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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ema, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. ema

    ema Full Member

    Hi there,
    I've been searching around on how to take the cover off of my Macbook so that I can clean the fans since there's no other way really. (It's the older version of the macbook pro with a complete aluminum body)

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
  2. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    You sort of have to disassemble your macbook, which I wouldn't recommend if you're not having problems. It's pretty easy to break things when you take them apart (I'm well versed in this).

    But if you're still eager, there are some great guides online (one of the benefits of Apple having such a loyal fanbase).


    Videos: http://www.powerbookmedic.com/mac-repair.php

    This sounds stupid, but computer enthusiasts swear by it... Is there a way to attach a piece of pantyhose to the macbook, as a dust filter?
  3. ema

    ema Full Member

    LOL, I really don't know.
    I seriously can't see any vents except the ones in the back. Was talking to my friend and he said to do the compress air or canned air to clean it.
  4. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Yeah that might work, but it might blow the dust into worse spots, laptops are so troublesome. Just don't use a vacuum, creates too much static.
  5. ema

    ema Full Member

    GAHHHH ><
    I really don't want to retire it for a new macbook--plus it's really just the fan problem.

    Yeah, I was thinking of taking it apart but then someone said just canned air. I'm going to go google and see how it's done before I start...hmm
  6. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    How is the dust affecting the laptop btw?
  7. ema

    ema Full Member

    I really don't know...I think it's moreso just my abusing of my laptop :p
    I take it to bed and it's probably overheating since it's on my lap/blanket at times. And I block off the ventilation area so the fans might be going crazy just because of that. I haven't cleaned anything at all, so just thought I should since it's been 2 years and ish already ..yeah haha
  8. damackz

    damackz New Member

    be careful i had trouble with mine
  9. helpmhost

    helpmhost New Member

  10. tenshi888

    tenshi888 Junior Member

    I have a laptop tray with usb fan too, it helps but it can still get pretty hot...but i overwork my comp sometimes
  11. ema

    ema Full Member

    the new unibody ones are a pain to use when they decide to freeze (which isn't often but still). Answering my own question, I could only clean part of the fan because i didn't want to take more screws out. i wish this was covered in AppleCare and we could just send it into them for a cleaning ...

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