Best "SAFEST" way to get dust out of rig?

I'm hearing granchy noises from my puter and whiney hitherto unheard of mugglies. My house IS dusty. What's the best and safest way to clean the dust elephants out of my rig?

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  1. Best) Get a can of compressed dry air (any PC shop, or even probably wally-world should have some), open the case, and go to town.

    2nd Best) Get an expensive anti-static (camel hair) vacuum attachment for your hoover and suck all night long.

    3rd Best) Unplug PC, powercycle to discharge, open the case, blow on it a lot, try not to hyperventilate, and wait hours for any accidental spit to dry.

    4th Best) Similar to 3rd, but also take out BIOS battery and give mobo an actual bath, and then wait even longer for water to completely dry.

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  2. You forget the 5th...

    Put in washer with half cup bleach on cold/cold, then tumble dry

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  3. 6th

    dishwasher works well to... comes out sparkling ckean

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  4. 6th

    dishwasher works well to... comes out sparkling clean

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  5. I use a vacuum cleaner with the hose on the exhaust port. But I do it outside, with the power cord pluged in, back switch off.
  6. 7th - Buy new PC, throw out dusty one.

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  7. 7th. Skid on carpet and create static. ZAP those dust bunnies!

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  8. Vacuum cleaner sounds kind of nutty, what if you suck something right of yer mobo? lol.

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  9. It's also a good idea to take the fans off thier hs, and use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean them. A good brush works well on most hs.
  10. Damn d00d, that reminds me, that board I just fired up has only spent 2 days drying!

    Oh, I wash most of my spare parts in pure water and let them dry for oh, say a week.

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  11. The safest and fastest way is compress air. No more Q-tips and Cloth for me. Washing the computer also take up time. You don't even need to take out the fan on the heatsink or any fan at all. Open the both side panel up and just blow. Just like smoking at the Indian ritual, your computer will see the light and becomes shiny and new. It will be like a virgin again and you could stick your thing in the hole, but watch out for the fan. You don't want to create a mess after cleaning it up.

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  12. These guys act like d1cks somtimes. just use car shampoo and a karcher pressure whasher works a treat.

    Everyone has a hairdryer, unless you dont have any hair or woman in your house.

    Put it on cool shot and blow that crap out, also on heatsinks use a platic bristle non staic from a hobby shop (do not buy nylon) and use that for stubborn stuck on clumps of crap, there also cheaper than the camal brushes. easy.

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  13. I also do the same thing, blow air inside the case with vacuum cleaner + hose on the exhaust port.

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  14. Personally I've done the whole hoovering before. I have both a camel hair attachment for my Rainbow and a cheezy little PC-specific hand-held vacuum. Both work alright, I guess. I've never tried putting the hose on the exhaust to blow the dust away, but that'd probably work better than sucking it up.

    But some dust can be stubborn, and some dusty places hard to get a vacuum close to, so I've found that compressed dry air works a hell of a lot better IMHO. It really blasts the crap out of dust with a long narrow high-pressure tube. It's hard to beat that. (Especially for cleaning out PSUs, HSFs, and optical drives.)

    <i>Good</i> ways to clean a PC out aside, I have to admit that sometimes when I'm lazy I just blow on stuff and/or use a paper towel to wipe things off with. :O

    In any event though, if it's a <i>really</i> dusty PC and you're blowing the dust by whatever means, I'd suggest getting a dust mask like you'd find in a hardware store for wearing while you sand stuff and crap. It beats choking, gagging, and/or sneezing on dust if you get a bad whiff. **ROFL**

    Another weird thing too is that sometimes I find little gnats dead in my PC when I clean out the dust. If you have fish they'll love the treat. (Insert debugging jokes here.)

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  15. Thanks Phenix and any of you guys that gave me legit answers to my query. I'll get some compressed air on the way home and do that thing...

    David

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  16. You do know the term computers are buggy came from the first computers when bugs could short out circuits causing them to bug out.

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  17. Quote:
    You do know the term computers are buggy came from the first computers when bugs could short out circuits causing them to bug out.

    I believe that this was one of those things thought to be an urban legend until someone found an old logbook with a moth taped into it to prove it true. Either way though, bugs or not, constantly walking up and down rows of the internals in a big room looking for burnt out vacuum tubes to replace had to suck.

    It's funny to think that a computer of that size then can now be bested by a wristwatch calculator. (God forbid we bring up the wristwatch PDA.) And to think that today we complain about <i>our</i> computers being too bulky or slow. :O

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  18. Well, my PC is to bulky and to slow :(

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  19. <font color=blue>"You do know the term computers are buggy came from the first computers when bugs could short out circuits causing them to bug out."</font color=blue>

    A true story:

    About 25 years ago, my company produced "key to tape" machines. These were like card punches, but the output went to magnetic tape. These were big machines that produced a tremendous amount of heat. So, the keypunch operators (mostly ladies) would open the back of the units and place their bag lunches inside to keep them warm. Well, heat and free food makes a perfect home for cockroaches. Before long, the ladies were complaining of cockroaches coming out of the keyboard area.

    Talk about buggy equipment.......

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  20. Heh heh. You know, sometimes I warm up food by putting it on top of my monitor when I come in to work in the morning and leaving it there until lunch time. :O So I could see it. But I'm a bit baffled by the sanitary conditions which allowed such cockroach breeding and why anyone would continue to put their lunch into <i>that</i>. Yuck.

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    King Lear (Act V, Scene iii) by William Shakespear</font color=purple></pre><p>@ 187K -> 200,000 miles or bust!
  21. <i>> what's the best and safest way to clean the dust elephants out of my rig?</i>

    Not to have them there in the first place. I have filters on every fan intake, not a whole lot of dust gets past them. Simple remove them and clean.
  22. where do you buy the filters?
  23. Also weld all of your case craks and small openings!

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  24. how about a leaf blower?
  25. <i>>where do you buy the filters?</i>

    <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=list&SubCategory=255" target="_new">Newegg's selection of filters</A>
  26. Thanks for the link!
    My fans have the purple plastic clips. Do you know what type of filter will fit with these clips?
  27. I ended up buying Scotch Brite fibers as a filter I just cut them to the proper size and since they're very porous the airflow is pretty good. They've been proven to be very reusable, and on top of everything you can use them to scrub the dishes. lol
  28. Just have sex with me. Then a dusty motherboard will be the least of your worries.

    :eek: I'm the good time that was had by all :eek:
  29. Or do what I did, and weld 1/2 inch stainless steall plates over any exhaust holes in your case. With absolutely no air going in or out of the case I have completely licked the whole "dust" issue... you wouldn't believe the ammount of money I save on not having to buy cammel hair brushes and compressed air...

    Just to change topics for a minute... does anyone know why my P4 is melting through my stainless steel plates in record time?
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    Just to change topics for a minute... does anyone know why my P4 is melting through my stainless steel plates in record time?


    1/2 inch plate are not enough, get at least 1 inch or, at minimum, 3/4...

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    does anyone know why my P4 is melting through my stainless steel plates in record time?

    It's a self cleaning cycle. When the plate actually gets hot enough to melt, it allows a brief intake of air. The air allows the dust bunnies to ignite,in a flash, which expells the remaining chared remains. Since this creates a partial vacuum, the case cools, and gets ready for another cycle.
  32. I just fire up the ol' air compressor. As long as you don't exceed 40 psi or so, you should be fine.

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  33. Are you guys serious when you mention crap like this? You guys are hard core... I would be pissing myself with fear as I fired up the old diesel compressor next to my little rig. All the power to you though... sounds like fun... kind of an adrenaline rush all at the same time.

    Hey, next time you fire up the compressor call me over. I am thinking of a new "dodge ball-ish" game involving transistors.
  34. Seriously though... do any of you guys actually clean with good ol H2O?? I have never used water, but I would be curious to see what you guys feel is safe to wash with water. Obviously, case and fan blades, but do you guys use H2O for others?
  35. An air compressor works fine, does not have to be industrial deisal fired one, small electric ones work too!

    Also, a shop vac is what I use, and put the hose on the blow side.

    Using water would work, but is a lot more trouble and time. I would prefer to just swab difficult areas with qtip and an alchohol/h2o mix.

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  36. When you talk about swabbing though, you are talking about swabbing what? Do you polish your mobo with a Q-tip?
  37. Aye, I have an electric air compressor here at the shop. It works very well for getting dust out of everything.

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  38. Hot water, around 140F (60C). Anything that I don't need right away gets washed if it's severly dirty, except drives. That includes keyboards, when I used to process used systems in large quantity, I'd mist cleaner on the surface of the keys, let it soak while I misted the other boards, run back through with a scrub brush to remove the finger prints, then spray them down with water. 2 days of sitting on one edge would dry them out sufficiently.

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  39. Anything except drives? Really? Like I can rip out my mobo right now and throw it in the bath, let it dry for a week or two and then fire it up again? Same with CPU? PSU? GPU? I don't believe it... there is no way... are you just yanking my chain?
  40. Discharge and/or remove batteries, and sure. If there's no electrical current, water won't harm anything because there's nothing to conduct. Just make sure to let dry thoroughly.

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  41. Power supplies take a lot longer to dry, but yes I've washed those too. I'd let one sit a couple weeks before using it, because water gets into the transformers.

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  42. I am in awe... I just can't believe it... I had no idea you could do this.

    I'm gonna go home and have a bath with my computer tonight guys :)
  43. Ya do know it is advisable to unplug it first.

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  44. What about dendritic growth? Moisture can affect circuit boards and certain types of chips.
  45. And let it sit for a day to discharge.

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  46. The only time I've had a problem is when the device wasn't completely dry.

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