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

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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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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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dishwasher works well to... comes out sparkling ckean

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dishwasher works well to... comes out sparkling clean

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

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

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

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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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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...

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

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<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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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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<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.
 

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Also weld all of your case craks and small openings!

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wheel falls off, how many pancakes fit in a doghouse? None! Icecream doesn't have bones!!!"

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