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Cleaning Unibody MacBook Pro fans?

6337 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2010 7:20 AM by Templeton Peck RSS
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Mar 11, 2010 10:54 AM
Yesterday i upgraded my RAM, and upon doing so, i wanted to clean the fans of all the dust bunnies, but i don't know of any safe way of doing so without messing up the Logic Board or any circuitry. I'm sure it's not safe to use compressed air, as i don't want all that dust to fly in those other spots.

Is there really a safe way to clean them? Thanks
 17" Unibody MacBook Pro 2.8GHz 4GB RAM (Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.2),  iPhone 3G S 32GB Black /  iPod Touch 32GB /  15" PowerBook G4 Titanium 1GHz
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,665 points)
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    Mar 11, 2010 11:05 AM (in response to tool)
    canned air is fine.
    iMac 2.66Ghz, 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (13,900 points)
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    Mar 11, 2010 4:03 PM (in response to tool)
    "I'm sure it's not safe to use compressed air, as i don't want all that dust to fly in those other spots."

    Your concern is valid. Compressed air will push the debris into your computer, and possibly cause problems. The better solution is to use a vacuum cleaner.
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  • Travis A. Level 6 Level 6 (14,970 points)
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    Mar 11, 2010 7:59 PM (in response to carl wolf)
    The better solution is to use a vacuum cleaner.


    I have to just add that I've heard of vacuums actually creating small static charges when in use. Of course, then there's the potential to have something short on the logic board.

    I don't really have any concrete evidence of that, but it's not something I would do to my own machine, just based on that anecdotal evidence. Too large a risk for a small gain.

    --Travis
    Unibody MBP 2.4Ghz, 2GB, 250GB 7200RPM, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 8GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule, 21.5" Alu iMac
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,665 points)
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    Mar 12, 2010 7:20 AM (in response to tool)
    There is no way i'm using compressed air, as i know all that dust will get into other areas and surely screw up the Logic Board or something else.


    Been doing it for years. never had an issue.
    iMac 2.66Ghz, 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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