Is your MacBook Pro getting too hot? Are you feeling the burning sensation in your thighs from your MacBook Pro after using CPU intensive apps? If yes, then you might want to check out smcFanControl. This free GPL licensed utility controls fan speed of every Intel Mac computers so that the machine remains cool. It allows users to set minimum speed of the in-built fans in the system to maintain its temperature. However in order to ensure that your machine is not spoiled, smcFanControl does not allow you set minimum speeds below the limit set by Apple.
smcFanControl Snow Leopard Features
This utility boasts of a number of features:
- It allows you to monitor current temperature (either in Celsius or Fahrenheit) and allows you to assign several minimum speeds for each fan using a slider user interface.
- It also allows you to apply different settings, as you change your power source.
- With the smcFanControl 2.2.2, support every Mac OS release has been added.
- Fans get displayed in the menubar.
- Fans of Macpro and iMac are read in the initial startup of the system.
All you need to do is to use this utility with caution and ensure that you never set the speed below the limits prescribed by Apple. This utility software always keeps the fans in automatic mode.
smcFanControl For Mac OS X Lion
The new version of smcFanControl (2.3) supports Mac OS X Lion and it also fixes a crash which occured on startups of some macs.
smcFanControl iMac Requirements
Sometimes you may find that smcFanControl is not working. This might be because of the fact that you do not have the system requirements to run smcFanControl. Here are the requisites to run this application:
- Intel Mac
- Mac OS X 10.4 or higher version
smcFanControl For Windows
As of now you cannot set minimum fan speed when you are operating under Windows OS, as smcFanControl is a native OS X app. But if you got both Mac OS and Windows OS installed on your system and set a minimum fan speed in OS X using the application and then restart into Windows, the settings are not lost and the new minimum fan speed is used on Windows for that particular session.
In order to uninstall smcFanControl, all you need to do is to drag it into trash. It is to be noted that changes you have made using smcFanControl gets lost once you shutdown you machine. The minimum speed of fan goes back to the default value of the system.
smcFanControl Leopard Download
smcFanControl is a very suitable program for cooling down your laptop if it is getting overheated regularly. But as said, one has to use this program judiciously and with extreme caution and precautions to get the most out of it.