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Questions tagged [cleaning]

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

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GPU fan noisy after cleaning

I have a PC with a Radeon 6450 video card. Some days ago I used canned air to clean the computer, I sprayed gently. When I then tried to start the computer it went fine, up until after some 3 hours ...
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Excel — Comparing 2 lists with several columns

I have 2 lists with several columns. Each list has 5 columns, and 4/5 columns will have different values from both lists, but the remaining column is for dates. Both lists' 'Dates' Column are of ...
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How to stop Dell notification on my computer?

This annoying message comes up all the time. Even when I press "Do not remind me", it keeps coming. How can I get rid of it for good?
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cleaning CPU's from cooling paste

I ask this question is because sometimes CPU's are carried by air planes and the cooling paste may pop out from the cover hole because of the different air pressures in an airplane. is anyone ...
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WinSxS folder minimizing with DISM online /SPSuperseded vs DISM online /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

In order to minimize WinSxS folder you can use the following DISM commands: dism /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase Using the /ResetBase switch with the /...
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Dust stuck on Laptop Screen

The image u can view, is of my laptop screen, on which the dust is stuck and does not come out easily. The dust from keyboard keys over the time when laptop kept in bad position, the dust sticks on ...
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Is it okay to use stuff like kerosene and gasoline to clean a PCs display?

It is cheaper, no necessary to buy something else, cleans very well. But how good it is for display ?
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Can i use cleaning alcohol 90% to remove thermal paste on the cpu?

Do i need to buy Arctic Silver cleaner to clean off the thermal paste of the cpu? Can i remove it with a cleaning alcohol or even antistatic cleaner?
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How to remove smell of cigarettes from PC setup [duplicate]

I recently moved out of a place with three roomates who smoked indoors. They smoked in the basement which is also where my PC was set up. I left my PC on nearly all the time so it's been breathing ...
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Cleaning laptop keyboard using antibacterial wet wipes

I recently ate a meal beside my lenovo laptop. I accidentally spilled some of the food. My keyboard now contained some grease and oil. Having no idea what to do, I used a type of face-cleaning/...
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Cleaning a USB Drive from sugar grains

I have this dual USB drive from sandisk. When I put it in my backpack there were some spilled sugar grains from packages you get for your tea at hotels which got in the drive. It gnashes every time I ...
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Is it safe to vacuum or blow with manual pump a PC if the nozzle is grounded ?

From what I read, static charge can be built up by the dust going against the plastic of the pump/vacuum, hence the risk of doing so. But if I simply connect the plastic nozzle of the pump/vacuum to ...
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Is it safe to soak a motherboard in vinegar?

Some older motherboards have batteries that will leak over time. Obviously this can cause damage to the motherboard. I read on the interwebs that to clean up the leakage, one could: take the ...
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is the dust or dirt in USB bad to USB port?

I've got a new laptop that I like, but my USB stick has quite some dirt that is sticky and unable to clean, and some dirt which looks like an oxidization or even corrosion. Plugging it into the new ...
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why do I find registry problems and unnecessary files after Windows 10 reset and might they cause further problems?

My laptop has two drives inside: an SSD where I put the operative systems (WIndows 10 x64 and Linux in dual boot) and a hard disk which I use for media storage and installing most of softwares. I did ...
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Printer's head keeps getting dirty

My printer's head keeps getting very dirty after printing a few pages. I noticed that the little sponge (I don't know how to better call it), placed on the right side of the printer where the head ...
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CCleaner doesn't include username\AppData\Local\Temp for cleaning

Does anyone know why CCleaner doesn't include username\AppData\Local\Temp for cleaning?
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Weird Windows 'cleanmgr' result

I just ran cleanmgr in my windows 7 and I've got a seriously weird result. It says my TEMP folder is 352 GB. But my HDD is only 300 GB. I have 2 OS on it (Windows 7 and a Linux) Is is virus related, ...
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Oily substance on keyboard beneath silicone keyboard cover

When I use cheap silicone keyboard covers, I get a slick, oily residue on the keys beneath the cover. This has happened multiple times on two different computers with two different covers It happens ...
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How do I clean the rubber surface on my mouse, which has become sticky over time?

I've had a Razer DeathAdder for a few years. The surface is quite sticky, not like a residue but more clingy. Wiping with water doesn't work. It gets smooth when wet but straight back to sticky when ...
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Cleaning computer cables In the dishwasher

A large quantity of assorted computer cables came into my possession. The collection includes almost every type of computer-related cable (video, USB, Ethernet, printer, audio and speaker, SATA, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to reset the maintenance counter of the intermediate transfer unit of a Konica Minolta magicolor 2430DL?

I've replaced the transfer belt unit of a Konica Minolta magicolor 2430DL and the instructions that came with the piece say that I need to "reset the maintenance counter of the Intermediate Transfer ...
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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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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 “rolling” 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What's the best way to clean out dust from a laptop?

What's the best way to clean out dust from a laptop? My laptop overheats due to the dust clogging up the heat sink inside.
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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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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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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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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 ...