Today I’m going to give you a computer tip to use in your armoury against the frightening electronic world in which we find ourselves.
I have an old-fashioned pc with a big box hard drive because it is significantly easier to fix should anything go wrong. Mr IT Sorted bowls up with a reassuring smile, performs magic inside the box and then we all disperse in peace and tranquillity.
On his last visit, he gave me a wonderful maintenance tip which is especially pertinent to the slatterns among us who refrain from housework on the grounds of being inexpressibly indolent. Oh no, hang on, my house is very dusty because … I am… building up my children’s immune systems. Sure that’s it, Peewee, it’s all coming back to me now.
Anyway. Because the fan in your hard drive box sucks air in to cool things down, an awful lot of dust gets sucked in with it and this can seriously impede the healthy function of your machine. My machine periodically tries to boot, emits a long beep (which roughly translates as ‘bugger off you filthy peasant’ in binary) and shuts down again, repeating this action indefinitely. Here’s what you do.
Take the side off the box, it should just ease out of its clips.
Apply your vacuum cleaner to its insides, paying particular attention to the area round the fans.
Cut a piece out of an old pair of tights and sellotape this over the air vents – inside or outside – of the box. This allows the air to circulate but filters out most of the dust.
Replace the side.
I did this this evening and my computer sprang into action like unto a mountain goat. And here I am.