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    Recently my computer was having lag on all directX apps. I have a common routine for if the computer starts overheating a lot (which it also did). And that routine is dusting it's innards. No. Really. It made all my games work without lag and an Empire naval battle (at full graphics settings) with gale winds and a rain storm worked almost free of lag. Just wanted to say this and if your CPU's overheating, vacuuming it's insides should help.
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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    I thought I was the only lunatic that put a vaccumm to my computer.

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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    Maybe you are. Then again I am a lunatic.
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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    Blow it out. Compressed air works well. Vaccuum on reverse is better than sucking.
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    Compressed air would be safer.

    You couldn't pay me to shove a vacuum cleaner into my machine.

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    Get some compressed air. Much more fun although seeing how dirty everything is can be a bit of a surprise.
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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    I'll bear that in mind, but this seems to work and I havent sucked up my hard disk... yet

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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    Quote Originally Posted by Schiltrom View Post
    I'll bear that in mind, but this seems to work and I havent sucked up my hard disk... yet
    It's not sucking up components that you need to worry about, it's the static charge that can build up from its use. If you seriously put a vacuum inside your machine and escaped without a single incident then you're very lucky. Of course, that is to say nothing of the risk of long-term effects.
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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    The static from shoving bits of metal into your PC could very well cause some of the more sensitive components to fry. Don't do this. And for the love of God never do it with the PC switched on.

    Compressed air is definitely the way, and its also a lot of fun .


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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    Compressed air on anything is a whole lot of fun.

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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    I use compressed air then vaccuum the dust where it gathers.

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    Default Re: Troubleshooting: Dust It

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Beane View Post
    The static from shoving bits of metal into your PC could very well cause some of the more sensitive components to fry. Don't do this. And for the love of God never do it with the PC switched on.

    Compressed air is definitely the way, and its also a lot of fun .
    Indeed, just don't shake it up and only use it in bursts. If you see ice-crystals you're doing it wrong!

    A vacuum is okay for the outside the case and for the outer fans, ect, but you should never put it inside the case, for whatever reason. Ideally you should be using two things, anti-static wipes (the dry kind, not the moist.) and compressed air. The former can be a little hard to find but the later can be found anywhere electronics are sold, and is normally pretty cheap.

    You should also take your case out of the room you're running it in before blasting it. I like to take it outside so that way the dust ends up in the air out there, and not in the air in my room where it's gonna get sucked right back into the case with the fan.
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