Fan Control
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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
Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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OskarS3554 reviewed on 27 Mar 2014
It sucks!
[Version 1.2]


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Crus13 reviewed on 12 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 1.2]


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falcn.ua reviewed on 07 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 1.2]


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John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 11 Jul 2013
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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Ger-Teunis replied on 11 Aug 2013
Tried to contact the developer about this. Sadly no response.
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Tschoepler commented on 27 May 2013
It wont work on my Retina MacBook. "Macs Fan Control" works for now. I'll come back if this gets fixed.
[Version 1.2]


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Justin5580 reviewed on 13 May 2013
Simple little application, great for when you are doing something that needs a little more cooling than usual.
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John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 22 Mar 2013
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.
[Version 1.2]

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danielnyc replied on 16 Apr 2013
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?
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Jolli107 replied on 06 May 2013
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.
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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 11 Jul 2013
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.
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plecto reviewed on 03 Feb 2013
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.
[Version 1.2]

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plecto replied on 03 Feb 2013
Accessing and changing the app settings could be improved, as it requires accessing systems preferences twice.
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plecto replied on 04 Feb 2013
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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xdunlapx commented on 17 Jan 2013
Ok I installed this program. Now I wish I hadn't. It is telling me that my right fan is -1 RPM and that my system temp is 32 degrees Fahrenheit which I know is not right, I'm not sitting outside this winter with my computer turned off... Now it's stuck in my system preferences window and I have no idea how to remove it at all. Ugh.
[Version 1.2]

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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 11 Jul 2013
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.
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Melaen reviewed on 27 Oct 2012
This app is great!

I has allowed me to reduce the fan speed on my 2008 MacBook Pro to 1000 rpm! No other programme I found allows me to go below the - far too high Apple default of 2000rpm.

Since i installed a SSD into this system, the Apple default fan speed of 2000 rpm was making it quite noisy. FanControl solved everything! My machine is INAUDIBLE now. And doesn't get hot at all.

And the best thing is that if I do some stressful things, the fans ramp up only as they are needed! Bravo!
[Version 1.2]


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ichimj had trouble on 19 Jun 2011
I have a silver MacBook from 2009, running 10.5.8, and my fan is constantly around 6200rpm. Sometimes the temp is around the high 80s (C), and other times it's not hot at all yet still running the fan. Right now it's at 86 C. I've tried various fan control things for when it's not overheating. This one, Fan Control, I can't find it anywhere once it's installed. It says it's installed in System Preferences, but there's nothing there that's new. Is it hiding in one of the sub categories or something, like Energy Saver or something? It's really annoying... plus my CPU has never been this hot...
[Version 1.2]

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g00glyelm0 replied on 17 Mar 2012
I have run into this issue installed Fan Control before. I don't know what causes it, but for many users the installer won't work properly. Under Lion, it won't work at all anymore. Fan Control itself continues to function normally, though. You need to open the .pkg file you downloaded (with Pacifist, Suspicious Package, or other package viewer), and manually move the Fan Control Daemon folder to /Library/Startup Items, and then double click the prefPane file, which should then prompt you whether you want to install it (you may also simply drag the FC prefPane to /Library/PreferencePanes or ~/Library/PreferencePanes). Also, if you find it is still not working as expected, you may have to go into Users & Groups prefPane (Accounts on SL and earlier), select the Login items tab for your account, and if you don't see "Fan Control daemon" already there, then clock the '+' button, and navigate to the daemon itself (not the folder that contains the daemon and a plist file also) in your /Library/Startup items folder. Hope this helps anyone having problems getting FC installed and up and running. FWIW, I find it to be an excellent utlitiy
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lupuss had trouble on 15 Jan 2011
Installed it on a MBP 2.66GHz / MacOS 10.6.6. After installation there is no trace of a program. Nothing that could be opened or changed. Probably does not work anymore with new hard/software
[Version 1.2]


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Seattlesports had trouble on 30 Apr 2010
Piece of crap, had to install cleanapp to uninstall it. get smcfancontrol much better.
[Version 1.2]


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nubnub had trouble on 24 Jun 2009
Same problem.

Macbook pro 13". Deleted using fan control instructions. Also reset SMC. fan will not increase speed even at 70c. Reinstalled. and fan turns back on. This needs to be fixed.

Also, what happens if i want to reformat my computer? Will i need to install fan control again? Will the firmware be reset if i reformat my computer?
[Version 1.2]


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Eli Levinson had trouble on 22 May 2009
I have dowloaded the file and then installed it using mac install or whatever but i cant get the actual fan control window with the bars and graphs to open.
Thanks
[Version 1.2]

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Teban replied on 28 Nov 2009
Same here. It won't open for me. Still looking for a reason.
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xiris replied on 19 Mar 2011
it installs to system preferences.
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Steve Burns had trouble on 14 May 2009
This is a great app!! Problem I have is that it will not ever set the fans to the max rpm of 6200 for my MacBook Pro 15" unibody. Seems only to get to about 5800. The red line on the graph in the system preferences control panel even indicates it will never use 6200.

Anyone got any solutions?

thanks!
[Version 1.2]


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vietcong had trouble on 28 Sep 2007
when i open fan control, the other fan say right fan is -1rpm, while the left fan is say 2769 rpm, i think the right fan is not working. my macbook model is Macbook MacBook2,1.
[Version 1.1]

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noisebar replied on 05 Oct 2007
Well, that's because MacBook has only one fan.
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evvn had trouble on 30 Aug 2007
Since I installed this program, my fans have been running loudly even at low speeds on my new white Macbook. After completely uninstalling it, 1800 rpm (and even 1500 rpm) are very noticeably loud, where previously at those speeds they were pretty much completely silent.

I was wondering if there is some way that I can restore my Macbook to the way it was before, since uninstalling it and then installing smcFanControl to restore apple's defaults didn't seem to take the problem away.

It still runs cool, so the fans must obviously be working, I just don't understand why they're so much louder now.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
[Version 1.1]


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nightride had trouble on 15 May 2007
So for those who are wondering why the right fan reading is 0 or -1:

If you have a MacBook pro, do a hardware check, write down the error code if any, and bug Apple.

If you have a MacBook, no worries, your notebook has only one fan sitting in the middle. Thus the left fan is actually the one and only fan your Mac has, disregard the right fan reading.
[Version 1.1]


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Huglight had trouble on 06 Feb 2007
I just installed Fan Control 1.1

Can someone explain why the Right Fan is at -1? Does it need to be on and how?

When I installed the software the temp of my MB was 136. It's now down to 127 with the left fan only.
[Version 1.1]

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O5220803 commented on 14 Feb 2007
-1 probably means you only have ONE fan in your Mac's case, as I do in my Mac-Mini.

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Roes rated on 07 Sep 2013

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Ralfy rated on 01 Apr 2013

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heuboda rated on 26 Jan 2013

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Johnbigbootie89 rated on 16 Jun 2012

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Macguru17 rated on 07 Oct 2011

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Ficheirosecreto rated on 05 May 2011

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nx74205 rated on 14 Apr 2011

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Loi rated on 31 Mar 2011

[Version 1.2]


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Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:27 Oct 2007
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.


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