Dust and the nMP

puckhead193

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May 25, 2004
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Any new mac pro owners have taken a look inside their "towers"..

I was rearranging some wires and my god I took a peek... :eek:
The last image is the inside top case where the dust is stuck
 

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Gav Mack

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Jun 15, 2008
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An air line through the top sorts all that out but don't wear a pair of decent trousers doing it. It was really caked, your pic was almost like the after but it was doing 3dsmax renders in a demolition site portocabin. One I should have recorded on video for prosterity :D
 

P00t

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LOL I'm OCD about dust too.

Just today I was inside my 2010 Mac Pro and dust was all over the place, so I went around with some IPA on lint free wipes and you wouldn't believe the colour that was coming off and I only did the front fan and shelf.

I've been tempted to invest in an air compressor (not those canned versions), especially for the PSU and mainboard where I can't get to with wipes etc

I need to do an spring clean inside one of these days.
 

Gav Mack

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LOL I'm OCD about dust too.

Just today I was inside my 2010 Mac Pro and dust was all over the place, so I went around with some IPA on lint free wipes and you wouldn't believe the colour that was coming off and I only did the front fan and shelf.

I've been tempted to invest in an air compressor (not those canned versions), especially for the PSU and mainboard where I can't get to with wipes etc

I need to do an spring clean inside one of these days.
100 litres of denatured isopropyl you could give it a lovely soak though you might blow your house up but it certainly did bring a 4,1 with smoke damage totally back to life and sparkling after. Thank my lucky stars big brother still has his engineering shop with all his goodies including a huge extractor hood along with lathes, mills and all the other things I don't have including an absolutely massive compressor and air line system.

Proper compressors are good but they aren't quiet or clean either, I would cart the Mac Pro to a friendly garage or workshop cos the dust gets everywhere. Anyone who has ever blew an air line through a PowerMac power supply will relate to that :D

My 3,1 is overdue for its annual blow out at big brothers, he won't notice a bit of computer dust in the slightest unlike my office.
 
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Gav Mack

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What brand Imperial Pale Ale did you use? Didn't it leave everything kind of sticky?
I thought about adding a greene king pun in myself. :)

We have a winner in the compressor wars, think my brothers is bigger but it's absolutely filthy as muck unlike Zwhaler's sparkling red can. Re-engineering automatic gearboxes isn't exactly a clean room kind of environment :D
 

Cubemmal

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Jun 13, 2013
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Compressed air is a suboptimal solution, especially when using a construction compressor. There can be issues with contaminants in the air, not to mention the mess, and it doesn't do that great a job anyhow. You really want a static safe solution that removes the dust.

The best I've found is a static dissipative ('static safe') dust capturing vacuum from 3M that they designed for their electronic service techs. Essentially its a toolbox with a vacuum inside, with a variety of attachments so you get the mechanical action from the brushes which really cleans the dust off.

 
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