Physically cleaning computer hardware, both as maintenance and post-accident

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What's using up my disk space?

My Vista 64 installation has drive C, a 150 GB hard drive. I also has a 1.5 TB drive D. My C drive has 12.3 GB free. I don't know what's using up all the space. There's almost 83 GB unaccounted ...
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How do I clean dust from a computer?

As computers become faster and generate more heat it gets more important to have good ventilation, but that also increases the amount of dust sticking to the components of the computer. It's of course ...
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How to clean a keyboard

My keyboard is a) full of dust and other particles that are flying around us (hair, skin parts etc) and b) very dirty (keys are not white anymore but dark gray - except on keytops where my fingers are ...
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What is the best way to clean an LCD monitor?

I have loads of grubby finger marks on my monitor (mine and smaller people's). I'm not sure how to clean them off without damaging the monitor. What's the best way to safely clean dust, smudges and ...
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Can I put keyboards in the dishwasher?

After a few years, keyboards develop a fine patina of what I refer to as "hand jam". I've heard that they can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher as long as you let them thoroughly dry out (like for ...
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Removing dead thunderflies stuck inside an LCD monitor

This summer my flat was "attacked" by hundreds of tiny thunderflies, some of which managed to get behind the screen of my LCD. A few of the cursed creatures went and died right in the middle of the ...
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Tips for getting latte or soda out of your keyboard?

For the first time in my entire life yesterday, I accidentally spilled some latte in my ergonomic keyboard. The keys are starting to stick a bit now, and I was just wondering if there was some way to ...
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How should I choose a screen cleaning solution?

I saw the thread about cleaning screens with distilled water and a microfiber cloth, but if I want to get a specialized screen cleaning solution, what factors/properties should I look for?
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How to prevent a computer from becoming dusty? [closed]

What are your best tips and tricks for keeping your computer from getting dusty? Do you use fans made especially to keep out dust (and do they work?) Do you clean obsessively around your computer to ...
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Suck or blow? What's better for dust?

The guy at the local PC hardware store told me it's better to use a small hand-held leaf blower to blow dust out of your PC case than a hand-held vacuum cleaner. Why is this? I understand that fans ...
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What things should I run daily, weekly, monthly on my Windows machine?

What things should I run daily, weekly, monthly on my Windows XP machine? De fragmentation Scan-disk Full system scan Disk clean up Trojan checker malware remover or any other thing... And should ...
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How to clean a laptop screen?

I have a laptop that is about 2 years old, and the screen is getting very dirty, full of smudges from my fingers (yes, I know, I shouldn't touch the screen). The screen is not glass, it's soft and ...
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How can I clean up junk files from my computer?

I'm getting a new laptop, and giving mine to a co-worker. How can I clean out all the junk & temp files? (A clean Windows install is not an option.)
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Unpacking a laptop touchpad to clean the keys

How can I get to and remove the touchpad buttons on my laptop in order to try and clean them and the area around the buttons? I have an Acer laptop and I think I have a hardware problem where ...
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I washed my USB drive. Any long-term risks?

I accidentally left a USB flash drive in my clothes, which was then washed with my laundry. This was a colored load, hot water. The drive survived just fine and was very clean. All data was still ...
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What's the best way to get ants out of laptop keyboards?

What's the best way to gets ants out of a laptop?
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“Air Duster” sprays - are they safe for hardware?

I picked up a can of Air Duster spray to clean an old laptop. It lists no ingredients, so I figured it was just compressed air. But when I spray it, it's a liquid that smells somewhat like ...
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How do I safely remove keys from a keyboard?

I have a custom key I want to use on my new Deck keyboard, but I'm unclear how to safely remove existing keys from the keyboard without damaging them in the process. Should I use a special tool? A ...
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How often should I dust the inside of my computer?

I would like to avoid frying my computer. I understand dust collects inside on the boards and the CPU cooling unit. How often should I open up the chassis and what process should I use to safely ...
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How to clean a keyboard in Toshiba laptop?

I have Toshiba Satellite Pro P300-1CG with slim keyboard. I haven't spilled anything major on it, but I often eat in front of the laptop while watching some videos. Therefore small drops of milk and ...
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What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?

What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?
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Dusting Laptop keyboard

Is there a way to temporarily disable a laptop's keyboard in order to clean/dust it off, other than having to turn off the computer?
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Water damaged parts, is there any chance of recovery?

I live in the Philippines and our house here was one of the many that was submerged by the flash floods that Typhoon Ketsana brought. We moved one of our computers from the first to the second floor ...
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How can laptop keyboard keys be removed and replaced?

I'm trying to fix a laptop keyboard that has issues with keys on its left side. Just by feel, it's clear that something sticky got under there. There could be something crunchy too, but that might ...
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PC cleaning: why is vacuuming a static electricity risk to internal components but not using compressed air?

Both involve using moving air to remove dust and other debris- so why the stigma around using a vacuum cleaner nozzle? In both cases you are just moving air (negative vs positive pressure), so the ...
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What is a good tool to scrub MetaData from files? [closed]

I am curious if there is a good program that will remove MetaData from multiple document types? Some programs have a "prepare document" feature but it generally only applies to one file type or ...
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can I delete the files in /windows/installer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer? Is the /windows/installer folder for files used during installation, and were not deleted for some reason? Can I delete ...
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Cleaning Canon's print head tips

Printer in question: Canon Pixma iP3300 ... a relatively low grade model printer (otherwise, I wouldn't be doing something like this), has a removable print head, and 4 cartridges that fit inside (C, ...
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What solvent can I use to clean a Canon (LP2000 detachable) print head?

The magenta ink channel on my inkjet printer is blocked. I know about products on eBay, but I'm located in South Africa. I know that I shouldn't use methylated spirits (since they will leave a ...
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Can you actually Wash a laptop? [closed]

I remember Joel mentioning it on a the stackoverflow podcast that you could wash a laptop under a tap. Has anyone done this? Is there not parts that would just rust up when drying the laptop?
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Method/product for cleaning cigarette smoke off of LCDs?

OK, I admit I am a smoker. Im trying to quit, its hard though... So I have several LCD monitors that have accumulated grime from cigarette smoke over the years. Every so often I take a soft cloth ...
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how to remove registry keys of recently uninstalled programs in revo uninstaller pro

I used pc decrapifier to uninstall lots of programs because revo uninstaller takes a lot of your time just to uninstall a single program. Can I remove the registry keys and folders left behind by pc ...
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Clean Print Cartridge Heads

I have a HP printer and I remember that on Windows XP the drivers had a section to clean printer head cartridges. On Windows Vista, I don't have this option. Do you know any general software which ...