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Crazy ants & a solid metal – Macbook pro

Posted by jimstech on May 29, 2016

All of a sudden while starting my lappie, as a macbook user, most of us are well known to the initial chime with the DVD drive engagement sound. But to me on that day, the drive engagement sound was totally different and the initial boot took some seconds more.

Thinking that some thing is going wrong with the drive pre-check at the booting time, my macbook has already arrived the desktop screen. Within some minutes i could able to see uninvited guests popping out from the keypad area.

To my surprise, not just one or two..!!!!!, a bunch of crazy ants trying to come because of the warmness it felt from the processor. i’m pissssseeeedddd….. 😦 .. yes really.

Is the apple metal tastes soooo sweet for the ants ?????? 😯

To respond with my uninvited guests, i’ve just quickly turned off the machine and prepared myself to openup the rear cover. Yes,., shocked to see the whole bunch of crazy creatures around the DVD drive area and HDD area. But, Thank God..!! those creatures were happy to roam around the logic board and not top of it..If in that case, the PWM or some of the SMC’s could have went short.

Have a look at the below images for the uninvited creatures.!!!


Logic board – Macbook pro

All tiny black dots (above and below) are ANTS having their team meeting to plan for the next set of a adventurezzzzz..!!!!!


rear case – Macbook pro


But this given me a chance to do a maintenance cleanup – usually the processor fan and the logic board.

Beware..!!!! do not pour out any alcohol type cleaner for cleaning without disconnecting the battery from the logic board. Do make a note of the screws location while disassembling. This model has 3 different set of screws (Unibody 2011 models & later) for holding the rear case and never try to push wrong screws into the holes.


Macbook pro – Battery connector


Unibody macbook pro – 2011 model screw locations


I think this is the 3rd or 4rth time the rear case is opened up for maintenance activity. Happieeeeeeeeeeee that there is no damage for any of the internal parts :).


After few weeks of usage, i could able to understand that the internal speaker/woofers diaphragm is eaten by these creatures..!! looking out for a quality replacement 😦


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