chrishoffman — 2014-08-12T06:50:02-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/194479/how-to-clean-the-dust-out-of-your-laptop/
If you’ve had your laptop for a year or two, it may be full of dust. Dust clogs fans, vents, and heat sinks, preventing your PC from cooling down properly. You can remove a good amount of this dust, even if you can’t open your laptop.
xhi — 2014-08-12T08:29:57-04:00 — #2
If you use more than 3-4 cans of compressed air I recommend this. I haven't bought and canned air in 3 years since I got it.
daglesj — 2014-08-12T09:36:34-04:00 — #3
Ahhh even cheaper and helps build up your grip is the Giotto Rocket Lens Blower. Works a treat and also saves me a fortune over buying those canned air rip-offs.
Well worth buying.
wilsontp — 2014-08-12T10:14:10-04:00 — #4
I use one of these. The person who moved out of my previous house left this behind because he simply didn't have room for it at his new place.
retired_old_guy — 2014-08-12T10:46:38-04:00 — #5
Depending on the nature of the canned air, I would be against its use as there CFCs used in the can. While the exact nature of the CFC might not be on an environmental list, it is nonetheless linked to problems in our environment. As our company cleans out 5 to 10 computer per day, this would be a lot of cans going to the garbage and many hundreds of litres of gas - typically CFCs. I much rather use a compressor for this purpose, but the article mentions that there could be water in that stream of air. Quite correctly, the author does say that this is a very small and remote chance of spraying water, the solution is rather simple. Near the bottom of the tank is a valve that is used to blow out any water buildup. At room temperatures, the amount of water vapour that can be generated in a 100 PSI pressures is exceptionally remote.
This is a much larger compressor, and one that I will need to move up to - only because of the shear volume of computers we clean while we do our annual maintenance for our clients. We also use the compressor for other reasons. Canadian Tire often has smaller 2 gallon units on sale for about $ 50. The are excellent products to have, but again, there needs to be some maintenance on them - pressurize them mildly, and open the valve to push out any water that has accumulated.
People look to Geeks for information, and I think that this is a better option than the canned air - for economic and ecological reasons.
straspey — 2014-08-12T10:55:32-04:00 — #6
There's a small computer-repair shop in my neighborhood, and they have a special tool which will clean out every last particle of dust from your laptop -- without fail...
scott_vt — 2014-08-12T12:26:37-04:00 — #7
I may be inland but this works wonders:
wilsontp — 2014-08-12T12:45:00-04:00 — #8
Water does build up in the tank, though. When I drain my tank, there's usually a few ounces of water in the bottom.
retired_old_guy — 2014-08-12T13:07:27-04:00 — #9
Yes, and by using the plug at the bottom of the air tank or the compressor, that small amount of water is forced out by the mild pressure in the tank. I do this every Saturday evening at our shop, and the unit is ready for Monday. I think that I collect about an ounce or two by week's end. For the casual user, this is even less of a problem. But, most importantly, there is an ecological / environmental advantage to the compressor. I think as well, for Mentor Computers here in Thunder Bay, an economic advantage too !!
sirraf03 — 2014-08-12T20:38:40-04:00 — #10
Air compressors are great, and in a dry environment a once a week drain is usually fine. But moisture in the air increases occasionally , like when it's raining, and some times/places the moisture is just higher and if you put your blow nozzle against a flat surface (obviously not electronic) and just let the air flow, you will sometimes see moisture bead up on the surface as the airflow cools the surface and moisture condenses out. You can reduce this tendency by installing an air dryer or desiccant system that range from just a simple little canister with an element in it, to an expensive setup that can cost quite a bit. for blowing out a computer, especially if you drain it frequently the simple cheap ones usually only cost $10 to $20 USD and if you look hard can probably find them cheaper. Combine that with a pressure regulator (for nozzle pressure, not tank pressure) and you can't go wrong!
hameedtweet1989 — 2014-08-13T05:01:07-04:00 — #11
Here we cant get a can of compressed air from the market and owning a small compressor is almost impossible ( they are very expensive). Would you suggest any alternatives?
wilsontp — 2014-08-13T11:30:28-04:00 — #12
You might be able to make your own air blower with a balloon, a piece of rubber tubing, and a nozzle of some sort...
sirraf03 — 2014-08-13T18:37:36-04:00 — #13
Bicycle tire pump, inner tube and short piece of straw. Remove vale stem in inner tube, fill with pump, pinch of at bottom of stem, put straw on stem and squeeze tip to control/concentrate flow and slowly release pressure from pinch at base of stem. If you can find a rubber tube/hose that fits the stem without blowing off, you might eliminate the controlling pinch at the base of the stem.
bnjohanson — 2014-08-14T03:52:56-04:00 — #14
...thanks for immediately disclosing that you have succumbed to becoming a Loon at the onset so that I could therefore avoid the rest of the blather that is therefore disqualified by definition.
sirraf03 — 2014-08-14T04:40:22-04:00 — #15
But by repetition, the iteration is by definition a qualification that defines the looniness that could be lost in the blather.
bnjohanson — 2014-08-14T04:54:08-04:00 — #16
...hence I capitalized on the opportunity to keep it pithy.
hameedtweet1989 — 2014-08-20T05:27:29-04:00 — #17
Thank You.. I will try it out!!
system — 2014-08-22T06:50:11-04:00 — #18
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