thermal grease?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RonJ83, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. RonJ83 macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2004
    i cant believe i am writing this but i cant even begin to express my disappointment with apple right now. i purchased a macbook 2ghz to hold me over until i see the ultra portable and today i decided to upgrade the ram. upon me removing the ram there was white grease all over the module and on the pins. i have no idea what it was, it looked like white lithium grease but i can only assume its thermal grease. i plugged in my new dimms and they did not work, luckily right now i am assuming they are DOA cause the original dimms do work even after cleaning them off and plugging them back in. heres the kicker, when i removed the upgrade dimms, guess what was on them...yup white greasy stuff. i am very disappointed at this moment as my 12inch pb was a gem.

    /end rant
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Several people reported poorly applied (usually way too much) thermal grease in the earlier MB & MBP model that had all the heat issues. I'm surprised this is still happening.

  3. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    I noticed this the other day with my brothers rev. B MacBook. I upgraded him to 2gb and upon removing the RAM I noticed white stuff on the pins. I thought my brother spilt something, but he didnt. It looked like a milk colored
    paste. I ignored it and installed the ram no problems. I just hope nothing happens later on.
  4. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    if you searched more you will find that it is NOT grease...well thermal grease anyway.

    its a lubricant to get the RAM into the slots easier. You even saw that it didn't affect the RAM. The new RAM is DOA.
  5. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    I have noticed the same white residue on many macbooks ram modules. I've had no problems and I also believe it's lubricant.
  6. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    It's a lubricant used when installing the memory card during the assembly of the MacBook.

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