iMac G3 Thermal Pads

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  1. noone macrumors regular

    noone

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    I recently acquired an iMac G3 (Snow) and I'm planning to fix it up/clean it up for a friend as a gift. It is my understanding that Apple used thermal pads instead of paste on the G3's and that I should replace it with new.

    I have two questions:
    1) How many/what parts have thermal pads? (I haven't torn it open to see, I only want to take it apart and put it back together once.)
    2) What is the thickness of the pads? There are several thicknesses available but I have no idea which one I should get.

    Thanks for any input!
     
  2. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    If the pad isn't dirty or torn, you can reuse it. They don't have a shorter lifespan like thermal paste.
     
  4. noone thread starter macrumors regular

    noone

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    Good to know. I had just assumed that after 17-ish years they'd need to be replaced. I'll check them out when I crack it open later this week.
     

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