how to clean dust with vacuum from inside PC?

January 7, 2011 at 07:28:43
Specs: Windows XP
I want to vacuum inside my computer tower but am worried about static electricity,

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January 7, 2011 at 08:06:25
You are right to be worried. The simple answer is don't. If you need to blow out dust use canned air or a separate compressed air source but don't use a vacuum cleaner.


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January 7, 2011 at 09:23:26

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January 7, 2011 at 14:48:21
Be careful too with the air. Take it outside and wear goggles and dust mask. If you blow it inside the dirt just goes back to the system.

Small parts and jumpers can blow out and if you use a high speed air you can create just as much or more static as a vacuum plastic hose can produce.

You could safely tape a paper tube to the end of the vacuum and it would be safe. Paper is static safe if it is simply paper or cardboard.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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January 7, 2011 at 15:33:27
I have been using a vacume for years. The first time I set about cleaning a system I was warned not to use compressed air. Something about positively and negatively charged particles land on oppossingly charged components. Anyway I use a vacume with a cardboard tube funneled down to a cardboard straw. The vacume is one of those with a built in container that you have to empty so if I suck up any jumpers I can retrieve them. After I had done this for a bit I was told I should use compressed air instead. Go figure! Given the number of people that say don't use a vacume and the fact that I have read hundreds of their posts and developed some respect for some of them I will not recomend a vacume be used.

The one thing I will say is beyond the shadow of a doubt do not use any old air compressor. If you do not have a filter drier installed you could be blowing condinsation all over your system. I have seen two motherboards go "POOF" up in smoke after someone did that. One of them took most everything else with it. If there is condinsation in the compressor tank after time there is also rust so now you also have tiny metal particles flying about.


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January 8, 2011 at 02:32:55
I use a hairdryer set to cold and maximum blast, with a long thin soft paint brush to assist.

Has allways worked for me.

Have to do it outside though, otherwise get an earbashing from 'er indoors!

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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