Can a piece of paper cause damage?

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  1. Lucbert macrumors regular

    Lucbert

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    Hey!
    I had a problem with my MBP. The piece of alu (back case or backside case or whatever its called) that covers the HDD and the Ram and all that stuff made a clicking noise when i tapped on it. I was a really loud very annoying noise. i fixed it by putting a very small piece of paper in between the cover and the computer chassis.
    I do not think that it is actually touching any components inside.
    Could this cause any kind of damage to my machine?
    I am afraid that it might act as some kind of a connection between the internal components and the alu chassis and cause a short circuit.
    What do you think?
     
  2. m3kilpat macrumors regular

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    Though I am no expert, I'm pretty sure paper isn't a conductor and therefore won't cause a short circuit. I'd be more worried about restricting airflow or catching fire if the machine gets too hot. Either way, I'd have it looked at instead of using a do-it-yourself [unsafe] method.
     
  3. Lucbert thread starter macrumors regular

    Lucbert

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    Thanks for the reply!
    I already took it to the Apple Store but it's super loud in there so the genius said that it was within specs... Don't ask me why as I totally disagree.
    I doubt that it will do anything to the airflow as it is just a tinny tiny piece of paper.
    But maybe you are right about the fire... Does anyone know what temperature it has to be to make paper burn?
     
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    The flash point of paper is 662 degrees F. I think you'll be fine.
     
  5. Lucbert thread starter macrumors regular

    Lucbert

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    I just noticed that I forgot to mention something...
    The piece of paper that I used was sticky on one side. because i used a piece that I cut out of one of these white stickies.
    Could the material that makes it melt do anything bad to my MBP?
    I know im paranoid.
     
  6. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    that sticky stuff would only cause 1 of 2 problems.

    1. leave a annoying residue thats sticky

    2. leave a stain on the aluminum....very very unlikely.

    paper will not harm the machine.
     
  7. moonwalk macrumors member

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    "The flash point of paper is 662 degrees F. I think you'll be fine."

    I don't know about the flash point, but any Ray Bradbury fan will tell you that paper burns at - Fahrenheit 451!

    Wikipedia : The number "451" refers to the temperature at which book paper auto-ignites.

    Still, you should be all right...
     
  8. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Found this on WikiAnswers, thought I'd share.

    "The flash point of paper is 350 degrees C or 662 degrees F.

    The ignition temperature of paper is 450 degrees C or 842 degrees F.

    Source: The Handbook of Physical and Mechanical Testing of Paper and Paperboard - Volume 2 - Edited by Richard Mark

    Bruce Moore-NJ

    trivia - Ray Bradbury wrote a novel entitled Farenheit 451 - intended to be the ignition point of paper. "

    --melman101
     
  9. moonwalk macrumors member

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    'The Handbook of Physical and Mechanical Testing of Paper and Paperboard - Volume 2'

    I guess Bradbury's characters didn't have access to that book - or memorized it improperly...

    So Bradbury should have titled his book 'Centigrade 451?' Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it? O, poetry!

    I think I need a nice long drink of Dandelion Wine...
     
  10. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    if the temperature causes the sticky part to melt and somehow the paper got into the logic board area, there is potential for harm.
     

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