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

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Computer USB Port Cover

I have recently brought a computer with a unique design (which I thought was cool!). The USB port is facing upwards, meaning my USB thumb drive will be placed vertically, as in, in an upright ...
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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 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 ...
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Cleaning iMac 24" (aluminium) with household products

The title is pretty self explanatory, how should I clean my iMac without having to break the bank with 'specialist' computer products.
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Is it safe to get dust out of a PC with an air blower?

I use an air blower to dust the inside of my PC every few months. I keep the PC fans from turning when doing this to avoid turning them into dynamos and possibly causing damage to the electronics. ...
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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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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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How to remove keyboard grease?

I always wash my hands before using my computer, but after 2.5 years the keys have started getting a little greasy from my finger oils. What is the best way to clean this? EDIT: Clarification - it's ...
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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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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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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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What's using up my disk space?

My Vista 64 installation is to drive C, a 150 GB hard drive. I also have 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 !!! ...
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Cleaning a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard

This is one of the best keyboards for programmers. I read an article saying that running a keyboard through the dishwasher would clean it, but I'm unsure about a keyboard like this which has a faux ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is a good tool to scrub MetaData from files?

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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How should you clean your MacBook Pro?

Mac users are supposed to be vain and perhaps this question vindicates that assumption – I'm talking about physically cleaning the machine. The screen and the silvery surface tends to gather a lot ...
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How to uninstall applications when the system is missing uninstall meta data?

I have a computer where somebody seems to have deleted the uninstall meta data from Microsoft project and other apps. I really need to clean up all the crap in the registry and basically do the best ...
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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 cleanup the computer from junk files?

I'm getting a new laptop, and giving mine to a co-worker. What program would you recommend to clean all the junk/temp/etc. files out ? Clean Windows install is not an option. Thank you.
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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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How does dust affect a computer?

It is generally known that dust makes computers slower, and that cleaning out the dust regularly can make your computer run better. What I have not seen, is why this happens. From what I know dust ...
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How to keep a windows machine clean?

I've just got a new Laptop. I've installed all applications I need, for now. Are there any best practices or tips on how to keep my windows machine clean and running smoothly? Or do I have to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...