Will mb be cooler without CD-drive?

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  1. folky macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering could i cool down my macbook black by taking off the cd-drive. How hard is it to remove it? Will there be any erros when i start the computer without cd-drive?

    I've opened the case many times and cleaned it and i also know what kind of softwares i am using. Still the computer gets very hot (fan start to spin fast) with light load.

    The best scenario would be that you could install new fan to replace the cd-drive :D

    PS i know that the cd-drive is not heating up the computer but there would be much more space for air circulation.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I'd suggest you leave the optical drive in the Macbook. Blackbooks, like your's, do get very hot and spin their fans a lot even under a light load. There isn't really anything that can be done about it.
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    If temp is what you're after, have you tried using smcFanControl to keep the fans running a little faster at their default speeds?
     
  4. folky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The noise is the issue. I dont want the fan to spin constantly. This is how maybe 2 fans (the extra one on the place of the cd-drive) would keep the overall noise lower.
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Another one in the optical drive area will not help. It'll just move hot air around in that little place. Where would you get power for it as well?
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    AFAIK, your fan already constantly spins, you just don't hear it until it gets into higher RPMs (4000+?)

    If you bump it up 500RPM (just a tiny bit from default RPM), it may keep it cooler longer, before it has to rev up to a RPM that you can hear.
     
  7. folky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The same place the cd-drive gets? And also there is the hole where the cds get in to give more air.
     
  8. folky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And btw yes i know that the fan is spinnin constantly but the noise is not there before the higher rounds.
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    But there is no heat sink for the fan to cool off and the cd slot is slim and covered with a fabric to keep dust out. Hence, very little air could be forced through it, even with the protective fabric removed.
     
  10. folky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok that's good point. Thanks for the information.

    Still, any experiences removing the cd-drive? Will the computer boot normally?
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    Yes, it runs fine without one.
     
  12. folky thread starter macrumors newbie

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  13. Shani Clinton macrumors newbie

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    Re:Will mb be cooler without CD-drive?

    Booting do not depends on cd-drive.So do not worry about it.

    Shani.
     
  14. blackburn macrumors 6502a

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    if your brave enough you could change the thermal paste. Apple usually did a sloppy job on older macbooks
     
  15. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a

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    +100. Change the thermal paste and make sure heatsink is reattached well. That will fix it.

    And I can confirm as well that these Macbooks will work without an optical drive just fine. Taking one out requires removing a few screws including a tricky one under displays/speaker cables. Not too hard though.
     
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I don't think removing the CD drive will make it cooler. The CD drive doesn't contribute to the heat unless its in use... If your blackbook is getting hotter than you would like, try turning the fans up with SMC Fan Control or try using it in a cooler enviroment and on a cool, hard surface ;)
     

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