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

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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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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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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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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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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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Greasy water in laptop's DIMM slot

My wife was having dinner in front of (on top of) the laptop and she spilled some soup onto it, right above the touchpad. Almost all of the soup ended up in the upper DIMM slot which sits underneath ...
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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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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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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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How to clean an already installed Mac OS Mavericks without a complete reinstall

I have an iMac that has OS X Mavericks installed. I've been using it as a desktop computer for quite a while now. Downloaded movies, installed apps, have several users, etc. Now I need to give this ...
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Can I use vodka to clean my keyboard?

I spilled beer on my keyboard a while back, and some of the keys are sticky. It's driving me crazy, and I don't have any isopropyl. Can I use vodka to clean it?
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CPU overheating after cleaning it

I wanted to clean my computer CPU heatsink and fan itself, because the temperature is not what I wanted. About (50C ~ 70C). I have Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 @1.8 GHz (LGA775). The heatsink wasn't so ...
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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 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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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: ...
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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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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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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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“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 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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Automatically delete old files from a specified folder?

I want to set up an automatic task that will automatically delete files older than X days from a specific folder. I'd prefer to do it without having to install any 3rd party software, but I'll be ok ...
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What substances are good for cleaning a laptop from fat and dirt without damaging it? [closed]

All the computer case and peripheral devices surfaces use to get covered with fat-based dirts with time. Also there can be glue left of label stickers and other nasty things. Alcohol can do great ...
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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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Is it safe to clean temporary files produced by Hudson?

I tried to clean this directory in my vitural machine: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp However, this VM is a Hudson Slave, and I found it full with directories of this ...
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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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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 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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Remove Possible Smoke Damage from a Desktop Computer

I had a fire in my house last week. I have several home brew computers that look like they have not received any actual fire or water damage. I've heard that the acidic qualities of the smoke may ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Hardware: Can a PC case fan be dissembled and cleaned?

Situation: I have an 80mm case fan that is clogged with dust in/around the motor. The fan has become much harder to rotate manually and sometimes stops altogether when powered. Question: Can a case ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to prevent keyboard keys from getting greasy

I can get very particular and easily bothered by things like greasy keys and despite washing my hands before using my computer and cleaning my keys with alcohol almost every day, it's still always ...
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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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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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A cleaning gone very wrong

I had intended to help a friend with cleaning out her family's computer. I have a bit of tech expierence myself having upgraded and regularly cleaning my own but this is just random as hell. I turned ...
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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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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 ...