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

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

What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?
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How to clean hardware with an air compressor?

Can I safely use an air compressor to clean the internal components of a computer or might hardware be damaged if the air compressor is too powerful?
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Is there a HP DeskJet 5940 maintenance tool for Windows 7 x64?

According to HP, the printer is not yet supported on Windows 7, so this could well be the answer. The printer is supported by Microsoft's drivers, but as far as I can tell, this is just a basic driver ...
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Sterilizing Computer Surfaces

I have an acquaintance who works at a school where there was a suspected case of swine flu and they had to sterilize all the surfaces in the school, including the computers in the computer lab. What ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a photosensitive drum be damaged if cleaned with isopropyl alcohol?

Some background: I've got a drum for a Brother MFC-8710dw that has some streaks. As per the instructions I've been cleaning it with a dry lint free cloth. I've noticed though that lots of people ...
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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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Can Logitech K310 keyboard be washed with one of its keys removed?

Logitech K310 is claimed to be washable with certain limitations (warm water with mild soap only, no submersion deeper that 30 centimeters below water surface, USB plug is excluded). However I have ...
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HP 8150 laserjet smearing thick stripes on paper - what to do?

Our printer is printing dirty big lines all over the page - see: I've tried pulling all the detachable modules out and wiping toner dust from all the visibly dirty bits, but to no avail. Also the ...
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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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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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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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How to clean a keyboard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean a keyboard I have a bunch of sticky keys from a coffee spill months ago. What is the best way to clean up? What brand of alcohol should I use and do I have ...
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Does Screen Cleaner go bad? [closed]

I've had this bottle of Monster Screen Cleaner for 5 years now... the last time I've used it was a few months ago. It's starting to have a weird smell to it. I don't see an expiry date on it so I'm ...
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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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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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Do the iMac and Mac Pro have the same need to be physically cleaned as a normal PC?

Do the iMac or Mac Pro need to be cleaned physically for maintenance like a normal PC? Since all computers get dirty with time, and need to be cleaned for maintence and good performance, I was ...
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How to clean/what to do about getting liquid form of compressed air cleaner on computer equipment?

I'm a little worried. I was using some compressed air cleaner (to be specific, Office DepotĀ® Brand Cleaning Duster) to try to blow the dust off some dusty parts of my computer. The instructions are ...
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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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Are there any precautions I should take before cleaning an anti-glare or matte display? [duplicate]

I have a Thinkpad T530 laptop. I tried to clean it, but it has streaks, and a solution I was looking at on Newegg said it was not for displays with an anti-glare coating. I'd like to know, with ...
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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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Will using a bicycle pump to clean my laptop damage it?

I have a Lenovo G580 laptop. Unfortunately, there is no way to access the fan even after opening maintenance hatch, so I have no real way of removing dust from the cooling vents without using some ...
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How to clean an SD Card slot?

As I was taking out the dummy SD card on my new Chromebook, a small piece broke off of it and is now stuck inside the slot. I have tried removing using various cleaning methods including: Putting ...
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Tips for cleaning sticky mouse buttons?

I have a filthy optical mouse. Its buttons are very sticky and I can barely right-click. Any suggestions for how to clean it?
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Clean Print Cartridge Heads - WHY?

I just saw this question: Clean Print Cartridge Heads Now, I just cannot help but wonder... Why would you ever need to do this? I remember having a HP deskjet printer in the past too, which could do ...
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Clean the Dust Outside of the Computer Casing

No, I am not referring to the cleaning inside the casing; I want to know how to clear off the dust that gathers outside the computer casing, in the dark corners of the computer table, the forgotten ...
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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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I want to clean my HP HDX 16's keyboard, can I remove the keys?

The time has come to clean my HP laptop's keyboard under the actual keys where much and dust has gathered. Can I safely remove the keys to clean it, then put them back, or if not, what is the most ...
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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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Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips for getting latte or soda out of your keyboard? (Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000) Spilled a glass of tea on my keyboard. The key does not work nor does the sound ...
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How to clean HP6715 laptop?

hp6715 series - I need to open it and clean it, and by the looks of it, it doesn't seem to be that simple of a job. I searched through hp's pages, but couldn't find any manual that describes the ...
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Is it okay to keep washing and reusing microfiber cloths for cleaning monitors?

I've read in multiple places that microfiber cloths are one of the few materials safe enough to clean monitors without risk of scratching, so I use those whenever I need to clean the outside of any ...
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How to completely uninstall Jenkins from OS X

I tried to install Jenkins on my OS X, that was successfully but usage is not quite successful. So planning on complete/clean uninstall and redo it back. Any help on what all the traces of Jenkins ...
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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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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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Storing disassembled electronics

Background I had a recent spillage of coffee on my MacBook (aluminium Unibody late-2008 model). I immediately turned it off and left it to dry out for about 24 hours and all appears to be well, with ...
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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 residue)...
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How to Clean Windows of the Remnant left by Installation/ Uninstallation

It seems that my machine, after a while in operation, has gathered quite a lot of unwanted files and has the registry polluted, thanks to Windows Updates, Installation/Uninstallation and other ...
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Stop Vista creating GBs of error report files

I was using the Disk Cleanup for Vista and I noticed that I have over 20GB of queued or archived Windows Error Report files. I only have an 80GB boot drive so I really need that space. Since they are ...
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Is isopropyl alcohol 90+% safe for cleaning copper heatsinks and processors?

I'm preparing to replace my laptop's CPU and I'm curious about using isopropyl alcohol on both the copper heatsink and CPU. Will I be better off purchasing some special surface purifier? Also, if I ...
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Low tech way to clean a netbook while travelling near the sea?

I've been hitchhiking around the world for over a year and the netbook that was almost new at the start of my trip is getting very grubby though it's still working OK. Lately I've been camping on a ...
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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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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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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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How can I uninstall my Huawei modem on Mac?

I've installed many things trying to make this modem works, until I finally found something that should work on the official website. Now it isn't working, and I hope if I uninstall all other things ...