A useful computer maintenance tip

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. 

Hoover your pcOn 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.

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8 Responses to A useful computer maintenance tip

  1. David Smith February 20, 2014 at 20:12 #

    Not a bad idea but do remember to disconnect the PC before attempting anything. Take extra care when cleaning the parts, electronic components can be very delicate. If over heating occurs it could be the stocking is restricting flow and think on, even stockings need to be cleaned or replaced periodically.

  2. wartimehousewife February 20, 2014 at 21:57 #

    Yes to all of that, David!

  3. Random Dent February 21, 2014 at 07:36 #

    “There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.” – Quentin Crisp

  4. wartimehousewife February 21, 2014 at 09:53 #

    Welcome Random Dent. Weirdly I’ve just ordered the Naked Civil Servant on dvd. And I couldnt agree more!

  5. Flat Stanley February 21, 2014 at 20:59 #

    At the impressionable age of 19, I had the good fortune to meet the wonderful Quentin Crisp and treasure my copy of his book that still carries the aroma of his whiskey that he accidentally spilt over it
    His adage about dust reaching a maximum capacity after a few years so why worry about it was the one I chose to live by rather than my school motto ‘to strive’ which always made me feel rather tired – or was that the dull assemblies

  6. Stephen Barker February 23, 2014 at 15:36 #

    I thought you were going to train the boys in the joy of housework.

  7. Toffeeapple February 25, 2014 at 09:10 #

    When (if) I vacuum my keyboard, I cover the tube with something gauzy before putting the round brush on – just in case I vacuum up something very important…

  8. Andrew March 3, 2014 at 16:17 #

    Just remember not to touch any of the parts with the plastic hose in case of a static discharge as computers are quite sensitive to this. Secondly the are various toxic chemicals on the circuit boards (flame retardants, traces of lead) so make sure you do it in a well ventilated area.

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