Weird Burning Smell From MacBook White Vent

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  1. den_lim

    den_lim Active Member

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    Can anyone tell me about this weird burning smell coming from the vent of my macbook white?
    so far, it's running ok. but i'm asking just to be on the safe side.
     
  2. mindless

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    Probably just the scent of the PCB/motherboard. They tend to have a burnt smell.
     
  3. chetiboy

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    macbooks have this scent when they're brand new. is yours new?
    proceed carefully and make sure that the bottom of your macbook is well ventilated. sometimes i use this fugly laptop stand from cdr-king when mine gets a little hot.

    hope this helps
     
  4. Clarice

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    It's not normal but it's also not that unusual. I don't know if that makes sense. Hehe.

    I would keep the back bottom elevated if I were you. Just make sure nothing's blocking those vents when you're using the Mac.
     
  5. Hero33

    Hero33 PhilMUG Addict Member

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    It may be the brand new mac smell. I had mine on my Macbook Pro for a few weeks.

    That, or fried ants.
     
  6. madmax168

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    Try installing the smcfancontrol app and check if the operating temp is within limit.
     
  7. trevorstile

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    I also need help with my white macbook. As of this writing, there's a burning smell in the center vent where the hinge holds the LCD and bottom panel. The laptop understandably overheat with usage but this peculiar smell of burnt plastic is freaking me out. I installed smcfancontrol and running it at higher RPM but the temp. is at 56 deg. celcius. I need help please...
     
  8. bad_boy

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    ^Stop using it and bring it to an ASP ASAP.
     
  9. Salaryman Ryan

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    I agree with Bad Boy. Have it checked ASAP. The new Mac smell certainly smells different from a burnt smell.
     
  10. neilc

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    Probably fried ants bro :) but if it continues to smell for a 2 days or more, bring it for service bro.
     
  11. Mad Mac

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    You can't rely on speculation. That Mac needs to be checked in person.
     
  12. Zoey

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    I agree, when my younger brother played video games on my Macbook Pro for a whole day straight, my Macbook Pro actually shut down by itself because of overheating. I checked it out and it was really hot but no burnt smell. So there must be something wrong with your machine and it is best to have a professional check it out.
     

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