MBP and dust concerns

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    How often should one clean dust from their mbp? I know you can see the fan by taking off the bottom casing. Is just cleaning the fan enough? or would further dissassembly be required?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I recently opened my non-unibody MBP after over 4 years of heavy use and travel. I found almost no dust inside, certainly not enough to impact cooling. Unless you work in an unusually dusty environment, I wouldn't expect you need to clean dust more often than once every several years. YMMV
     
  3. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    and by cleaning the dust out, just cleaning the fan enough most likely? aka the area I see when I take the bottom casing off?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, just a shot of compressed air around the fans was all that was required. I found no dust at all elsewhere, just a very thin film of dust on the fan blades. It really looked like I could have gone a few more years without cleaning.
     
  5. theBostonian Suspended

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    I took my MBP into the Apple Store and a Genius opened her up and cleaned inside.

    I have Apple Care tho so maybe that's why it was free, but it couldn't hurt to try since they tend to be quite laid back.
     

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