Is your Mac Pro dusty?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Tangerine, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. Tangerine macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2007
    Is your Mac Pro dusty inside or very clean? How often do you clean it and what method have you use? I open mine and was shocked to see how dusty it is. My ATI Card that I replace with an aftermarket fan now collecting a lot of dust inside. How do I safely clean all the dusk out? I was going to use an Air blower to blow it out, but I'm scare it may damage my Mac Pro because it's too powerful. Should I just buy the Air Blow Bottle at CompUSA?
  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    this happens with all computers? :rolleyes:

    just blow out all the dust bunnies with canned air/vacuum/whatever you fancy. just nothing too strong - it should just remove the dust, not the components with it.
  3. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Absolutely, the dust that gathers on the main fans at the front and back of the system is amazing, plus the design of the cooler on the ATI X1900XT card seems to end up clogged at the air inlet quite quickly.

    The fan on the graphics card only seems to spin up to an audible level whenever there's something 3D-intensive going on, so when I can hear the fan spinning up occasionally whenever I'm just browsing the web etc, then I know it's time to give the graphics card cooler inlet a quick blast from the air duster :)
  4. piltupso macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2006
    Mine is crazy dusty as I live in a small town with dirt roads. I was hoping to find a little computer vacuum but the only things I have been able to find so far is a useless looking usb powered model or a $300 professional kit.
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I sprayed my iMac with canola oil so it cannot collect dust.

    Okay, I didn't really. That would be silly.
  6. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Oo! *Sprays mad jew with canola oil*
  7. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Techies use canned air for a reason. Vacuums cause static electric build up which in theory can damage electronics.
  8. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I actually have some canned air but didn't think to use it inside the Mac Pro - I normally just use it on keyboards. I'll most certainly have a cleanup during the week, blast some of the dust away.

    Last time I was inside the case I didn't actually notice much dust, other than clogged in the useless cooler on the X1900XT. Maybe that contributed to it overheating... hmm :D
  9. Blogger macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2002
    I lick mine clean once a week.

    My Mac Pro gets dustier than any computer that I have owned in the last 25 odd years (no doubt because of the wide open Mac Pro cheese grater). Those with the ATI card, listen for its fan spinning up more often and use that as a trigger for the canned compressed air blow out. Instant quiet.
  10. jameskohn macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2006
    Safe way to vacuum?

    Last night I opened up my Mac pro for the first time in a long time in order to add RAM. I was amazed at how dusty it was in there. I'm reluctant to use canned air just to blow the dust around. Is there a safe way to vacuum in there to actually remove all that dust?
  11. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Don't touch anything inside the computer with the nozzle of the vacuum. Plastic tubing and moving particles of dust + sensitive electronics = potential disaster
  12. deathshrub macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Christmas Island
    It would be much safer to take it outside and just blow it out with one, maybe two cans of compressed air. I wouldn't even risk taking a vacuum to my multi-thousand dollar machine.
  13. Graphis macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2007
    Get an Ionizer!

    These great little machines just silently plug into the wall, and are alleged to improve your mental/creative facilities by pumping negative ions into the room where you're working. I can't verify the truth of that, it may just be subjective, but the ionizer does attract dust, so if you have it plugged in at the opposite side of the room to your Mac, 90% of the dust in the room will go over there, and not be sucked inside your Mac. Simple, but it really works:)
  14. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I have similar issues with my PC desktop. Just take some canned air and a vacuum with a hose attachment. Blow out the case with the canned air, and use the vacuum to suck the dust bunnies out of the air, so you're not actually poking around inside the computer with the thing.
  15. robogobo macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2005
    Sitting down facing front.

    Negative ions are such a downer. I only want positive ions in my life.
  16. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    My 1st gen Mac Pro gets extremely dusty. I try to use canned air to clean things up at least every 6 months.
  17. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    here is what you do.

    1. download and install smcFanControl.
    2. crank your fans up to full blast.
    3. pop the side off your mac pro
    4. spray some canned air in there and watch the fans evacuate all that dust.
  18. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    You need a DC powered vacuum cleaner. Often found on sites like and other computer sites. A regular AC powered vacuum cleaner could destroy your expensive computer without you so much as even touching it (static).

    I also highly doubt the effectivness of a computer vacuum in this case. I'd sooner just blow it out with canned air.
  19. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    I come to find that popping out the Optical drive bay area or taping down an unused Optical Slot helps is clearing out dust from that compartment and as well as the PSU area, where you dont want a huge dust build up!!!

    speaking of which its that "time of the month" again to clean her up! =)


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