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My Mac Pro stinks

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jcorbo Calculating status...
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Feb 11, 2007 6:52 AM
Hi there.
I got my mac pro about 2-3 months ago. At first it had the "new" smell, but now it really stinks. It makes the whole room smell disgusting and i usually have to leave both windows open all the time.

I dont have a heater in the room and i dont have a dusty carpet or anything. There is about 1ft clearence behind it. It is not on the floor - but on my desk.

I opened it up yesterday and cleaned it thoroughly with an air duster. But it seems to have only made the smell worse! I was suprised at how little dust was inside it, as i thought it could be the dust burning or something.

It smells like melting plastic or some other toxic substance!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)
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    Feb 11, 2007 8:09 AM (in response to jcorbo)
    We can't help you with this problem. Take it to an Apple service center and have them check it out for you.
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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Feb 11, 2007 9:23 AM (in response to jcorbo)
    By the way, what does it "stink" of? Also, have you opened it to see if you can find the possible source of the stink?
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  • landrefl Calculating status...
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    Feb 11, 2007 9:32 AM (in response to jcorbo)
    Does this happen when you are "heavily" using the MP? or is all the time?

    Did you really put you nose to it? is it really that or maybe the monitor? Like Ned asked, what does it smell? Like a dead cat or something burning?

    I have found (not in an MP but a PC) that one of the fans was dead and cat hair was burning up on the video card...
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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,395 points)
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    Feb 11, 2007 10:42 AM (in response to jcorbo)
    Hi jcorbo;

    If it smells like burning plastic, I would get it into Apple ASAP. I would also highly recommend either not using it until they have a chance to look at it.

    Allan
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  • roy ritchie 1 Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2007 7:02 AM (in response to jcorbo)
    So what did you find out?

    I just got a new machine yesterday and I have a "smell" also that seems like plastic or something. Not burning plastic necessarily, but something like a plastic.

    I thought perhaps being a new machine it just had to get aired out and break in a little. I've never experienced this in previous machines.

    let us know what you find out...

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  • roy ritchie 1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Feb 26, 2007 8:35 AM (in response to jcorbo)
    Thanks for the update...

    After a couple of days using the machine, the smell has dissipated somewhat.
    Would you say that the smell stayed bad or did it diminish a little over time?

    I'm really not liking the smell of it that much...



    MACPRO 3.0, G5 1.8DP, MACBOOK PRO 2.0, IMAC G5 2.1   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  • Jose Montanez Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
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    Feb 26, 2007 10:29 AM (in response to jcorbo)
    Hello,

    I just got a Mac Pro too. The booklet that comes with the Mac Pro says "Before you begin, remove any protective film from the outside of your computer and from the inside of the side panel". Before I turned on the Mac Pro I removed the side panel and sure enough there was a piece of plastic on the inside of the panel so I removed it. Perhaps this could be the cause of the burning plastic smell. This piece of film could be easely overlooked. I thought I would mention it.

    JLM


    Mac Pro, iMac G5, 30GB iPod Video, LaCie d2 FW400,   Mac OS X (10.4)  
  • roy ritchie 1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Feb 27, 2007 6:04 AM (in response to Jose Montanez)
    Good point - worth a look...

    I checked this out, but there was no protective film inside. I opened my machine before I plugged everything in, just to have a look at the guts and install some extra hard drives and everything looked ok.

    I'll give it another week and see if it gets worse or better before I decide what I'm going to do.

    It is a bit unpleasant.

    MACPRO 3.0, G5 1.8DP, MACBOOK PRO 2.0, IMAC G5 2.1   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
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