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

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Can the bitterant in most canned air cause harm to my computer?

I need to clean the dust out of my computer. Previously, I have used canned air, but it seems now I cannot find any without a bitterant to prevent inhalant abuse. I just bought a can that says it is ...
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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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Cleaning the sticky keys of a touchpad on a laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unpacking a laptop touchpad to clean it How do I access and clean the area around my laptop's touchpad? I accidentally got some apple juice under my laptop keys. It was a ...
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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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Why My Hi-Tech Chemical Compound Lost Its Full Effectiveness? [closed]

I have bought this thing a month ago: It is so far best dust cleaner that I have ever used and all was well until I left it out of its package for half day. Then it became sturdy and could be ...
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Touchpad on MacBook is shiny?

I noticed that the touchpad was getting a little shiny on the middle-most part. I just want to know if there's a way to clean this and restore the laptop to its previous texture? If there's no way to ...
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Do different disks have different system restore points?

I was wondering if I install programs in both C:\ drive and D:\ drive, are there separate system restore points for each disk? For example if I run cleanmgr.exe I can select either C:\ or D:\ drive: ...
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Windows 7 strange large files and missing capacity

i need your help. In C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Windows\System32 i found this file __rar_01.006 and it's size is 1,7GB!!! can i delete it? and more: if i trying ...
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Cleaned computer and hard disk doesn't spin up anymore

I took my dad's computer apart and cleaned out all the dust today and now the hard disk doesn't spin up anymore. It's an IDE hard disk and it was working fine before. When I boot up, the BIOS says: No ...
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Is it okay to vacuum a laptop keyboard?

Is it okay to vacuum a laptop keyboard? Would it cause any damage?
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How to find and remove “spicy” media files from my PC [closed]

I have an embarrassing problem: during my younger and wilder days, I used to download a certain type of movie clips and pictures. The combination of youthful foolishness and a couple of beers ...
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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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Is there any methods of “unyellowing” old beige PC parts?

I have some (really) old PC parts that I would like to repurpose for fun. However the beige plastic on some of them has yellowed due to heat or sun exposure. Is there any way to restore them back to ...
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Can I wash an old cherry keyboard in a dishwasher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I put keyboards in the dishwasher? I found a mechanical cherry keyboard (That looks A LOT like the IBM Model M but isn't) but it is disgustingly filthy, all keys and ...
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Tips for cleaning touch screen

Is cleaning a touch screen LCD any different to cleaning normal LCD? Should one avoid using window cleaner solutions as well? Is distilled water and microfiber the only recommended method? Touch ...
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Windows Installer Cleanup Utility retired, alternative?

So the Windows\installer folder (and the WinSxS folder, but that's another story) is eating up quite a LOT of space on my hdd. Windows Installer Cleanup utility was the tool of the trade before, but ...
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Is it safe to delete the Windows logs folder?

Is it safe to delete the contents of the following Windows logs folder: C:\Windows\Logs (OS: Windows Vista) Directory of c:\Windows\Logs 10-02-2009 21:23 <DIR> . 10-02-2009 21:...
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Can Apple Aluminium Keyboard be saved after coffee spill?

Today I spilled some coffee on my Apple Keyboard. I cleaned up the spill with an towel. At first the keyboard seemed to be working fine, but then a couple of keys stopped working. When I noticed that ...
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Cleaning a keyboard of oil?

How does one remove oil, lubricant, or the liquid from a snow globe from the plastic sheets (with conductive traces) of a keyboard? Originally, I didn't think that the liquid was conductive, or not ...
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Linux HPLIP mess after installation of the drivers

I have purchased HP OfficeJet 4500 Wireless. In order to install it, i followed the instructions for installing HPLIP here: http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/install/install/index.html Everything ...
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How to get pasta sauce out of your keyboard [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean a keyboard Possible Duplicate: How can laptop keyboard keys be removed and replaced? I was eating lasagna and it spilled all over the keyboard. This ...
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Das Keyboard: M key stopped working properly

I have a das keyboard where the M key doesn't respond very well anymore, it is a bit random really.. Any ideas on how to clean the contact of the key so it should become more responsive again?
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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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Clean my Windows 7 of software remains

does anybody know a tool which cleans windows 7 out of old folders which remained in C:\ after uninstalling a software. For example I removed VS 2005 years ago and still have some folders under C:\...
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Dust protection for new NAS

I just got a new Netgear ReadyNAS and I am a bit worried about DUST. What can I do to reduce the chances of dust damage ? Would mounting it to a wall or shelf help with this ? Can I build some ...
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what is a good utility to “clean” up my Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cleaning Up Mac OS X I recently read about MacKeeper, a utility to optimize, clean up, secure, etc..., your Mac. I think this is a cool idea but I don't want to pay for ...
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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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How to effectively clean a keyboard [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean a keyboard My keyboard used to look so clean and shiny (when I bought it). Now it looks dull, old, dusty. How do I clean between the buttons and is there a ...
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Cleaning out laptop hinges and buttons after a soda spill

I had a soda spill on my laptop. I only had technical issues with the keyboard but I fixed that by purchasing a new keyboard part. However, I still have issues with stickyness on the hinges between ...
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Cleaning inside of computers (hardware)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I clean dust from a computer? I didn't have any of the air pressure bottles left when I last looked around. I have one of those silk (or something) cloths that are ...
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Windows Application Sandboxing or Virtualization

For a new development task, I will have to use Microsoft Windows (I haven't used Windows for several years). Normally, I run different applications in several virtual machines. With Windows this doesn'...
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Clean toshiba a300d 14r

i'm not able to open my notebook, a toshiba a300d-14r. Googling i don't find any useful information... This is official site: http://it.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/jsp/SUPPORTSECTION/...
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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 should I clean a DVD?

What's the best way to clean a DVD?
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Do I risk destroying the fan if I use a vacuum cleaner on my laptop?

To get rid of dust that had gathered near the fan, I put a vacuum cleaner to the air intake (with the computer turned off). This removed the dust. It also caused the fan to rotate at a fairly high ...
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What files and/or directories can be removed from a Windows XP install without breaking anything?

This is after installation (I haven't got the option of nLite or similar tools to slim the install disc). I'll be taking a hard disk image (using Norton Ghost running off a BartPE CD). To be exact, I'...
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Is it safe to delete the Isolated Storage folders?

I've found a lot of files in this folder: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\assembly These files seem to be used for Isolated Storage. Are they safe to delete? If so, how do I delete them? I do ...
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cleaning an inspiron 500 m [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you clean your laptop? I have been running my inspiron 500 m in a very dusty (plaster dust) environment. I would like to remove the bottom cover and clean the filter ...
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How to protect your Computer and Resources from Monsoon season

Well How do I protect my Computer from Monsoon Season. I just found out that in Monsoon season RAM and Motherboard gets slow and wet due to Moisture. Also my Keyboard becomes full of Fungus. How do I ...
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Useful Computer cleaning tools (Software) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good software for cleaning the computer? At my work we have a lot of old computers. To clean them I usually use CCleaner and a regular defrag. But is this enough? What are ...
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How do I clean my ThinkPad's keyboard and palm rest?

I have a Lenovo W500 and the keyboard and palm rest are getting dirty and shiny. Pedantic as I am, I'd like to clean it. I read that disassembling and removing those parts is easy. I couldn't find how ...
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Isopropyl okay to use on MacBook screen?

I've always used a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water to clean my computer screens (50% water and 50% * 70% isopropyl). From what I understand, these are exactly the same ingredients ...
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Clean up installation after incomplete / interrupted setup

The setup of an arbitrary application was interrupted, and the name of it does not appear in the "Add or Remove Program" list. I've tried to use the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility from Microsoft ...
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Reimage PC: Myth or Fact to speeding up a slow PC?

I have a 4-5 year old PC running Windows XP for software development at work. It struggles to run all development tools I need at the same time. Management feels I need to reimage my computer to "...
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Fixing sticky keys without removing the keys?

we had an E-Machine netbook brought in today that has sticky keys. (don't ask me why we said we'd fix it) Well, I've looked at a few howtos for fixing it, but they all require removing the keys. When ...
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Are domestic chemicals and tobacco smoke really harmful for computer equipment?

There'a a belief that domestic chemicals (like washing powder many people use for washing the floor) and tobacco smoke can cause harm to computer equipment. Hard disks are believed to be especially ...
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How to clean green gunk off case fans?

I just bought a used custom-built computer locally. In the process of checking the hardware, I notice that the case fans have accumulated a lot of green "gunk" and I've tried wetting the edge of a ...
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How can I keep my keyboard clean?

I know there are lots of articles out there on getting a keyboard clean, but I'd like to prevent my keyboard from getting nasty in the first place. The biggest problem isn't anything like food ...
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Is it safe to clean my iMac's screen with household products?

Self explanatory. 21.5 inch iMac, late 2009.
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TuneUp Utilities make my Internet Explorer fault

I ran TuneUp Utilities and then my Internet Explorer could no longer run a page with JavaScript. I think it removes some important registry entries. I tried to update Internet Explorer, but it didn'...