I think I ran my macbook too hard. [fixed]

90 Pandaren Monk
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Was doing WoE when it shut off out of nowhere, and decided on not turning back on again.
I press the power button, and the light blinks a few times... then stops. Screen stays dark.

EDIT: Will try to get canned air and powerscrub this thing, so to speak. :P
Edited by Meiyue on 9/26/2012 2:55 AM PDT
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Have you tried cleaning the dust out of it?

Laptops tend to collect dust inside of them and need to be cleaned out. This can generally be done by using some sort of pressurized air gun.
Edited by Calmai on 9/26/2012 2:29 AM PDT
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90 Pandaren Monk
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Have you tried cleaning the dust out of it?

Laptops tend to collect dust inside of them and need to be cleaned out. This can generally be done by using some sort of pressurized air gun.

I should try that... tomorrow.

I think somebody stole the air canister though.
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Have you tried cleaning the dust out of it?

Laptops tend to collect dust inside of them and need to be cleaned out. This can generally be done by using some sort of pressurized air gun.

I should try that... tomorrow.

I think somebody stole the air canister though.


Yeah I have this air blaster doohiky that attaches to a whatsit that makes a ton of noise (I know I'm so scientific) and I just blast the bottom of my laptop every month or so, the dust comes out the keyboard and it's fine. I do this whenever my computer starts shutting off, because it's a case of overheating and the laptop going into "protect me" mode.
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90 Pandaren Monk
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I should try that... tomorrow.

I think somebody stole the air canister though.


Yeah I have this air blaster doohiky that attaches to a whatsit that makes a ton of noise (I know I'm so scientific) and I just blast the bottom of my laptop every month or so, the dust comes out the keyboard and it's fine. I do this whenever my computer starts shutting off, because it's a case of overheating and the laptop going into "protect me" mode.

Yeeeaaaahhh... I think I need to, seeing as I can't remember the last time I dusted it out.
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
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Probably a heat issue.

It's generally a good idea to NOT immediately try to turn back on any sort of hardware you think was overheating. It will probably just turn right back off because it hasn't cooled, but you can cause damage if you keep it overheating. Calmai is correct. Let the thing cool off, get a can of compressed air and a vacuum cleaner and go to work on the vents and fans while it's turned off. Don't touch the vacuum to any of the interior, they have a bad habit of generating static charge. But touching it to the exterior case and vents is fine.

If it won't power on after you let it cool and clean it, better hope it's under warranty and Apple will do an RMA, because your processor or some other hardware probably died. If it IS under warranty or some sort of protection plan, don't tinker with it beyond cleaning. Especially if you don't know what you're doing.

Just to emphasize it a bit more, if cleaning and cooling DO cure it, please try to be a bit more proactive in not letting it reach the point where your system needs to shut itself down to protect the hardware. It will murder the life span of your equipment, not to mention data loss etc. Regular dust removal, maybe a cooling pad or something. Prevention is the best medicine and whatnot.
Edited by Lellex on 9/26/2012 2:43 AM PDT
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Remember, always take the simple solutions first. If those don't work, then look for more complex problems.
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90 Pandaren Monk
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Well, I'm able to turn it back on now after dusting it out a bit... I think I'm not going to play WoW on it until I give it a good cleaning, though.

Thanks guys for your help. :3
Edited by Meiyue on 9/26/2012 2:56 AM PDT
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Heating issue, most likely. Check if your laptop has dust collection. IF so, clean it out asap. Get some proper fans for the laptop as the battery and machine itself loves to heat up quickly as it plays video games. I use a small fan perfect for a desk, and a laptop fan just to keep my laptop in check.
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100 Dwarf Paladin
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Macbooks are infamous for overheating. Make sure you're always playing on a solid surface where the heat vent can work without being obstructed. Get a cooling base if possible, and look into getting a tool such as smfFanControl that overrides Apple's "keep quiet" setting to pump those fans up earlier than the default.
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