How to clean the computer

Over time, the computer case, laptop collects dust. She gets stuffed in the grille and prevents normal cooling of the important components of a computer – CPU, video card, hard drive, etc.

As a result of insufficient cooling possible frequent computer freezes not only during games and when working in “high demand” programs, but when the computer is idle. For example, when there is insufficient cooling of the video card, the monitor can go colorful dots and stripes, the PC shuts down in a normal online game – the protection is activated for overheating.

The computer must be clean from dust preferably once per six months, depending on the dust level of the dwelling in which it is located.

If Your computer is still under warranty, then cleaning is best done at the service center if a warranty is over then you can clean your PC by yourself, without the help of skilled craftsmen.

To clean your computer from dust you can be a regular PC user, the main thing is not to rush and do everything carefully.

  • 1. In order not to lose the fasteners prepare any box, jar, go and matchbox.
  • 2. Unplug the computer from the network, disconnect all the cable appropriate to the computer. If You doubt that, remember how then plug the cable back in(although it’s simple, color), that can take pictures or mark the tags and hang them on the cables.
  • 3. Open the system unit.
  • 4. Note the locations of the deposits of dust. Assemble the main the dust on the bottom of the case with a vacuum cleaner.

On the Internet many tips on cleaning your computer from dust. Some recommend in any case not to use a vacuum cleaner(suction) when cleaning the computer, say when the suction in the vacuum cleaner can get fine details from the computer…but the idea is, if there is “something” they get, then that “something” has been “cut off” and without this “isolation” computer worked!

Instead of cleaner they recommend cans of compressed air or vacuum cleaner on “blow”(if the vacuum cleaner provides a function). But in this case, the dust can settle and settle in remote places where You can’t reach!

Collecting major dust in the bottom of the housing on the results of the conducted monitoring of the temperature of the video card and CPU decide for yourself is to remove and clean the cooler radiator from the CPU or video card – it depends on what heated.

If you decide to remove and clean the stock up in advance with a compound that reduces the thermal resistance between two contacting surfaces. Disputes about what a thermal compound is better on the Internet to abound), I prefer thermal grease Alsil-3.

The cooler with the radiator mounted on the motherboard latches. Turn the latch, push it with your finger, the radiator can pull up slightly and rotate it a few degrees clockwise and counterclockwise. Gently take it off.

If the cooler with the radiator are loose, but not separated, then the pins from the slots not fully out, or the latch is not until the end of the allotted. Try to gently wiggle the cooler, he leaves.

Clean the fan. On his blades, the dust is usually quite “pressed”. Clean the channels of radiator, they become clogged with dust, which leads to poor cooling and overheating of the processor.

Cleaning of a radiator produces with a brush. Disputes about the selection of brushes in the Internet also abound…some people prefer brushes “Brazilian production”, and someone “Indian”. Think it’s complete nonsense, the main thing that “the brush does not climb” – i.e., didn’t leave hair. I myself and a brush to clean the radiator never used – took that came across his arm…like a knife with a thin blade, the main thing is not to deform the radiator grille.

The old thermal grease (if there is any) remove from the slot radiator and the processor and decrease (alcohol) footprint. New thermal paste apply a thin layer of fat is not necessary, because the reverse formulation of the cooler on the motherboard, nickel heatsink will press against the CPU and the excess thermal paste, just squeeze out. To put can comfortable, I usually match use, the main thing that would not hit any debris. When installing the cooler back on, and check that all the latches are correctly latched and the cooler is not loose on the motherboard.

When removing the card for cleaning do not forget to disconnect the wires from the graphics card. Remove the retaining screw which video card is attached to the body, press the plastic latch and can pull it from the slot.

All different graphics cards(type, manufacturer, model), so as to disassemble the video card to write here will not. My prehistoric, Radeon X1900 understands quite simple… a Few microscopic bolts unscrewed clockwise with a screwdriver, well, if you don’t have a small screwdriver, and the tip of a penknife. Remove the protective cover and the radiator with fan on the palm.

I have quite often clogged heat sink of the graphics card, i.e. the video card fan to spin, work, and the cooling is not, because the radiator is clogged in the beginning, and the sense of cold – the graphics card is overheating! So often we have to remove and clean it about once every 2-3 months.

Also don’t forget to remove the front cover of the computer case beneath it accumulates a lot of dust, which leads to disruption of cooling and thus overheating, disabling of computer protection and “blue screens of death”.

Front housing cover of the computer is usually mounted on the latch which can be pressed from the inside of the housing.

Advanced users: for easier cleaning you can remove the memory modules, peripherals, fans, hard drives and optical drives.

Then treat with a brush the entire motherboard(with a vacuum cleaner that dust sucks in the vacuum cleaner), and particularly dusty places. If there is no brush on hand – it doesn’t matter, install the nozzle on the vacuum cleaner less(for convenience)After cleaning the dust with a vacuum cleaner absorb dust from the case base and other flat and smooth surfaces (but not with chips and electronic components) using a damp cloth.

After cleaning, do not rush, check the correct Assembly(if dismantled) – that would not have hung out and it was normally secured.

Plug all the cable which was disconnected from the computer. The side cover does not cover, start the computer without it.

Check the temperature when you boot using BIOS or in the OS itself using special software for monitoring.

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