Originally Posted by Lord Amhran
Apple ][, can you detail exactly how you cleaned your MacBook. I recently ran into the same issue on my '07 MBP and need to clean it out
Mine was also from 2007, a Macbook.
I found a guide on iFixit for my model, then I basically just disassembled most of the entire machine. We're talking about almost everything, every small part that is on the inside. Make sure that you keep track of all of the parts and screws, because the plan is to put everything back together again of course. You don't have to remove 100% of the parts from the inside, but you have to remove enough so that you are able to access everything that needs to be clean.
Then I went down to my local pharmacy and bought the strongest alcohol that they had available, mine was around 96% I believe. I then started putting some of the parts into small containers that were filled with alcohol, and gave them a bath. You just dip the parts in alcohol for a few minutes. This is a few years ago, so I don't remember everything 100%, but I don't believe that I put the harddrive into the alcohol bath. I had a regular drive at that time, not an SSD, and I think that I just cleaned the outside of it. The whole motherboard and the case also got an alcohol bath. There was a lot of goo on the motherboard.
Coke is very sticky, so I also used a toothbrush and Q-Tips to clean some of the goo out of the parts and inside the computer. After you believe that you have cleaned whatever needs cleaning with alcohol, then you just have to wait, while you let everything dry. I needed to reapply some CPU paste to the CPU, because the heatsink also had to be removed. I wasn't sure how long to wait, but to be on the safe side, I believe that I waited for practically a whole day (24 hours) before I had the courage to turn the machine back on again.
After I put everything back together again, I booted up the machine, and to my surprise, it worked, since I had never done anything like this before. I'm not a computer repair person or anything like that.
It turns out that the keyboard was still a bit messed up after I had fixed my machine, so I ended up buying a new keyboard for the Macbook, which cost me about $100, and after I got that, my Macbook was as good as new. I got at least a few more years of use out of that Macbook, after I fixed it, and the whole thing ended up costing about $100 for the new keyboard, so I was very happy indeed.
Good luck with your machine.
Edited by Apple ][ - 8/23/14 at 2:20pm