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    Too much dust inside my computer. Help!

    I have a ridiculous amount of dust inside my computer case and I'm looking for the best way to clean it up. I've been looking for some 'air duster' canisters but I'm worried that they'll just blow dust everywhere.

    I remember a friend had a can of air duster that actually made the dust clump together to make it easy to clean off. Anyone know where to buy this?

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    jab the business end of a vacuum cleaner inside and give it a good jiggle. works for me

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    Air duster works fine as long as you strip out any easy to remove items and take the case outside. If you use it carefully you can get the dust moved to certain areas and then use a vacuum cleaner as stated above
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    and make sure you do this outside !!!

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    i think a hoover would do fine on its own tbh, obviosly unplugg your comp and be carefull not to smash anything lol, or if hou have a car hoover thing that may work well?

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    Be careful with vaccuum cleaners, as they can be very very good at generating static electricity. Which you don't want to point ot your expensive but delicate electrical components.
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    Is the chance of static electricity reduced when using a long extention on the vacuum cleaner's nossle?

    I've used this method for years, and hasn't caused a problem.

    But safest way would be to use air canisters and show those dead skin cells who's boss!

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    Stick womens tights (pantyhoes are they? if your american) over the fan and clean em out every few weeks.

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    I agree, but don't get it by yourself if you're a man I had a bad experience. Alternatively you can get a fan filter for a few quid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffo_ View Post
    Stick womens tights (pantyhoes are they? if your american) over the fan and clean em out every few weeks.
    Another vote for the use of tights and you can use them on the fan inlets too if you like

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    Quote Originally Posted by uk_sam View Post
    I remember a friend had a can of air duster that actually made the dust clump together to make it easy to clean off. Anyone know where to buy this?
    That sounds like normal compressed air which he is spraying from too close a distance, resulting in moisture in the air, from the pressure change, being sprayed onto the dust, making it 'stick' togethor

    either that or it had some sort of charge on it, but I doubt it !!!


    I always just take my shuttle to the window, give it a few good puffs from the lungs and then use the vacuum cleaner nozel on the graphics card fan, case fan etc ....
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    the way I do it is to use some compressed air (you get 5 for £11 in costco) and also have a vacume cleaner near by sucking in the the dust that you blow out. Looks like new!

    Just make sure you hold the can upright and that you put a pen in your fans so not to blow them around with the compressed air.

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    also you could use a small shaving brush to gently wipe over the dust and then use the vacume as mentioned above

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    I'd collect the dust package it and then sell it as pixie dust on egay, am sure some mug will buy it

    In terms of cleaning do remember that repeated stroking of components (ohhh-errr missus!) could result in a build and subsequent discharge of static, especially if the brush you use have nylon bristles, just be careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    jab the business end of a vacuum cleaner inside and give it a good jiggle. works for me
    I'm sure I used to have 2 gig of RAM

    There are seveal dinky USB or battery vacuum cleaners available, some of them even work!
    If you like your computer - love it a little, take the time to use cotton buds to lift the dust off cpu fan and heat sinks, then use the air duster to blow it all out the window to be someone elses problem

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    Find somebody with a proper air compressor with a blow gun attachment - cleans it like new in seconds!

    I do it with all my PC's each time I take the lid off to change something.

    Never had a problem.

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