"There's no problem with the thermal paste."

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by skipsandwichdx, May 25, 2006.

  1. skipsandwichdx macrumors regular

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    Just got off the phone with my brother, an Apple genius. I asked if he'd like to crack my MBP open and reapply the paste. He said, and I quote, "NO! Just update the firmware, there's no problem with the thermal paste."

    But it's pretty obvious there is (or was?) some overzealous pasting going down. How can a firmware update fix an abundance of grease?

    I'm guessing it increases fan activity, but won't that diminish battery life even more? Now I'm a bit worried about opening it myself, because I'll never hear the end of it if I screw up.
     
  2. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it turns the fans on more. No idea what effect this has on battery as I only have a Mac Mini, but my mini is now far cooler, and far noisier than before.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Theoretically a firmware update could re-calibrate the sensors to account for the extra thermal paste. However, I'd personally attack the bastard with a can opener and drain the extra juices. Don't use your tongue for this last bit.
     
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  5. skipsandwichdx thread starter macrumors regular

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    I searched and couldn't find what the firmware update actually does, so I asked. And I provided a little input from an Apple employee.

    If you don't like it, don't read it, and certainly don't post about it, please.
     
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  7. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Chill man. Isn't it fairly obvious that if the thermal paste is applied badly that a firmware update isn't really going to help?

    They might be able to make the machine run cooler by limiting performance, but if your thermal paste is something that worries you, open the thing up and fix it.
     
  8. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Did you read the MacDev article?
     
  9. Timepass macrumors 65816

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    Apple admiting they f-up. Yeah that not going to happen. Really apple just needs to fess up anda admit that they are used to much pasted and that where the heat issue has been coming from. Not try to cover it up with a software bandaid for a hardware and design issue that is really easy to fix.
     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Hmm. The guy in the MacDev article applied the Artic Silver (properly) and saw a 2'F reduction in his case temperature. The only thing that made his laptop cool to the touch was the fans running all the time (when he accidently forgot to hook the thermal sensor back up).

    This is the million dollar question, IMO:
    http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2006/05/23/thermal-paste-question.html?page=1
     
  11. stefan15 macrumors regular

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    MacDevCenter--
    A reader with an objective viewpoint will notice that their test subject's initial situation is not as bad as both the assembly manual and other instances reported. They had a unit with a modest (yet still somewhat heavy) amount of thermal grease, and therefore the benefits from modifying that setup are minimal..

    Whereas in some cases, there seems to be a significantly larger amount applied, therefore re-applying the thermal grease in that situation would yield a larger improvement.
     
  12. ToddW macrumors 6502a

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    i pity the fool who don't know how to apply thermal past
     
  13. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The point I got from the story was that even with Artic Silver applied, his MBP was still too hot, and the only thing that cooled it down to a comfortable level was fans.
     
  14. chosenwolf macrumors 6502a

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    The SMC Firmware update is only available for the 15 inchers because when I try to update my 17" the self-installer prevents it from doing so. My 17" gets so hot that one of these days I'm going to flip it over an fry some eggs on it :p
     
  15. Abulia macrumors 68000

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    Unfortunately they totally neglected to measure the heat PRIOR to changing the paste. The 2 degree difference was between MBP "A" and MBP "B," so it's really not a valid test.

    For all we know, post-paste, the computer saw a 15 degree drop in temperature. All we know is that the "fixed" unit is now within 2 degrees of a "non-fixed" unit. Doesn't tell us a whole lot.
     
  16. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    IMO, if a "fixed MBP" feels like above, then I don't see why any nonfixed MBP couldn't feel like that.

    It really seems like the fans are what caused that experience, not replacing the paste.
     
  17. Abulia macrumors 68000

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    Sure, if they disconnect the heat sensor and have the fans running full bore, every MBP could feel like that.
    Agreed. The downside is that running your fans like that a) is loud and b) will kill battery life.

    With that said, some users have seen great benefits in re-applying their paste. This person was not one of them.
     
  18. someguy macrumors 68020

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    I redid the thermal paste application in my PowerBook G4, now it's nice and cool without any audible fan activity. Go me. :D
     
  19. Abulia macrumors 68000

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    Makes me want to rip apart my wifes PB and see as well as my work PC (ThinkPad) too! :D
     
  20. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    FWIW, he says that there's no noticable difference in his subjective experience of heat before and after the "surgery."

    But I agree, the lack of an objective "before" temp is a glaring omission that mostly ruins the article. :-/
     
  21. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Why would they have run full bore all of the time?

    I think that if the fans kicked on full bore when the system was doing something "heavy" (like the MacDevCenter guy was -- compiling subversion or whatever) and then throttles down when the CPU returns back to normal (i.e. when the compile is over), life would be a lot better.

    A lot of people who didn't touch their paste felt a big improvement with Apple's last SMC update. I think that once Apple gets all of the variables right and releases another SMC update that life could be a whole lot cooler -- without mucking iwht the paste. :)
     
  22. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Ack! My work stock ThinkPad T42 and T60 are very cool running machines!!! :eek: :D
     
  23. bbrosemer macrumors 6502a

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    my 17'' MBP is running fine temperature wise even when I am playing half life 2 i can still keep it on my lap
     
  24. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    why do u guys keep bıtchın u knw apple dnt gıve a shıt and plus why buy a faıled product thas why ı stuck wıth my rev d powerbook no probs at all so dnt buy the macbook tıll all ıssues are resolved that wıll teach apple
     
  25. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    cuz i kneed 2 run windoze on my mac portable & virtualpc sux & actually i thnk sites like http://intelmactemp.com r going 2 teach apple more (& kwiker) bcuz they get more publicity.
     

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