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Powerbook battery cover come off

Message #1 - Posted 2004/06/24 - Ian McCall

Hi.

Hmm. Annoyingly, whilst trying to disconnect the battery before sending my 12" Powerbook off to Apple for repair to the keyboard and case, the top metal cover has come off. The battery was in so tightly that it simply jammed in the casing, and a fair amount of effort to dislodge. Unfortunately, that effort also took the casing off.

Well, no bits were lost and the battery is still operational. Just looking at it, the metal top seems to have been smeared on with a paste of some kind. I'm just wondering - would this just be simple thermal paste? Ie. could I go and buy a tube of PC CPU thermal paste and use it to re-attach the cover to the battery?

Cheers,
Ian

Message #2 - Posted 2004/06/24 - Chris Ridd

On 24/6/04 2:01 am, in article 2junbdF15msc3U1@uni-berlin.de, Ian McCall wrote:

Hi.

Hmm. Annoyingly, whilst trying to disconnect the battery before sending my 12" Powerbook off to Apple for repair to the keyboard and case, the top metal cover has come off. The battery was in so tightly that it simply jammed in the casing, and a fair amount of effort to dislodge. Unfortunately, that effort also took the casing off.

Well, no bits were lost and the battery is still operational. Just looking at it, the metal top seems to have been smeared on with a paste of some kind. I'm just wondering - would this just be simple thermal paste? Ie. could I go and buy a tube of PC CPU thermal paste and use it to re-attach the cover to the battery?

It could also be glue, I guess.

Cheers,

Chris

Message #3 - Posted 2004/06/24 - Peter Ceresole

Ian McCall wrote:

Just looking
at it, the metal top seems to have been smeared on with a paste of some kind. I'm just wondering - would this just be simple thermal paste?

What Chris said; it's most probably glue.

Peter

Message #4 - Posted 2004/06/24 - Ian McCall

"Chris Ridd" <chrisridd@mac.com> wrote in message news:BD002DBA.22EDE%chrisridd@mac.com...

It could also be glue, I guess.

Thought about it just being glue - not sure really. The thing is, the 12" Firebook is well known for dispersing heat by channeling it directly through the user..

That's why I wondered if it was thermal paste. These things can get a bit warm, and if I just add glue where thermal paste was needed then I imagine I'm building up trouble for the future. Thing is - I don't know if it's glue or thermal paste.

Think I'll give myself some heavy CPU tasks, run it on battery and see if the battery gets hot. If it does - paste. If it doesn't - glue.

Cheers,
Ian

Message #5 - Posted 2004/06/24 - Peter Ceresole

Ian McCall wrote:

Thought about it just being glue - not sure really. The thing is, the 12" Firebook is well known for dispersing heat by channeling it directly through the user..

Yes, but the metal covering the battery is very unlikely to be part of this mechanism. The battery itself doesn't get particularly hot- in fact in this case it probably insulates you from the inside, where the CPU and video chips are the ones that seem to glow gently... The fan stirs the air about inside, and the air transmits the heat to the metal casing. But the battery cover isn't in contact with the inside air. It's probably there mostly to keep the outside looking neat.

Peter

Message #6 - Posted 2004/06/24 - X Kyle M Thompson

Ian McCall wrote:

"Chris Ridd" <chrisridd@mac.com> wrote in message news:BD002DBA.22EDE%chrisridd@mac.com...

It could also be glue, I guess.

Thought about it just being glue - not sure really. The thing is, the 12" Firebook is well known for dispersing heat by channeling it directly through the user..

That's why I wondered if it was thermal paste. These things can get a bit warm, and if I just add glue where thermal paste was needed then I imagine I'm building up trouble for the future. Thing is - I don't know if it's glue or thermal paste.

Think I'll give myself some heavy CPU tasks, run it on battery and see if the battery gets hot. If it does - paste. If it doesn't - glue.

Why don't you get some thermal epoxy? Best of both worlds.

RS155-8320

Usu. carcinogenic, though!

kt.
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Message #7 - Posted 2004/06/24 - Ian McCall

"X Kyle M Thompson" <news.arghbuggrit.23.kylet@spamgourmet.com> wrote in message news:2jvjpbF15tal9U2@uni-berlin.de...

Why don't you get some thermal epoxy? Best of both worlds.

Why not indeed?

RS155-8320

Excellent - thanks for that. Seems to be the answer I'm looking for.

Cheers,
Ian

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