How do I clean the cooling fans on my MBP?

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  1. majordude macrumors 68020

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    I have a two year old MBP. How do I clean the fans of dust?
     
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    I usually just stick my vacuum cleaner up to the vents to take the dust back the other direction. :)
     
  3. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Pop the top case off and blow the fans out with a can of compressed air.
     
  4. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The vents are that slot that run along the back of the computer right below the screen? Sucking it from there (the exhaust) is the same direction as the airflow.

    It's not that simple. There must be 30 screws to remove to get into a MBP.
     
  5. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a

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    Agree with the OP. The compressed air is a good idea, however i wonder if anybody can explain whats the best way to apply it (how, what direction?)
     
  6. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Opposite direction of airflow. Do the heatsinks first, THEN the fans, as the heatsink-cleaning will throw more dust into the fans.
     
  7. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    What heatsinks?!
     
  8. zioxide macrumors 603

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    I have the same exact MBP. It's fairly simple, and takes me about 5 minutes to open the case. I've done it at least 5 times (for hdd swaps and cleaning). There's 4 screws on each side, 2 on the back, 4 on the bottom, 3 for the ram cover, and 4 in the battery compartment. Just unscrew them all (you need a tiny phillips and a t0 torx.) and then pop the top piece off (start near the display and pull forward). Disconnect that one ribbon cable from the logic board (its just a pop on fit thats taped down) and then then take the case off. You'll hear a snapping sound, but thats just the snap fit pieces opening up. They aren't breaking, so don't worry about it. Once it's off, you'll have access to the fans and you will be able to clean them off.
     
  9. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    What did you think the fans blew into? Those little rectangles of black fins between the fan shrouds and the outer case are heatsinks. They are connected to a heatpipe, that covers the chips.
     
  10. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

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    You mean apple uses plain old heatsinks??? :eek: I thought that they would use magical fairy dust! I've always thought that was the reason Apple's products are more expensive.
     

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