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i was just wondering how often i should open up my imac and possibly ibook to give them a good air-dusting...

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In my time as a Mac engineer I have been amazed at how little dust manages to get into these systems, so generally I wouldn't worry about it. Also consider that taking them apart isn't easy (especially without the Service Manuals which are only available to Apple trained and approved engineers) and it would mean voiding any warranty/AppleCare you have on them.

 

If however you did want to do it either yourself or via Apple/an AASP for a small amount of money then the best way to do it is with a can of compressed air every 12 months or so. It takes 5 minutes for any iMac but much longer for an iBook because of the time required to get into the things.

 

Note to anyone attempting this: Firstly I suppose I should re-itterate that I don't recommend it. The real point here though is that compressed air freezes if you hold the can upside down, so keep it the right way up to avoid damaging any parts and don't mess around freezing yourself as you can cause cell damage to your skin.

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compressed air freezes if you hold the can upside down

 

hmm, maybe I can use it to freese the inside of this wasp nest in a the crook of that tree next to my house...

 

I would definitely recommend having a trained technician do it for you. I opened up my PowerBook and had to get the superdrive in it replaced because I dropped a screw in there and it started scratching/shredding any media I put in. You'll only have a problem if your cat insists on shedding right in front of the intake and you operate the thing on the floor all the time. You really shouldn't need to have it cleaned at all...

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oh ok... that makes sense now that i look where the intakes are on my imac... they're pretty strategically placed so dust can't get in, so i guess i'll just leave it alone so i don't do something stupid!

 

(compressed air is fun though!)

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In my time as a Mac engineer I have been amazed at how little dust manages to get into these systems, so generally I wouldn't worry about it.

 

My G5 Power Mac has a lot of dust in it right now. I need to pull the side off of it and blow it out now. I think it depends on where one has the computer sitting. However, for the past eight months, my Power Mac has been sitting three feet off the floor on a desk. Still, however, it has a lot of dust and the rooms that it has been in really aren't dusty, because my wife is allergic to too much dust. :rolleyes:

 

Seriously... I think every person's experience may vary on this one.

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My G5 Power Mac has a lot of dust in it right now. I need to pull the side off of it and blow it out now. I think it depends on where one has the computer sitting. However, for the past eight months, my Power Mac has been sitting three feet off the floor on a desk. Still, however, it has a lot of dust and the rooms that it has been in really aren't dusty, because my wife is allergic to too much dust. :rolleyes:

 

Seriously... I think every person's experience may vary on this one.

 

My G5 Powermac is also pretty dusty inside. It sits on the floor in a fairly dust free room. Apart from not holding the compressed air upside down, are there any other things i should be aware of before giving it a dust, i.e components i should leave well alone?

 

Thanks

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well powermacs u have to remember are almost entirely perforated on the front and back giving dust the run of the place... those are also alot easier than an imac to open up and dust so you guys are lucky :unsure:

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My TiBook is 4 years old, never been cleaned inside, and there is literally no dust in it when i lift off the keyboard. Yet, every year old desktop I've ever opened I could pull fist fulls of dust out of.

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Power Macs are also very different because they drag in a LOT of air, which the other mahcines don't. Power Macs are much more PC like in their build where other Macs seem to fair well in this area.

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I would suggest vacumming the computer instead of using compressed air. To me it makes more sense to suck it out and throw it away then to blow it out back into the air.

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Vaccuming can cause issues with static and also does a generally pretty poor job compared to compressed air. As long as you do so in a decently clean environment and vaccume up what you got out (if it's that bad, which I doubt) then you will be much better off with air.

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What is a good way to clean out your keyboard without taking off all the keys? Could you use compressed air on that? You could probably gently vacuum an external keyboard. But I wouldn't want to vacuum my built in MacBook keyboard.

 

I know that vacuuming around displays such as TVs and computers can have a permenant harmful effect.

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Try a foam cleaner which will get in all the nooks and then use compressed air to gently blow it out. That's what I have always used.

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Try a foam cleaner which will get in all the nooks and then use compressed air to gently blow it out. That's what I have always used.
Foam cleaner? I'm gonna need more information than that. Where do you buy it and compressed air? Foam sounds harmful.

 

Now is that for an external USB keyboard or a built-in laptop keyboard? I want to know how to clean both.

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Foam cleaner? I'm gonna need more information than that. Where do you buy it and compressed air? Foam sounds harmful.

 

Now is that for an external USB keyboard or a built-in laptop keyboard? I want to know how to clean both.

 

Here in Australia I'd get that that stuff from a place called Officeworks, I think the US equivalent is Office Depot/Staples etc.

 

The foam cleaner and compressed air are normally sold in containers like aerosol cans. Foam cleaner is quite safe on keyboards, just don't use loads of it. Rather than spray the foam directly on the keyboard spray it on a cloth and then wipe the keyboard.

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There are different foam cleaners you can get so read the label as to whether it can damage electrical parts and bear it in mind when you buy it. We would get it in the UK from a specialist computer or electronics store such as PC World or Maplins.

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