run below 5000 RPM, and once the CPU warms up, it seems to run continuously at 6200 RPM (the maximum speed). smcFanControl (set to Default fan speed, the minimum) usually reads the temperature as being between 145 and 155 degrees Fahrenheit. I took the keyboard off yesterday to clean dust out of the fan, but it didn�t seem to do much. I�m pretty sure this isn�t a software issue, because the fan also seems to run a lot when the MacBook is booted into Windows 7, although I�m going to try booting it from the OS disc and an external hard drive just to be sure. I�ve tried resetting the SMC, and I�m pretty sure I tried resetting the PRAM a while ago. The only remaining thing I can think of is that when the repair tech replaced the logic board, he didn�t apply the thermal paste properly (the optical drive was replaced even though it was working when I sent my MacBook in, two hinge screws were overtightened, and the bezel was not installed properly).
Are there any other things that could be causing my MacBook to not cool properly? If booting from another copy of the OS doesn�t change the fan speeds, I�m thinking about taking the heatsink off this weekend and applying some Arctic Silver.
So I bought a new WD, did a 1:1 backup with a Carbon Copy Cloner, put it in my 2010 MBP13.
It runs faster, but is also noisier. With this I mean the operating noise, not clicks or anything like that. I'm 100% sure I fastened every screw tightly. And before anyone asks: Yes, I also moved the torx screws from the original drive to the WD.
My MacBook is from the Summer of 2007, so its not the newest one but the last model, a black one. Basically, it just runs slowly. Sometimes i'll boot it up and just dragging icons can be really choppy and opening files or just double-clicking the Mac HD icon will cause that spiral of colors to pop up. It isn't always super slow but I would say that my mac is a lot lot slower than it was in the first 6-8 months I owned it. It has 1gig of memory and it isn't like I have lots of programs running at once (if i was i would understand it being a bit slow) My guess is just from going to websites, cookie build-up, maybe the hardware is just againg, pop-ups, pornography, or whatever is just causing it to slow down. I'd like to not have to reinstall the os and i'm at school anyways so i dont have the disc for that. Any idea what I can do?
I have a 2010 Macbook Air with 17GB out of 60GB free on the HD. Lately it has been a little slow (especially in Numbers, sometimes in Safari). I'm looking for ways I can clean up any unnecessary files and just do routine maintenance. I have recently run Disc Inventory X and deleted big unnecessary files.
When using either Mail (5.2, v. 1257) or Aperture (3.2.3, Build 6010000.1) I notice that the fan seems to run all the time when either of these two applications are open. I just imported my entire iPhoto library (20,000 photos, about 80 GB hard drive storage in iPhoto) into Aperture. I was lead to believe that Aperture has better management features for larger libraries.
How do I find out why the fan is running and what can I do to monitor this situation? Is it likely to cause damage to any of the MBP's internal components?
Info: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 13", 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 4GB RAM