Safe to use compressed air inside RAM compartment?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ambrose Chapel, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Ambrose Chapel macrumors 65816

    Ambrose Chapel

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    Last night I installed additional RAM in my mid-2010 iMac (8GB now, woo!), and noticed that inside the RAM compartment was pretty dusty. Is it safe to use compressed air to clean that area out? If not, can anyone recommend alternatives?

    Thanks.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    I'm not sure about compressed air. I seem to remember that the moisture content of that can be quite high...

    Edit to add: here is the article I was thinking about. It's about cleaning DSLR sensors but their suggestions are probably good for most electrical equipment. I'd certainly not want to use something with "liquid propellants" on the inside of my MBP.
     
  3. Ambrose Chapel thread starter macrumors 65816

    Ambrose Chapel

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    Thanks. I found a discussion on apple's forums that said powering down and using a vacuum along the outside of the casing should work and be safe...
     

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