Mid-2010 13" Upgraded RAM/SSD/Battery now heating up
I just recently upgraded my Mid-2010 MacBook Pro 13” to 16 GB of RAM (2x8 GB), as well as a 500 GB SSD and lastly, a new replacement battery (all new components).
I currently run High Sierra 10.13.6 on a 2.4 GHz processor. All upgrades went well (my first attempt - thanks to all for detailed videos!).
What I’`m experiencing now is a somewhat intermittent heating up of the upper left-hand corner, the magnetic DC power connector area, of the laptop. The heat (heating up) can cover approximately over 1/4 of the keyboard area (figure “ESC down to fn” and from approx. &7 and to near the space bar). Basically my left leg takes the heat.
My question is what could possibly be causing this intermittent heating.
I do not have any taxing programs running, just Firefox or Safari with at times, multiple tabs opened. Activity Monitor doesn’t show any culprits that I’m aware of (then again, I am still learning the ins/outs of A.M.).
I’m wondering if I should purchase and replace the MagSafe DC-In Board as well as the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody and MacBook 13" Unibody Fan. I mention the fan because it hasn’t kicked on recently when I had AM processes running over 162% CPU (MRT was the culprit - free version of Malware Bytes that I hadn’t fully deleted). I did go in remove the fan and gently cleaned the area (definitely had dust). My current magnetic power cord (original Apple) works and charges fully, no problem.
So to sum up:
- What could be causing this intermittent heating up of the upper left hand quadrant of the board (right now as I type this, things have cooled down)
- Should I be concerned or just monitor the situation until…
- Should I buy and replace one or both the MagSafe DC and the fan; and finally, if I do buy both, can I just buy the used fully tested parts on iFixit and are the used fully tested covered by the same warranty as new?
I was just hoping to keep my mid-2010 MBP running for a while longer (1 yr+) while I watch the new MBP market offerings.
Thanks in advance.
TG Pro Screen Shot:
Hi DAVID (whoops, not Dan) - Good timing. Was thinking I should post an update. So, I did install your suggestion of TG Pro which I purchased - I had to in order to get an actual status on the "Diagnostics" section of the app (although probably not the most revealing of detailed data I'm thinking). I'm going to post a screen shot of the "hottest" my MBP got. I have many screenshots over the last few weeks. In my quick estimate it seems to run hot in upper left section of laptop whenever I'm streaming any video content that is actively loading (stopping/starting). I continue to monitor with TG Pro and I *think* this may be the norm given that it is 9 yo. Any thoughts/feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks.
BTW, the fan never kicks on with new replacement parts (RAM, SSD & battery). And yes, I have reset SMC since my original post. Maybe things are okay although still on battery sensor/northbridge learning curve.
- TG Pro Screen Shot embedded in my original question (above). **