1 year old mini + dust bunnies

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by indg, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. indg macrumors 6502

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    it's been a year since i've physically moved my 2010 mini. unplugged everything and flipped it over to swap the ram and saw a lot of dust buildup around the rim of the bottom circle base toward the back side where the fan is.

    upon removing the base cover i saw quite a bit of dust buildup in the back half where the metal grate is. used compressed air to blow everything clean, though in hindsight i probably should have used a dustbuster/vacuum to suck out the dust.

    in any case, if you haven't looked at the bottom of your 2010 mini for over a year, now might be a good time to take a look down there. you don't want dust blocking the intake vents. likewise check the rear outtake vent for any dust buildup.
     
  2. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    Generally computer towers should be cleaned once every 2 years.

    But laptops and compressed mini computers, need to be cleaned out once every year.

    Or so is my rule of thumb I recommend. So your fans keep running correctly and to reduce excess heat from the dust.
     
  3. DisMyMac macrumors 65816

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    Might want to cap unused ports too.... or does that trap too much heat?

    I appreciate the optical caps on some cables. It's worth protecting those outlets.
     
  4. Tulpa macrumors regular

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    If a computer is depending on the ports being empty to keep from overheating, that's a serious design problem... :)
     
  5. Snips macrumors regular

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    I opened up my 2010 Mac mini that had been on constantly since November the other day. It's in a typically dusty home environment, and I was expecting the worst...

    Actually I was very pleasantly surprised. A little dust build-up on the fan itself, and on the rear vent, but inside was very clean indeed.

    I used to have a PC in the same spot, and that would build up dust on the internals to a gross level ;)

    YMMV.
     

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