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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by greenbrucelee, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I was just wondering what do you use to clean dust out of your computer?

    I know compressed air is the preferred method but I was wondering if there is some sort of suction device that could be used. A guy at work today told me he had to clean out his pc today and I asked him what he used and he said he used the hoover :blink

    I would not used the hoover myself but something similar but not as powerful would be nice.
     
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  2. Phoenix
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    I use compressed air and am microfibre cloth
    compressed air is a tad expensive these days,

    a hoover? id love to see how that turns out lol
     
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  3. rax

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    When I was younger, out buying my first PC from PCworld, I swear I saw one of them using a miniature hoover to clean out a PC... :dry

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    I've always heard that using an ordinary vacuum cleaner for the inside of your PC would promote static electricity and risk damage to the internal components, but I did a quick Google and see that it seems a rather common practice. I do know that small specialty vacuum cleaners are made for using on PC interiors. I understand that compressed air can make a big mess so my personal suggestion would be to use compressed air in short blasts to clean out the dust and have a vacuum cleaner handy around your work area to get rid of any dust after it is blown out of the PC.

    I found a handy article on about.com that seems to offer sound advice:

    http://pcworld.about.com/news/Sep182002id104652.htm
     
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    Compressed air is usually ionized through the work of compressing it so I don't know that I would use it. The other thing it has that's bad for computers is lots of moisture unless you have specifically installed moisture traps on the lines coming off of the compressor itself.

    I can get 4 12 oz cans of DustOff at the Costco store here for less than $9.00 so I use it. It doesn't have any water in it and it's not ionized.
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    Cheers for the replies guys, apparently you can get mini vacs in pc world but they are supposed to be for the keyboard and not for the inside.

    Reading that article in the link, people have actually used them and also some people have put laptops in the dishwasher :blink
     
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    You mean you're not supposed to??? :eek:

    No *wonder* my laptop doesn't work anymore.

    :biggrin
     
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  8. Phoenix
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    Sorry Freddy
    when I said compressed air I meant DustOff equivalents, I don't just throw air through a compressor and hope for the best :)
    one can here will cost more than 9 bucks :)
    think its about 16 bucks a can now
     
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  9. greenbrucelee
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    LOL it is funny what people do to clean their pc or don't do. When I found that pc at the recycling centre a few months back you could not see any of the chips on the motherboard because of dust. The only salvagable part was the hard drive.
     
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    A certain telecoms company i have a contract with issued some new procedures for certain routine callouts a few months back

    in there it said i was to hoover the inside of the customers PC

    sent an email straight back about how many more customers they will loose if it makes their engnieers do such a thing

    needless to say they dropped it from the procedures list

    idiots
     
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    always used a hoover on every pc/server/node ive repaired, its suprising what a little tlc can do. also means it wont come back anytime soon oveheating :)

    grim
     
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    DustOff and soft paintbrushes. (The paintbrush idea I got from Bluerinse.) :biggrin
     
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    I also use DustOff to clean my pc I always have, some of my friends used a vacuum, their pc is still runnning, at least for the moment.
     
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    Canned air if I've got some... my lungs if I don't. Hey... gotta do what ya gotta do. :)
     
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    Long pair of tweezers, then painbrush, then air.:D
     
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    I use an old style shaving brush and me lungs. I just tend to clean outside on a good day so the dust dosen't fly around th eliving room.
     
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    I normally use a paintbrush, but one with natural hairs and not synthetic as these cause static i think.:)
     
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    Cheers everyone for the input, I need to get some canned air for getting the dust out. I also need to get a good pc tool kit lets hope santa is good to me, or someone gives me some money :)
     
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    Use compressed air at work for PCs that need cleaned up. Have not opened up my own PC in years though. :biggrin
     
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    I dare you to open it up then :)

    See how much dust you have.
     
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