Recently I upgraded my Macbook pro with the following:
The following could be the usual suspects I thought, one of the upgrades and the fact that for my work, I would be running a host of softwares preciesly the reason for which I had increased RAM in the first place.
After some, what else, googling, I figured that many people had experienced heating problems after upgrading to snow leopard. Come to think of it, Snow Leopard should have made the laptop a lot cooler or probably the Snow Leopard could not acclimitize to the new environment!
The Chill Pill Solution
If you are suffering from the same problem, the following steps could as well help you. They did help me.
sudo rm -r /Library/StartupItems/FanControlDaemon
Now even with all the softwares such as Virtual Box, 2+ heavy Java processes, Flash Builder; I have the operating tempearature around 65. With normal web browsing usage, the temperatures touch around 50. The problem per se is not the operating temperature, but if your laptop runs at high temperature constantly and finally crashes, which did happen to me more than once, that forced me to find a fix.
Finally, take Activity Montior’s help to keep a tab on CPU usage.
I am a polyglot software engineer specializing in shipping iOS and 3d scientific visualization applications.