How to clean my Macbook Pro fans?

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  1. CleanMyFans macrumors newbie

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    I have a mid-2009 Macbook Pro and unfortunately it is my only computer so I do all of my gaming on it (I have Boot Camp).

    The problem is whenever I play any game (whether on Mac OS or on Windows), there's a chance that after a few minutes my FPS will suddenly drop to around 2. It doesn't matter what game it is, whether it's Crysis or Warcraft 3 it happens eventually.

    After trying to solve this for a couple of years (by reintalling OS, switching from XP to 7, etc) I've reached the conclusion that the only reasonable explanation for this is that there's dust in my fans and my GPU starts overheating whenever I play a game.

    So my question is, how do I clean my Macbook's fans? Also I'm not really good with this kind of stuff, so is there anyone who would do this for me? (Can I take my Macbook to an Apple store and ask them to clean it?)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Baklava macrumors 6502a

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    Yap, do it. I cleaned them myself and there is definitally a difference in noise.
     
  3. Chris 123 macrumors regular

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    Not sure if this is the correct way, but what I do is use SMS fan control and crank up the fans to max for about 30 seconds and you can see all the dust fly out.
     
  4. Baklava macrumors 6502a

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    Not much effective, wouldn't recommend this.
     
  5. CleanMyFans thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But will the Apple store take my Macbook and clean it?

    Sorry that doesn't sound very healthy.
     
  6. Baklava macrumors 6502a

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    It's the Apple store! :) I don't think they wouldn't help you.
     
  7. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

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    Just take the bottom panel off your MBP if your MBP is a unibody model. Then just use pressurized air to blow gently into the fans and the dust will come out. Keep using the air can to blow into the fans until all the dust is gone. Enjoy!
     
  8. FreyGrimrod macrumors newbie

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    ground yourself first! and use duster or something like that and ground yourself again (touch the inside metal case of a desktop comp plugged in with a good house ground or something don't want static electricity to ruin your day is the big worry with this one) I suggest against an air compressor because there is a higher risk of lubricating oil getting mixed into the air which you don't want on your mother board.

    Those two cautions and yup should be as easy as ^^^ I clean mine every 6 months or so?
     
  9. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    The question is rather, what would they charge to help you? $$$$$
     
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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  11. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    Uhm, Vacuuming may cause severe ESD issues, you are aware of this, yes?
     
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  13. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    However, I noticed a product a while ago, compressed air on a spraycan, that might be useful :)
     
  14. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Hmm I've been doing it since PowerBook G4 and had no problem with vacuuming. It rather took all the dusts out.
    I had no problem with ESD as well.
     
  15. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    I open my unibody aluminium MacBook and swab all the dust out :D
     
  16. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    A couple of years? And you think it is a dust problem?
    That sound like a broken cooling system from the get go if the problem existed this long.
     

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