Power Mac G5 White Stuff in Processor Heatsink!

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    keremtezcan

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    I have attached an image. Is this normal? I have a Late 2005 Dual 2 Ghz Power Mac G5. Does anybody know what the problem is or is it normal?

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    El Awesome

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    That's a leak of the watercooling system!
    Turn off & unplug the machine immidiately, otherwise you can seriously damage the whole machine!

    Then take off the cooler and buy a new one.

    No seriously, this can ruine your whole G5!
     
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    Intell

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    Only problem with that is the OP has a 2.0Ghz model, which is aircooled. Thus, no leaking coolant.
     
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    I don't know what it is. Wipe it off and you're good to go.
     
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    keremtezcan

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    It's air-cooled. Besides the water cooled ones heatsinks are different. Sure, I could try wiping it, but what IS it?

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    It's been there ever since I got it from EBay. It doesn't come off, it is permanently there I think, but I'll try again.
     
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    skateny

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    I've never seen this before, so I can't say I know what it is.

    I'm wondering whether or not it's either dirt that got sucked into your rig that's calcified over time, or some sort of paste/glue that the owner was sloppy with while doing some sort of maintenance or repair?

    In any case, I use acetone (i.e., nail polish remover) to remove glue and other stubborn substances. Unless anyone here thinks this is a bad idea, I don't see why it would cause catastrophic damage. If you use acetone to remove glue or other nasty substances from your casing, it can cause unsightly smudges on plastic surfaces.
     
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    keremtezcan

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    Hmm... I don't really care if the stain stays there because I don't care about how it looks on the inside. I just want to know if my machine is broken.
     
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    skateny

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    You never said whether or not your rig currently works properly, unless I missed this. If so, wipe that stuff off and get on with it.
     
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    keremtezcan

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    It works fine, it's just that something could be broken and it could spread and get worse over time, that's what I'm worried about.
     
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    Just looks like something splashed from the floor.
     
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    666sheep

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    It looks like thermal grease. If so, it's rather gray than white.
     
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    cocacolakid

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    Almost looks like the previous owner spilled milk or something in it. The trail of it looks like it was a spill.
     
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    keremtezcan

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    Yeah but it is permanent, so is it glue or something?
     
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    Corrosion. Is it a third-party heatsink?
     
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    El Awesome

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    My mistake, sorry. I somehow connected the Dual 2.0 with watercooling
     

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