Note for those with nuke powers
: This was published under the account "RighteousFunby" which is now more or less dead. This was its sole surviving writeup. Yes, it was my account.
OK, a few things to start with:
OK, that done? Good. Now, here's a guide.
Firstly, take the covers
off your PC
. Leave the front fascia
on, obviously, but take every other panel
off. Next, take out all of the PCI
and ISA cards
in the PC, unplug all of the IDE cables
, all of the floppy cables
, all of the memory
and set them down somewhere for later. Once everything is unplugged from the mobo
, remove the power supply
. Then, as a final step
, remove the mobo. Unscrew it and pull it out.
If you've had your PC for a while
then you'll notice a large amount of dust
. A very large amount of dust. Get some toilet paper and wipe it all up
. All of it
. And get used to it
all the dust off the PCI, AGP and/or ISA cards, and all of the memory chips
. Blow into the CPU fan
and the fan on the PSU to get rid of dust. It's handy to have a bendy straw
, or plain McDonalds straw
to do this.
Wipe off all of the dust on the drives
, and slowly but surely put back all of the components
you took out. Seal the case up and (if you want to do this less often) use blanking plates
and masking tape
to seal up gaps in the case where dust can get in. Just make sure you cover no fans
Now for the keyboard
. Use flathead screw drivers to prise off all the keys, then clean out all of the crap
underneat them. Remember to use something like Notepad
to find which keys go where. And yes, the space bar is an ass
to get in again.
out the mouse
. Get all the black crap outta there
Wipe down the monitor
or something, and do the same for any other peripherals
That really should be it...enjoy your clean computer, and if anyone knows any better ways to clean out a PC, post em below. Mac
help would also be appreciated
OK, UPDATE TIME! smartalix
suggested not using straws because of the spit factor. Yeah, it's a problem, but a very insignificant one...spit dries :D He also suggests a mini vac. I have one, but it needs batteries, and I have a PC so that I can spend as little money as is possible, so the straw stays.
says that wiping boards causes a potential difference which can fry them. True, but if you're really that conscious, use a straw (ducks)...