DUST KILLS COMPUTERS

KEEP IT CLEAN!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by Chasbo | Discussion: Windows 7

Here goes as quick as possible. September 2010: We get 3 kittens. They get into everything. One of them keeps getting behind the computer desk and hits the button on the power strip which powers off the whole system, monitor, tower, etc. In an effort to stop this I push everything up against the wall and re-organize everything which results in the tower being blocked off. This works but I have concerns of over heating, not enough air getting in. Cut to March 2011. I am having all sorts of problems with the computer. Late last week the dreaded blue screen of death. So I decide to do a factory restore. I have Acronis but my thought was start clean. I won't lose any data so why not? Well all that went good but damnit I get the blue screen again! So I pull out the tower, open it up and horrors of horrors! The inside of the tower is chocked with dust! I am so ashamed! The little air grids under the power supply were completely blocked with dust. The little fan that sits on the motherboard sealed with dust. I take the tower out into the garage and Take the shop vac and set it on blow. I carefully blow out the tower. Dust storm in Valpo! I put it all back together and all has been well since!

CHASBO SAYS DO NOT LET DUST KILL YOUR COMPUTER!

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DrJBHL
Reply #1 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:28 AM

Excellent advice. I'm glad your computer was fixable.

Jafo
Reply #2 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:21 AM

Yrag whinges...but I have 2 squares of toilet paper over the induct vents/fans at the front of my Lian Li tower....stops most of the crap....just like any good old Hepa filter.... and easy to replace regularly - no tools required....

benmanns
Reply #3 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:36 AM

we also have dogs and a cat and i know that the hair and everything is another issue for pc users especially because cats like the heat generated by your Powersupply.
Thats why informed myself a lot in the past what you can actually do to get rid of both the dust and the hair blocking your fans.

I talked to 3 mayor geeks in the case business, and they said that i dont have to be afraid of overheating my hardware sicne if you didnt overclock your hardware nothing will happen.
So first i started with blocking the noise generated by my PC, i bought some Be quit plates and cutted and glued them into my case.
Those things block the noise and allow less dust to come into your case aswell.
Another good thing is it to buy fan dust blockers. They come in diffrent sizes and they are perfect i have 1x120mm fan in my pc and thats it fresh air isnt going into my pc.. But my pc is never over 24-30 degree Celsius inside .
Im looking forward to get myself a even better tower i was thinking a lot about it to not buy a cheap one again.You know those towers that cost 30-70bucks.
I found a tower thats close to perfect and looks very stylish yet minimalistic : Lian Li PC-B25FB it comes with dust blockers a nice layout and it is of course user friendly.And its already based on silence.You can see a video about it on Ytube.
It has 2x140mm and 3x120mm fans quality fans not the cheap things already build in each with a dust blocker.
here is the vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vbrlviM1EE&feature=player_embedded

 
Lantec
Reply #4 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:07 AM

I haul my box out once a month and turn the air hose loose on it. I'm always amazed how much can accumulate in just a month. The last couple months I've been using CoreTemp to monitor the temps on my Quad Core and I can see an uptick of a degree every 2 weeks or so.

yrag
Reply #5 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:31 AM

Yrag whinges...but I have 2 squares of toilet paper over the induct vents/fans at the front of my Lian Li tower....stops most of the crap....just like any good old Hepa filter.... and easy to replace regularly - no tools required....

 

oye...... I'm not sayin' a fuckin' word......

Jafo
Reply #6 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:33 AM




Quoting Jafo,
reply 2
Yrag whinges...but I have 2 squares of toilet paper over the induct vents/fans at the front of my Lian Li tower....stops most of the crap....just like any good old Hepa filter.... and easy to replace regularly - no tools required....


 

oye...... I'm not sayin' a fuckin' word......

See?

I rest my case.....

MadDeez
Reply #7 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:38 AM
jafo, i hope it doesn't have skidmarks when you check it. roloccolor, i have that case, too. my version of it has the black interior and side window. i bought a side panel with a rectangular window, tho. i hated that dogbone shaped windows that came with it. once you go lian-li, you never go back. this is my third one. i blow my case out every week or so. with 2 dogs and a cat, i've always been amazed at how little dust and crap there is in the case. granted,there is always a tad bit but not much. the fan filters do a great job. i'm guessing the editing and formatting features of the forum don't work very well with firefox 4 since this post looks nothing like it did when i wrote it.
Jafo
Reply #8 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:40 AM

MadDeez
i blow my case out every week or so. with 2 dogs and a cat

RSPCA will want to have a chat.....

DrJBHL
Reply #9 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:51 AM

I rest my case.....

dreadful pun.

RSPCA will want to have a chat.....

MadDeez
Reply #10 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:57 AM
there's a period after "so".
DaveRI
Reply #11 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 5:17 PM

Don't forget to check the heatsinks, especially that pesky little one sitting on the graphics card/chipset.  Those suckers get plugged up and they will get hot.

Leo the Lion
Reply #12 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:26 AM


Quoting MadDeez, reply 7i blow my case out every week or so. with 2 dogs and a cat

RSPCA will want to have a chat.....

scorpNZ
Reply #13 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 2:58 AM

My question is how come you weren't aware of the cooling issue don't all cpu fans automatically switch to full blow when temps get to a certain point on the cpu,both of mine do just that usually in summer when humidity gets real high or if heatsink gets full of gunk tho the gunk is less of an issue once i used thin 3-4mm air filter foam to cover the inflow ducts on the tower,dust still gets in thru gaps between dvd rom drives & just about everwhere else..lol..however i do open the side plate to check for dust every 3-4 months so the foams doing it's job there's very little to clean off

Uvah
Reply #14 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:29 AM

How would you do that with a laptop?

I.R. Brainiac
Reply #15 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:20 AM

I fixed one for a friend a little while back...they couldnt figure out what was wrong,it crashed frequently.

The heatsink was so clogged up you couldnt see that it had any fins.

Lantec
Reply #16 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:50 PM

How would you do that with a laptop?

If you feel confident in your disassembly/assembly skills you can take it apart and clean it, however it's easier to just get a can of compressed air and use the vents in the bottom, rear and/or sides to blow out as much as you can.

Uvah
Reply #17 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:47 PM

I can take it apart easily enough. Not worried on that score. I'm pretty good doing that sort of thing. My first computer was a home built made from discards. Worked.

monde
Reply #18 Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:57 PM

That's my problem - my ex used to do all the hardware fixing.  I'm good enough with software, even dealing with nasty malware issues, but taking Max Invicta apart would be a nightmare.  I only have the barest idea what does what not how to clean the stuff properly or disconnect the IRQ cables and stuff like that.

And I'm too proud/embarrassed to whine to my ex about it, I am never really going to be able to get over him unless I stop hanging around him, and his new girlfriend for the past 5 years.  But hiring a professional geek would be sooo expensive.

 

jazzilady
Reply #19 Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:18 PM

I have an HP laptop that gets really hot! Especially when I'm rendering an image in Bryce 7. I render using high settings and about 15 min. into it, the bottom of my laptop is hot enough to almost burn me. It keeps plugging away, which is pretty amazing! Maybe I need to clean the insides! It could be fairly plugged in there, since it's 2 years old! Great advice Chasbo!

starkers
Reply #20 Sunday, June 5, 2011 8:49 AM

I have 2 squares of toilet paper over the induct vents/fans at the front of my Lian Li tower.

I have a square of mosquito-type mesh in front of mine, but a lot finer.... keeps pretty much everything out but the fan is still able to suck air.

As for pet hair.... no pets here... and even if we did, they'd be OUTSIDE animals.  I have no patience whatsoever for cleaning up after pets - hair, whatever - so it's best not to own one.  Besides, I'm not too fond of cats anyhow.... though I did keep one after my 2nd ex left it behind.  Had it almost 17 years, but he was already part of the family... and I just didn't have the heart to pack him a tin of Whiskas so he could go looking for her.

Anyhow, now that I have expensive computers around, feline furballs and other mammals are NOT now, NOT ever going to be indoor members of the family.

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