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cleaning advice

know dust can cause problems(haven't had any yet) so what is recommended. have a dell dimension 8400 that opens up like a clam shell. do you good people use the canned air for blowing out dust or there other options, like an air compressor set at 100 psi....LOL. any other tips or links appreciated. thanks

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Canned air is handy and easy to use but if you think about it that method doesn't really remove the crud it just moves it some other place.

I always thought a small house vac and a small brush was a better method.

At least it removes the crud instead of just pushing it around.

I suppose you could crank up a leaf blower and stick that in there that would certainly remove the crud but I doubt you would be happy with the results.

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The first thing I do is use a vacuume to pickup all the loose dust. Then the vacuume and can of air with the long nozzle to get the crud. If there is some realy stuborn stuff I just turn the can upside down and blast it. John
P.S. make sure the power is off.

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Home made filters......

Due to the layout of my electronics room, my three desktop computer towers are only 3-4 inches off the floor. So naturally no matter how good a housekeeper they collect dust/bunnies. What I did was go to the nearest computer/electronics store and buy a few of those computer fan guards (aprx $1.30 ea measure size), bend the screw eyehole connector prongs to accept a cut out heater/air conditioner filter and connect it to the outside (of the PC case) of your intake fan that blows air into the computer. My computers did not have intake fans, and on two of them I was able to use the air holes already in the back of the PC and just install a $12 fan inside the PC case with the filter on the outside to change easily. On one computer I cut holes in the side of the tower case for installation of a inside fan & outside filter.

My computers run cool and clean just changing the throwaway homemade filters whenever they seem to be dirty.

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