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

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Cleaning touchpad and now wont work

My laptop was kind of dirty s i decided to clean it with a Lysol wipe, (Mind you I wringed it out) and now everything but my touch pad works. Like the touch pad will be fine for 20 seconds but will ...
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Can you soak a keyboard in distilled water or 99% iso for smells?

A slight varient on a somewhat common issuue, but in this case I have a g915 that a cat peed into pretty substantially. The owner then ran the keyboard under the sink and rice dried. While it works ...
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Laptop Fan Makes Grinding Sound Every Two Months After Cleaning

I am using some old laptops as a render farm (100% CPU load 24/7), and one of them (around 7 years old) eventually started making a grinding noise from the fan. I disassembled it and cleaned the metal ...
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Is it safe to use 70% isopropyl alcohol on electrical contacts on any device with a battery as long as it's powered off?

I'm talking about USB ports and charging ports for laptops and phones. I want to use a cotton swab or a microfiber cloth dampened with alcohol to clean the inside. Compressed air won't do it. They're ...
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Bootloader does not ask for power-on password after having (un)plugged the hard drive and CD player

Normal situation The computer in point is an oldish but perfectly working HP. The BIOS set-up utility is Aptio Set-Up Utility 2.10.1208. The bootloader has worked for ages with a power-on password and ...
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Moving Roaming folder

My C: is always full and the main reason is because of the Roaming folder, I see people on the Internet move it to another drive to save space. Is it really safe to do this? How to move it, I always ...
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Any way to clean a PC safely with vacuum?

I have cleaned by CPU with a vacuum cleaner about 5-6 times now. Today I learned that cleaning the PC in such a manner can short the motherboard and render the PC useless. However, a vacuum cleanup ...
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Isopropyl alcohol and water droplets

I have a big container of 100% isopropyl alcohol that I purchased. I poured it in a small spray liquid bottle that used to have ethanol/propanol, which I cleaned with water. What I realized after ...
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how do I clean ink out from inside the hp officejet 8600 printhead?

I'm getting the dreaded "there is a problem with the ink system" on my hp officejet 8600. After watching a bunch of youtube videos I took it apart, and when I took the springs out (see ...
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Want to clean those hard-to-reach stubborn files (Windows 10 and Google Drive)

OK well the start of this project was that I wanted to donate or give away some my old computers. One of them is a Sony integrated VPCJ1 PC nearly ten years old, now running Windows 10, which is still ...
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Is it safe to use an Electric Duster to clean PC?

Is it generally safe to use an electric duster onto the PC? Are there any components that should be exempted from being blown by an electric duster? Is there a maximum air pressure (psi) that you ...
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Do cans of compressed air do anything besides scatter dirt inside?

They often recommend to use cans of compressed air to clean laptop inside. I'm curious if scientifically this good idea. All the spray seems to do is scatter the dust in the laptop, it doesn't ...
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Proper way to remove saliva from motherboard [duplicate]

Saliva came into contact with my CPU. I cleaned the majority off with 99% isopropyl alcohol, but shelved it for later. Now I am once again in the process of cleaning it, as the motherboard I bought to ...
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How should I clean these faint yellow spots on my display?

It happened two days ago. I thought I had unknowingly used my laptop without sanitizing my hands, so I had sprayed the sanitizer on the keyboard. After that, I closed the left my laptop unused for ...
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Cleaning a dusty laptop motherboard

I have an old laptop that hasn't been opened or dusted for the better part of the six years I've had it, and when I took it apart to upgrade the storage, I found a lot of caked on dust on the ...
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I have to clean my laptop fans every 1 to 2 days [duplicate]

I have a gaming laptop, to be specific its a acer nitro 5. Every one to two day's I have to open it, clean it, and sometimes i put some WD 40 to make it less noisy. Sometimes the fan blades start to ...
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8 Gb pen drive does not show space when formatting with diskpart

I have a 8 GB usb and due to some problem as discussed here I am trying to format my USB disk which is 8 GB in size. When I insert the USB following message pops up so I decided to format the usb ...
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Is this cleaning product safe to use on the screen of my laptop? [closed]

This is the link to the product. This is the link to my laptop specs. If you don't want to go there, I'll just paste the display specs here: 15.6" FHD (1920x1080/16:9) LED Retroiluminado 120Hz ...
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How can I fix a malfunctioning optical keyboard?

I've been using this keyboard for a few years now; it's technically a "gaming" keyboard, but I find great use in it for programming and 3D modeling as well. Most of the keys are optical and high-...
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Razer Blackwidow X Chroma Tournament Edition got broken after pouring isopropilic alcohol

I was cleaning my keyboard, and the idea of cleaning the insides of the switches pouring isopropilic alcohol onto them and pressing them multiple times came across my mind. I did it with every switch. ...
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Print head won’t clean, despite multiple cleaning processes [duplicate]

I’ve got an Epson WF-7620 printer. I first started using the printer a little over two years ago. To date the printer has printed approximately 5000 pages. I have always used 3rd party ink cartridges ...
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Avoid leaving personal data when you quit your job

I'm starting working on a new job soon and will be given a corporate laptop. Besides work projects, there will be some my personal data footprint like logged in email, messengers, personal documents ...
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Best way to clean pogo pin connectors

What's the best way to clean pogo pin connectors? In particular, I've been having recurring problems with the pogo pin connector on the keyboard of an HP Spectre X2 (an Microsoft Surface clone). I'...
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Is 99 percent anhydrous isopropyl alcohol safe for gpu mobo etc?

I normally clean my GPU and motherboard with 91 percent isopropyl alcohol but it leaves an oily looking film even though the bottle says the inactive ingredient is water. I found some MG Chemicals 99 ...
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How do I clean up my mac folders?

I have a lot of random files that are left over from like previous plugin installs and app installs with a . prefix. How should I go about cleaning these up and knowing what I can delete and what I ...
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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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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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