Hmmm, too hot?

Having done some further research on my kernel panicing iMac I am wondering if it is getting too hot?

I had the hard disk replaced recently under Applecare and there are a few posts on the Apple Discussions Forums that show a few people are having a similar problem to me. Alas there is no simple or easy solution, which is frustrating.

I am now trying to work out what is causing the iMac to work too hard so it gets too hot and it appears that Flash may be part of the problem.

I am not sure what to do next, I think I might see if I can improve the airflow around the iMac, and also if there is a way to force the on board fans to start running at a lower temperature, ie before it gets too hot and then crashes.

Longer term I might replace the hard drive, 1TB is too small anyhow, so I would put in a bigger disk, tempted to put in a small SSD and then replace the DVD-R drive with a traditional hard drive. Might lengthen the life of the iMac for another couple of years. It is an i7 with 8GB of RAM so it is still very powerful.

One Reply to “Hmmm, too hot?”

  1. I have the same iMac(end 2009, i7) and also permanently concerned with temps after the hard disk in my previous C2D extreme 2.8 burned up due to heat.
    I think the first thing to do is install some temp measuring stuff, Temperature Monitor by Marcel Bresink I like best, but there is also iStat Pro.(a Widget) Then fan-control program smcFanControl ( which I like best because it’s very non-intrusive(no extensions, no control panels in your system) Needless to say (but I will) use it with moderation, not all three fan full blast.
    Now, I read that the new iMac with only one fan runs a lot cooler than all the previous ones(
    For me, it’s to late. Allready bought a Mini i7.
    BTW: often it is the power supply that is the hottest, also Screenbrightness has a great influence.
    Good Luck with cooling down your iMac. God only knows you’re going to need it. Wietdapp

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