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    How to clean a computer

    I just opened up my computer you add memory and sound and video cards. When I opened it, the inside looked like dust 101. So I'm hear to ask does it matter to clean? Will I get more speed? Or what? If so, how do I do it?
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    If your heatsinks are filled with dust then it's possible that when you clean them, your processor won't make so much heat, and will be faster.
    But I don't think you'll notice any differences
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    Alright, also will the sound from the fan stop making loud nosies, it's not that loud, but the computer I'm on is not loud at all. Then, like I siad how do I clean it? Do I just use a old rag?
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    You can buy cans of compressed air in a computer store, think that that is the best to do it.
    But do not use your vacuumcleaner
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    garden hose hehe

    Cans of compressed air as above, cut up some hepa filters (the kind used in vacuum filters) and put them over the grills of the intake fans - helps keep the dust bunnies out.

    As far as noisy fans go - get some fine oil like 3in1 or sewing machine oil. Peel the paper sticker off the center of the fan and put a couple drops of oil in each hub of the fan. Replace the sticker. It usually helps keep the fans running smooth.
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    How about music players. Our big $500 worth music player (cd, casette) doesn't play either because of dust. Dust is not visible but what else could have done he damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diether
    But do not use your vacuumcleaner
    Darn I wanted to do that .
    I'll go buy the compressed air this weekend and see if it works.
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    realestate - its very difficult to say what could have caused your music player to stop working. There are alot of things that can go wrong inside any electronic product. Take it to a repair shop and see if they can diagnose the problem and give an estimate on repair.
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    [QUOTE=iluminatae]garden hose hehe

    Cans of compressed air as above, cut up some hepa filters (the kind used in vacuum filters) and put them over the grills of the intake fans - helps keep the dust bunnies out.
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    Problem with this is that the fans will get noisier (or however you write this), because the air has got to go trough the air filter.
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    As mentioned above: can of compressed air should do it, be advised though: take your pc and put it somewhere where dust won't matter (e.g. outside) cause there will be dust everywhere

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    I use a regular air compressor. Got to be careful wit that though because if holding it to close some moist may come with it and it is kinda powerful. Also I found the most dust comes out when blowing straight through the power box. But now I sometimes just take the powerbox off , open it up, replace the fan (it's only $10) and I'm good to go for a while
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    Opening up a PSU is a good way to kill yourself.

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    I just use the hoover on mine, with the brush type attachment, does the job a treat, sucks all the dust out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diether
    You can buy cans of compressed air in a computer store, think that that is the best to do it.
    But do not use your vacuumcleaner
    I was advised that using compressed air could be harmful to some of the circuits. One possibility is that it could wedge a dust particle in the wrong place and screw things up bigtime.

    I've used my vaccuum but the connecting parts aren't metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl
    I just use the hoover on mine, with the brush type attachment, does the job a treat, sucks all the dust out.
    Combine it with a can of compressed air and you've got one spotless computer

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    Heard somewhere that if you use the vacuumcleaner you'll creat electrostatic electricity, and that could do a lot more damage...

    And if they sell (and use) cans of compressed air in computer stores then I don't think they can do so much damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipwhite
    Opening up a PSU is a good way to kill yourself.
    How's that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diether
    Heard somewhere that if you use the vacuumcleaner you'll creat electrostatic electricity, and that could do a lot more damage...
    I'm not saying you should run the hoover straight over your components Keep it a safe distance and use the compressed air for dust the hoover can't reach

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    Quote Originally Posted by maartenvr
    How's that?
    I can only guess that they store a very large charge, and has the potential to kill you similiar to a TV.
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    Bingo

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    I threw mine in the pool to clean it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The New Guy
    I can only guess that they store a very large charge, and has the potential to kill you similiar to a TV.
    I guess that can be, but that is why it is always done using proper grounding in the right area...
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    Clean is important to a computer for several reasons.

    1. Heatsinks & fans loaded with dust CANNOT cool properly and fans loaded with dust and crud WILL start ripping up the bearings (those lovely whining noises)

    2. DUST attracts MOISTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had many many machines come in that fried some part because it was HOT & HUMID and things went ZAP!

    3. Airflow thru the case is slowed down by dust in the fans / vents - again heating things up..

    I dont care what ANYONE tells you .......... HEAT AND MOISTURE WILL slow down a computer (why do you think so many people run coolers - it MAKES a difference), not taking time to clean its parts is just creating a ticking time bomb..

    I highly recommend several things...

    1. Use canned air ONLY to blow out the dust bunnies regularly (compressors have moisture in them)

    2. about every 6 months to a year pull it apart and completely clean it out... if you know how remove the CPU fan (if not find a friend that does) and make sure the heatsink / fan is as clean as a whistle.... if your CPU uses heatsink paste clean off the old and replace it with new Arctic Silver (make sure you know how to do this correctly) ..... make sure you clean out the CD-ROMS and floppy (if you have one) ..... I take cotton swabs to clean fan blades and whatnot.

    3. Any fan thats started whining is saying "IM DYING" ........ replace it for peace of mind (as well as not having to listen to it)

    4. GET THE COMPUTER OFF THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Man this one makes me crazy ..... my clients say "how come its full of cat hair and dust bunnies" ....... well DUH, because its on the floor where ALL the dust settles! ....... Move it up onto the desk or at the VERY least onto a box or milkcrate!

    5. Install VERY THIN filters in your input vents or in front of input fans...... dont get crazy here or you will block the airflow as bad as dust will... I actually use cut up pieces of the wifes hose ....... small enough to catch MOST of the dust but VERY open to air flow...

    Ive been building machines since 99 and I actually love doing it (Im an ex auto mechanic so to me its fun without the grease!) .... the machines that last and last are the ones customers take care of ....... the others ALWAYS learn their lesson the hard way!


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