I’ve now reached the end of my rope. ?My first generation MacBook Pro is wonderful. ?It looks stunning, turns heads in coffee houses, runs well, and I’ve put it through some heavy lifting with tons of video work. ?Tons. ?It has never failed.

However.

The fan simply will not turn off, despite all my attempts to stop it, and despite not running all that hot, ever. ?And this fan is loud. ?It disturbs guests in my apartment. ?I have to turn up the volume on my TV to drown it out. ?It runs when the laptop is open, sometimes when the laptop is closed, starts running the minute I turn it on, and stays running until I shut it down. ?On rare occasions, the fan decides, inexplicably, to take a break. ?It’s always a short break.

This is not normal, no matter what anyone tells me. ?I do not hear other people’s laptops whirring like a hairdryer in a coffee shop. ?They do, however, hear mine.

I’ve done the Google search. ?The user groups. ?The help manual. ? Some guy online suggests taking the laptop apart and cleaning the fan out, which I will not attempt for fear of destroying the machine, so I took it to the Apple store last month, and begged the Genius Bar dude to make it stop. ?Take it apart, clean the fan, do something anything, please. ?Genius Bar dude tells me I have too many applications running, and of course, like taking your car into the shop and the car won’t make that noise it makes when you drive it, Genius Bar dude magically closes an internet browser application, fan goes off. ?That was the last time that worked, no matter how many applications are running. ?Perfect. ?I am not insane, but Genius Bar dude probably thinks so.

I’m emailing this post to Apple. ?I want this problem solved. ?I have enormous amounts of data stored on this laptop, and if this thing goes south, because the stupid fan won’t turn off, I’m gonna be one pissed off Apple customer. ?I love Apple. ?I love my laptop. ?I want this fan to STOP.

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