Temps high and fan spins higher than usual.
So after an incident where the fan connector came loose. The cowling melted (slightly). After reconnecting the fan, everything seems fine. This mini is a server model and is dual-booting OS-X Server and normal High Sierra. On Snow Leopard server, it runs fine and not too hot. But, on High Sierra, it goes up to 90C and the fans go full speed. I made an AHT USB drive and all test pass just fine.
Is it an SMC issue? Do i need to replace the cowling, thermal paste or board? Or should I try reinstalling High Sierra?
I wrote a little batch script that checks the temps every second and outputs it to terminal. On the OSX Server, everything’s chill as usual. But, on High Sierra, the mac boots, temps are around 57 degrees (ok looks fine), then they ramp up 0.1-0.2 degrees every second until it hits around 76. Stays there for a minute, fans roar. Temps go down, fans ok. But there’s not a single process using much CPU and the activity monitor pins the CPU at 90%. I will try resetting the SMC, NVRAM etc. and if that does not work, try reinstalling the High Sierra install. But will have to back everything up first.
Again, i don’t think a melted cowling should cause these kind of issues. But I could be very wrong.
I had an emergency and wasn’t near my system. I took a screenshot about every minute. The die does seem to get HOT. Maybe thermal paste? But it also only happens starting 30s after it logs in, and then a few mins later it seems like nothing happened… Will definitely reinstall macOS High Sierra because that just isn’t right.