Thermal Paste on MacBook RAM ?!?!

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  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    I just popped open the RAM slots of the brand new MacBook I got yesterday (to upgrade to larger chips) and the connecter part of the included RAM (the part that fits into the slot) has a white, chalky residue all over both chips.

    Is this thermal paste?

    If so, how much f----n' thermal paste did they apply to this thing that it leaked all the way to the RAM slots???
     
  2. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    would you mind posting a picture? unless you already cleaned them off.
    There SHOULDNT really bea thermal paste there, but i guess that's obvious.
    they'd have to apply a pretty freaking lot (as in more than they do already) to have it "leak" all the way to the RAM.
     
  3. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I was taking the pictures as you posted that reply ;)

    I'll have them up in a minute...
     
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    I think it didn't really "leak" to the ram, what'd be more likely is the tech accidentally got some on his hands and just rubbed it off somewhere.. :(
     
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    Now I'm worried - should I put these new chips in?

    Should I return it?

    It already had a dead pixel that kind of ticked me off - this is just making matters worse...
     
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    Yeah, but it's so well placed on just those edges. And the chips sort of face the processor on that side. AND the one that's closer to the processor is the one on the right, that looks like it has more than the other...
     
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    Here's the best shot I could get of one of the RAM slots.

    I looked in there with a flashlight and there's a lot of the same dry white stuff in the bottom of the slot. You can just make it out in the picture:


    [​IMG]
     
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    That looks like water damage, not thermal paste... There seems to be brown stuff on it too.
     
  12. generik macrumors 601

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    Hmm, I can't really see what I am supposed to look out for, but the ram modules do look "dirty".
     
  13. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    If the RAM was working fine before, I don't see why this would be a problem. Thermal paste is non-conductive, so I can't imagine it would cause any problems if it hasn't already.

    Of course, if you have a dead pixel and want a replacement MacBook, bringing this up could help "convince" them to replace yours.
     
  14. TommyLee macrumors regular

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    i got it too...

    So do thousands of other people. I hate not knowing wtf is going on. i want to be in the loop, Apple.
     
  15. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Woah! Stop! No conspiracies here.

    It is a lithium lubricant that is used when the machines are assembled too help the RAM seat into the socket.

    Not a thing to worry about.
     
  16. krye macrumors 68000

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    That does not look like thermal paste. That looks like corrosion. I've seen the same thing on laptop RAM that suffered a water spill. I'd return the machine if you can. Putting new chips in now might just create a short. (If it is indeed not thermal paste.)
     
  17. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Wrong. See post 2 above
     
  18. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    guys right, i read an article at the apple website about "white, chalky, dusty," substances like this, they said its just lubricant. i'll dig around for the article since it explains how to clean, etc.
     

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