Mid 2006 / model number A1181 / black or white case / 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

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Does the DVD drive help cooling?

The DVD drive on my MacBook is dead. I don't really use DVDs much, so I've considered just removing it. I noticed its attached to the fan housing by a piece of metallic tape. I wonder, is the DVD drive being used as a heat sink?

I tore that tape when replacing the fan housing. Is it important to replace? If so, what is it?

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If you have torn it and are not finding any problems with your computer you probably don't need it. I suspect its purpose was twofold--to hold down some wires between the fan and the optical drive and possibly some kind of grounding the prevent rotational noise from affecting the computer. If your not having problems I'd ignore it. Since you are planing to remove your optical drive you might want to consider adding another hard drive or SSD in its place. Ralph

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To answer the other part of your question I do not think the DVD drive is being used as a heat sink. Ralph

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Take a look at this optical bay adapter: 9.5 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

You can always use an external optical drive for the occasional DVD needs.

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Wow, I never considered putting in another drive! Thanks! Have any experience with its effect on battery life?

I was having heat issues before replacing the fan, and I suspected tearing the tape might be an issue, but the new fan + cleaning the heat sink seems to have taken care of that.

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I have no experience with battery life with the additional drive--I suspect it would depend on the drive type and usage. The trade off would be some loss of battery time for increased storage. And if you put a SSD drive in and loaded your OS on it you would have a very fast unit. Ralph

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It is posible to put a fan or cooling system , instead of the Optical Drive ?

A don't need the optical drive, but a need a silent macbook.

Is a white macbook (santa rosa) 2.2ghz .

I hate to lisent the fan while surfing youtube.

cpu is 70º with videos , because no hardware acceleration I guess

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it is to make sure that there is no build up of static and that the dvd drive can dissipate static electricity

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