Blank Screen Issue = Dust !!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by chedda, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. chedda macrumors 6502

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    I always keep my mac pro on the table as i know they are great hoovers for dust. Recently i was alarmed to find both my 30" screens going blank for no apparent reason. Trawling forums and apple discussions i found a lot of similar cases but with different solutions. Of course i panicked and feared the worse, could it be a new logic board was needed or a new graphics card the horror ! However after a deep breath i logically started with the least possible problem. I opened the computer and carefully cleaned out all the dust particularly on the graphics card, hey presto back to normal !! I hope someone in my predicament finds this thread one day and it helps them. I used a dyson hoover to clean although i read this can produce static i took the risk as i don't have access to an airline or a can of compressed air. Dust creates heat which in turn shortens hardware life, everyone be carefull and keep your mac clean, i would also encourage people to keep it off the floor.
     
  2. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    If you find that the fan on your 5870 is beginning to give up the ghost, it is fairly simple to replace it for something a little quieter (providing you are out of AppleCare of course).

    I wrote about my switchover from the stock 5870 cooler to the Arctic Cooler Accelero XTREME Plus here : http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1097022

    Feel free to ask me any questions about the fitting if you need to.
     

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