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

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How should I clean and restore an old Apple II computer? [duplicate]

Wondering what I should know before I start tearing this thing down to clean it. What's a good way to clean and restore it in a safe manner? Especially the keyboard as many keys take many tries to ...
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Removing Gherpe Rootkit [duplicate]

Fixing a laptop for a friend. Windows XP I ran GMER and in red font I see [AUTO] gherpe I've already ran combofix, twice now. I see it's linked to zgovodnm.dll if I remove that .dll file should it ...
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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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How am I expected to replace wide keys on a mechanical keyboard?

I have a mechanical WASD keyboard. With such keyboards, the user is expected to be able to replace keys and switches, and WASD even sells a tool for that. Dismounting and remounting the small keys—...
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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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Some keys don't work after clean up of laptop

Today I purchased some thermal paste and a can of air to clean my laptop after two years of use. I never had a problem with this computer. Also I never opened a laptop before, so I saw a video of ...
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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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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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Cleaning up previous versions of Microsoft tools

Since I develop .NET applications, one of the first things I do on my computer is install Visual Studio and the rest of Microsoft development tools. Unfortunately they handle updates horribly. When I ...
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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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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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How to clean out sticky dust

Dust has collected in my laptop and parents' desktops. A lot of it can be blown out with a can of air, but there are some that are stuck to the fan blades, and the fins of the heat sinks. My parents ...
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Cleanup Windows on startup or shutdown

My Environment Multiple VMs all comprising of Various versions of Windows which is power on/off as needed i like to cleanup my %temp% and other places on reboot so as to save space and also speed up ...
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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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Did I kill my CPU by cleaning the computer?

I have a computer running Windows 7 which was working fine until I cleaned it. Now I'm getting blue screens and error messages. Running Ubuntu on live disk says the CPU is bad. I was asked to do a ...
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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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Clean thermal paste from touch contact points on the underside of the CPU

I bought an used CPU (Intel "Core 2" E4700) on eBay and it came with the underside dirty with something that seems it´s thermal paste. Before I send it back, I wonder if it could it still work ...
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What laptop keyboards are easy to disassemble and clean? [closed]

I often use my laptop on construction jobsites or in very dirt-filled situations. Over time, the keyboard gets dusty, greasy, etc. Pieces of detritus fall down underneath the keys, and come to ...
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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 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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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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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 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 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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How can I handle and clean a Removed-from-Socket rPGA processor without Bending or Breaking any Pins during “Preparation”

I received a Previous Generation Intel® Core™ Processor in the mail. The processor fits into a Socket G1 / rPGA988A. According to information on CPU World, the size of the processor is 1.48" x 1.48" / ...
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How to physically clean a USB connector safely

I have a USB flash drive, and the male USB connector on it has gotten rather disgustingly sticky (lent it to colleague with small child, he let the child play with it (never again)) Can anyone ...
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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 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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Canned air spray got liquid all over my PSU [duplicate]

Wanted to remove dust from my PC with a canned air aerozol "duster". Tried it a couple of times without applying to my computer and all seemed fine. Decided to go for the PSU first: since it's a the ...
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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. I'...
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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 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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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 do I clean my computer using isopropyl alcohol?

I bought a spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol, but I'm having a hard time to figure out how to use it to clean my computer. My two concerns are: Can I just spray it onto the motherboard? Or should I ...
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How to de-stink laptops

I'm refurbishing some laptops that came from a hospice and they smell absolutely terrible. I'm very confident the stench is coming from inside the computer itself. I have no problem opening them up ...
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Weird layer of material on ball mouse “roling” sensors [closed]

So I’ve been using a ball mouse on one of the PCs, just to honor the old days, and it’s always been somewhat hard to roll horizontally. I opened it today thinking that it might not be just dirt in ...
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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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How can I remove the smell of cigarettes from my computer?

I'm a smoker, and of course I smoke in front of the computer when I'm at home. Last Friday I moved out from my mother's house to my own, and since the computers were always turned on and the room was ...
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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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Washing electronics

I've read a related post, "Can you actually Wash a laptop?", but a more straightforward answer would be preferred (or if someone has actually done it). Consider a water contact with the motherboard ...
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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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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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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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Dusting Inside All-In-One computer

I have an HP Pavillion 20 with everything inbuilt in the screen and I want to dust the hardware within the screen just like I used to take the side of my old tower and dust inside there. I have no ...
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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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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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Removing a MX Clear switch from WASD Code keyboard

I recently purchased a few Code keyboards. My kid spilled soda on the keys, and now a few of them are sluggish and don't "snap" anymore. I removed the caps, and the switch itself is what is sluggish....
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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 Depot® Brand Cleaning Duster) to try to blow the dust off some dusty parts of my computer. The instructions are ...
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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 ...