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    Cleaning MacBook aluminum fans
    I need to know what exactly I need to take off (I assume the whole bottom plate?) to clean the fans in my macbook with some compressed air. Tried a search, but couldn't find anything. I'll take directions for the new 13 inch MBP too, just anything to help. Quick confirmation would be cool so I can get this done tonight. Thanks!

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    Hey unfortunately I think you have to remove the logic board entirely to get to the
    fans and fins to properly clean it out if that is what you are trying to do...

    I'm sure you can find a tear down guide at iFixit: Apple Mac, MacBook, iPod, and iPhone Repair Parts
    Ce's GeekBook PC guru wana Be turned Mac geek

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    Quote Originally Posted by csegeek View Post
    Hey unfortunately I think you have to remove the logic board entirely to get to the
    fans and fins to properly clean it out if that is what you are trying to do...

    I'm sure you can find a tear down guide at iFixit: Apple Mac, MacBook, iPod, and iPhone Repair Parts
    Oh... yikes. Well, maybe I'll just give it a quick going over without getting that far into it.

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    Once I popped the back off the MacBook, the fan was easily spotted for cleaning. I didn't remove it or anything, but i blew the dust out in a pretty horizontal way, so I believe most all of it was picked up either by that motion or the cross the bottom and out stream that I jetted in after the fact. My keyboard feels much cleaner, and the spacebar issue I had posted about previously has been resolved. I must have had a crumb or something stuck under there, but it's good now.

    So if anyone's looking, you can do a fair job by doing that. My CPU temperatures are about 10C cooler right now.

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    I didn't even know where the fans were on my MBP! lol suggestions for maintenance for fans so it doesn't crap out like my powerbook would be appreciated!!! thanks
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    I have an older MBP 15" aluminum body.
    There are 2 fans - left and right (under the ~ and the + keys)
    I have to take the top panel off to get to the fans - its a PITA. But, if you ever get a DVD stuck in your "smart drive", you too will learn how its done. Other than that, I don't know how you can clean off the fans - there is no direct access.
    BTW - Get the smcFanControl program. Don't use it to mess with fan speeds, use it to monitor fan operation. I had a dead fan for I Don't Know How Long, but I didn't know it until the 2nd fan died.

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    This is probably going to seem like a stupid question, but is it safe to use regular compressed (canned) air to clean underneath the keys on my new macbook pro 15?

    Also, any recommendations on a good cleaner for the palm rest area and outer body of the macbook?

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    When you say "Aluminum Macbook", do you mean a Unibody or a 1st generation MBP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rudeboyyouth View Post
    Also, any recommendations on a good cleaner for the palm rest area and outer body of the macbook?
    mr clean magic eraser for the palm rests
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnyDaze View Post
    When you say "Aluminum Macbook", do you mean a Unibody or a 1st generation MBP?
    Me?
    I didn't say "Aluminum Macbook", I said "Aluminum body".
    It's a 4 yo Macbook Pro, 15". Not sure if that makes a "Unibody" or 1st Gen.
    I suppose it's 1st generation - there's lots of screws holding it together and it has the 32-bit Intel Core Duo CPU.

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