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HT3226 how do I clean dust from inside Mac Pro?

646 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 8:45 PM by Vulch1 RSS
Michael JS Cox Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Sep 23, 2012 10:23 AM

I have compressed air, but I know it also can leave some residue, even when it is held upright (never ever use compressed air from a can held other than upright!). But is there something like a mini-vacuum cleaner? I don't want to blow the dust and cat hair further into the machine. When using compressed air it tends to blow it everywhere...what about compressed air plus holding, nearby, the operating end of a vacuum cleaner hose?

Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.8GHz quad-core, 16GB RAM
  • Vulch1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have just cleaned my Mac Pro. Yes you are on the right track. I pulled out the processor assembly at the bottom, the SuperDrive tray at the top (both very easy), and the graphics card (at little bit harder),  and with compressed air in one hand, and vacuum cleaner in the other, I blowed and vacuumed out all the dust, there was heaps! 

     

    As others have suggested, use the compress air conservatively and in brief bursts, and only when the vacuum can't get to or dislodge some dust. I've had one graphics card fail due to the build up of dust in his fan fins, so I recommend getting it out and cleaning those little fins - which will probably be clogged with dust.

     

    My Mac Pro now runs much quieter, and happier I suspect. 

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