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Fan Control is a hassle-free fan speed manager for MacBooks.

Do you think your MacBook or MacBook Pro is running too hot? Then give Fan Control a try. Some MacBooks (Pro) are just to hot for daylong use. Fan Control adjusts the minimum fan speed depending on the current CPU temperature. For safety, it leaves the original automatic fan speed control intact.

What's New

Version 1.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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JoshC2199 Member IconReview+0
JoshC2199
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Absolutely horrendous, DO NOT INSTALL. I'm now having to gut my OS and reinstall as there is no uninstaller. It began to cause problems with my wifi and my Macbook wouldn't shut down without straight away rebooting. After 6 hours of trying to get rid of it, I can't. Again, don't install this awful and useless piece of software!

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Version 1.2
Kyle_C Member IconReview+11
Kyle_C
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I wasn't able to assess it's performance a bit because after installation the app is.... just Not there. It's impossible to find the app.
It's not in the Applications folder, it's not in the Launchpad, it's nowhere.
Second thing is that after installing this app I installed Macs Fan Control and as it appeared This app (Fan Control) somehow changed my minumum rpm from 1500 to 2000. And now it's impossible to change it back. Even SMC reset doesn't help.

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Version 1.2
OskarS3554 Member IconReview-2
OskarS3554
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It sucks!

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Version 1.2
Mudflapper
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@OskarS3554: That doesn't help anyone. When you post something like that, experienced users will just think you have a personal vendetta against the author or you have your own competing app or something. But noobs that don't know better might not even try the app because of your comment. That's not fair.

Please tell us why you think it sucks.

OskarS3554
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I couldn´t control the speed of my fans, it just said that I had installed another fan control program. This was the first time I tried fan controlling.

I am sorry for any inconvinience with my previuos comment.

Crus13 Member IconReview+8
Crus13
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Works perfect on my mac mini 2011(Lion) and MBP 2008( lion and maveriks/SL dual boot).
I see those errors in the console but the macs run perfectly.
Keeps them quiet and only ramps up when in load.
The fact it loads Preferences 2nd time is because is 32bit app. and reloads Preferences in 32bit mode.
There are many other apps in a mac that are 32bit.

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Version 1.2
falcn.ua Member IconReview+1
falcn.ua
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I have undervolted+underclocked C2D mac. This app can set the base fan speed to 1000rpm, way below default minimum of 1800rpm.
I'm very happy with the result.

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Version 1.2
John-Sawyer-CJS Member IconComment+86
John-Sawyer-CJS
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I found a bug with Fan Control under Lion (OS 10.7) and presumably later versions of OS X: it will generate error entries every few seconds that you can see in Console by viewing the "All Messages" option, and this excessive error reporting will dramatically slow down the Mac. The error will state:

kernel: SMC::smcReadKeyAction ERROR F1Mn kSMCBadArgumentError(0x89) fKeyHashTable=0x0xffffff80119c8000 [the specific fKeyHashTable figure will vary]

The problem still occurs with the last version of Fan Control (1.2)--note that it hasn't been updated since Oct 2007, and Lion was released in summer 2011. I did an Internet search on this problem, and found that other people are seeing it too, with Fan Control being the cause. The fix is to use Activity Monitor to force-quit the process named FanControlDaemon, then trash the folder named "FanControlDaemon", which of course contains the daemon file itself, at /Library/StartupItems, then trash the "Fan Control" System Preferences pane at /Library/PreferencePanes. You don't have to restart the Mac to make the change take effect. Fan utils that don't cause this problem, and are still being updated, include Macs Fan Control and smcFanControl.

I started seeing this problem yesterday when I updated my Macbook2,1 (Mid 2007) from OS 10.6.8 to 10.7.5. The Fan Control software remained in place through the OS update. I notice that someone in the Troubleshooting tab for Fan Control's entry here on MacUpdate reports that the Fan Control installer won't even work under Lion and later, requiring you to manually open its package and move its files where they're normally installed, but you shouldn't even do that.

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Version 1.2
Ger-Teunis
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Tried to contact the developer about this. Sadly no response.

Tschoepler Member IconComment+5
Tschoepler
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It wont work on my Retina MacBook. "Macs Fan Control" works for now. I'll come back if this gets fixed.

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Version 1.2
Justin5580 Member IconReview+0
Justin5580
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Simple little application, great for when you are doing something that needs a little more cooling than usual.

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Version 1.2
John-Sawyer-CJS Member IconComment+86
John-Sawyer-CJS
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I notice that on the developer's web page for Fan Control, it says this:

"Please note that the use of FanControl is only recommended for first generation MacBook (late 2006) and MacBook Pro (early 2006) machines."

I looked for explanatory documentation from the developer on this, but it doesn't come with the download, and it's not posted on the developer's download page. I notice some people posting reviews here say they're using Fan Control with other models--could this be why some people are seeing unexpected behavior with it, like the left fan RPM readout showing zero RPM, and the right fan reading -1 RPM? That's what I'm seeing when I run this utility on a MacBook2,1, which is a later model.

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Version 1.2
danielnyc
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Running OS X 10.6.8, I downloaded Fan Control 1.2. I boosted mt fan speed to the max and gave me absolutely no control. Moving the sliders on the dashboard has no effect whatsoever, the fana are stuck in high speed. Any suggestions?

Jolli107
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I am running FanControl on our old 2006 Core Duo Macbook Pro with Leopard/Snow Leopard and our 2011 Core i7 with Mountain Lion. Both work fine. The newer MBP actually benefits more, since it runs much hotter plus it has an additional internal HDD in place of the optical drive.

John-Sawyer-CJS
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The problem with Fan Control reporting that my MacBook2,1 fan (turns out it has only one) was at zero RPM, was because the fan really wasn't spinning, which explains why it was getting so hot (and shutting down). I was planning on opening the Macbook to see if the fan was clogged with dust, unplugged, had something jamming it, bad connector that attaches the fan to the logic board, etc., but just before I was about to do this a few days ago, the fan started running, and Fan Control began reporting proper RPM figures for it. Of course, my Macbook then began running cooler. The problem with the fan not spinning apparently started about a year ago, before I installed Fan Control, but I didn't realize the fan had stopped, so my first attempt to deal with this was to buy a laptop cooler that has its own fan, onto which you place your laptop, and that helped a lot, but the Macbook still overheated when watching even low-resolution YouTube videos for a few minutes, since video causes the processor to work harder, and once it got too hot, the Macbook would shut itself off. Then I installed Fan Control a little over three months ago, and I didn't see a change in this behavior because of the non-spinning fan. Since the problem was something that Fan Control couldn't do anything about, I guess I didn't get a chance to really evaluate Fan Control, but it's nice to have the Macbook's own fan running again. I don't know why the fan suddenly started to spin again, but I doubt if Fan Control had anything to do with that. I still plan to open the Macbook to check if there's anything about the fan that should be fixed, and if it happens again, I might replace it with a new one.

plecto Member IconReview+23
plecto
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Works smoothly for me on Mountain Lion. I like the fact that it enables to automatically increase fan speed as CPU temperature increases, a feature I could not find in other similar apps.

Was not working previously on my former Snow Leopard installation however.

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Version 1.2
plecto
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Accessing and changing the app settings could be improved, as it requires accessing systems preferences twice.

plecto
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I have to change my review, as I think it is no more working on my machine with Mountail Lion installed.

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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Downloads 794,894
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Type Utilities / System
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Date 27 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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