Insect in Macbook Air!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by KarSans, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. KarSans macrumors newbie

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    I was working on my MBA when a small fly fell from the roof or something on the vent below the screen and the fans sucked it. There was some noise at the starting but onlu for 5 seconds or so. I tried to take it out but couldn't. I resumed my work. I noticed that the brightness was dimming and brightning up on its own.

    What should I do?
    Is using a compressed air can a solution?
     
  2. Wackery macrumors 6502a

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    that fly ain’t coming out without taking it apart
     
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  4. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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  5. KhunJay macrumors regular

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    While we're on the topic of opening up MacBooks, I recently opened mine to change a battery and saw a bit of dust that I didnt like.

    Was thinking of compressed air but wasn't sure if it would harm the internals....is it ok to use liberally?
     
  6. dear.leader macrumors newbie

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    Absolutely ok for cleaning out the inside of your MacBook. You're not gonna harm anything in your computer with canned air. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to harm anything at all with a can of compressed air.
     
  7. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

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    I've been lucky. I have liked all the dust I've had to clean out. Must have been more personable or something...
     
  8. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Frost bite, if you really try. Or a serious headache for huffers. Or hit someone with the empty can. That's about it without deconstructing the can to create a rudimentary knife.
     
  9. adrianlondon macrumors 6502

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    Turn the computer off and put a spider next to the fan intake.

    If that doesn't work and you had a desktop you could try a small bird, but a laptop maxes out at spider.
     
  10. Macintoshrumors macrumors member

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  11. KhunJay macrumors regular

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    with material like that you should be on saturday night live.
     
  12. MacWanker macrumors newbie

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    Install macs fan control, set to 6500 and blast it out
     
  13. jlseattle macrumors 6502

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    LOL, this topic cracked me up. The insect will either fly out or pass away in the computer. My vote is to shut down the computer, get some compressed air and just spray the heck out of the keyboard/vents and such. Most likely you'll be able to knock the body loose and he'll fall out.
     
  14. 960design macrumors 68020

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    So.... there's a bug in the system?
    Sorry... could not resist.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 11, 2017 ---
    When does the "old lady" come in?
     
  15. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Put some honey near the vent to feed it. It will smell it and get out, maybe.
     
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  17. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you'd be hard-pressed to harm something, but you could... it's possible to chill the components to the point that condensation accumulates, and where there's water, there's potential for a short circuit. But normally, no; someone inexperienced repairing this kind of gear may be more likely to do accidental damage than the compressed air would be.
     
  18. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

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