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The Importance Of Cleaning Your Computers or Laptop

One of the most important jobs that you will do is cleaning out the dust in your computer. A lot of us just take it for granted, put it off until something happens to our machines. Dust is a killer of CPU's and devices as well as motherboards. I mention to all of my clients and friends to dust there machines regularly. Keep animals away from them because of the animal hair, if you machine is on the floor get it off the floor. Raise it up a few inches off the floor to keep animals from urinating on them or spraying them. The CPU will get really hot if cooling fans are not working properly change them out if making grinding noise. Dust the blocks completely under the CPU fan and fix with Heat Sync Paste every 6 months or so.
This will keep your computer safe from fires shorts and burnt boards or devices. Just a simple vacuum will work that blows air or cans of air work as well also. I use a vacuum that blows air. Place outside and do this blow your computer out really good. Take a light brush or a soft brush to scrub out the parts being gentle as to not hit parts and break them with the brush. Takes about 5 minutes or less of your time. Compared to a new computer or the expense for parts, well think about it.
You may think by blowing out the laptop you have got it all. Not true laptops take a bit more time and should really be broken down to get to the copper tubing vents these are always getting clogged up. Every wonder why your machine shuts down a lot that my be the reason. Thermo shut keeps your laptop from overheating before the melt down. This can damage on board devices as well as the video card chips. Weakens the solder points so that they will eventually crack and short. Ever wonder why video gets choppy when machine is getting to hot.
Heat like anything else is the number one killer of any machine. So if we tend to take care of that we will never have any breakdowns. Other than basic parts wearing out. That is about all we will deal with if you keep your computer dusted and clean of debris. Just a little advice. John A. Crowder

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I have a seville classics tower fan. How do I take it apart to clean it?

Good Luck!! I too have one and although I was able to take off a bottom panel and clean it- the important area (fan) proves quite inaccessable. I am very mechanically adept too. Either way felt it was a lot of trouble for nothing- so I used a powerful vacuum blower to blow out all the dust instead. When these fans can be purchased for 50 bucks, new, at Cost Co, it sort of eliminates the need to get real carried away with maintenance.

Nov 12, 2010 | Dryers

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My computer keeps restarting. Everytime I turn it on, it starts up and then restarts. I cannot log on at all. It shows the Windows logo and then restarts. How can I fix this?

Make sure that the components are clean, free of dust. Put fans in your case this will bring in fresh cool air into your computer so it can run efficiently.

Clean the RAM cards with tissue papper, and then put it in, trying all slots.
Could be a sign of a virus infection, disconnect all harddrives and then reboot. If it starts and does not rebbot then it confirms software corruption.
The drive would then have to be virus scaned on another PC. Be carefull as you wouldn't want infect another PC. Choose a PC that can do the job but has no important information on it, just in case it crashes.
Please let me know if this solves your problem and take the time to rate my expertise.

Oct 31, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I hit the power button and the light blinks once, the fans will start to spin, and then nothing, no power no boot, just a quick blip of power but no power up..

You need to remove the case top and look for a lot of Dust all over the inside, especially around the CPU making sure the cpu fan is still running. This can get expensive when maintenance procedures are not thought of until late. It's not you it's everyone. With the power cord out, maybe you have a vacuuum attachment to get in there and get rid of a lot of spider webs. Then take a slightly moistened rag and complete the job. I can't guarantee your CPU fan is still alive but when you get all cleaning utensils out of the way, put the power switch on and watch for the CPU fan to spin. If not- any lights? P.S. Fan?

Apr 17, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop Computer

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computer freezes after being on ten minutes with lots of heat coming out of bottom

Hi, I take its a laptop. Well, the problem is most likely to be the heatsink is obstructed by dust. Clean the exhausts with canned air. Important: do it with the laptop off and battery taken off.

Ps: You have a chance the fan malfunction.

Jul 03, 2009 | Toshiba Computers & Internet

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