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I propose a new Forum called Dust and Loose Connections!

by Dumbpeni / August 14, 2010 3:13 AM PDT

Computer users still dont get it.... Dust or loose connections is the runaway leader in computer problems.. They are everywhere.

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Rather than a new forum around this topic...
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / August 23, 2010 3:11 AM PDT

How about a specific and detailed post called "Dust and loose connections can cause computer problems!"?

If you post useful explanation on how problems associated with dust and loose connections can effect PC perfomances and lead to failure, then I can make your post a sticky for all to see.

How about it? Possible in the PC hardware forum?

Let me know what you think.


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Yep, I'm all for that.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 24, 2010 5:45 AM PDT

We often have to help members with computer cleaning.

A Sticky Post, with step by step guidance, a video or two, may be existing YouTube videos? I know CNET already has a "Weekend Project" video for cleaning a grungy PC.

And don't forget laptops.

It would be great, we could then link to the sticky post for more guidance/information.


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I agree. Stickys are forever here.
by James Denison / August 25, 2010 2:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Yep, I'm all for that.

And sounds like a good one to have.

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Now the question is, any volunteers?
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / August 25, 2010 2:28 AM PDT

This can be a collaborative member effort to make the best sticky ever for this topic Grin

It's going to be tough to beat one of John's Windows FAQs, but it's not a contest--it something that will help all! Let's take a crack at it. Anyone want to start?

Boy I wish we had a wiki tool for the forums...

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Yep, I volunteer..
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 25, 2010 3:09 AM PDT

Dumbpeni ! Happy


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I think Wayne still has me beat...
by John.Wilkinson / August 25, 2010 8:10 AM PDT

He was documenting the eccentricities of the forum moderators and 404s before I clicked my first Delete button, and those pages are still a source of timeless laughter.

Cheers, Wayne.

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by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / August 25, 2010 9:10 AM PDT
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(NT) And now I have my own sticky sticky!!
by Coryphaeus / August 29, 2010 9:59 AM PDT
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Dust and Loose Connections Are Interesting Topics!
by Dumbpeni / February 25, 2011 2:23 PM PST

I like to keep the inside of my desktop as well as laptop free of dust and loose connections! I discover that either half inch paintbrush (non plastic bristle) or one inch paintbrush is really great for "brooming" dust off mommyboards , cooling fan/sink, etc while using your vaccuum tool (plastic, never metal end) in another hand at same time. For detailed dusting, you will need a very thin philip screwdriver to remove cooling fan covers usally found on graphic cards to better penetrate copper heat sink passageways. I choose disposable paintbrushes with yellow bristles commonly found at Home Depots and Lowes. As for connections, I find that those molex type connections (cheap variety) tend to crack inside and wiring ends coming off and short circuting at every whim around that is metal. And those crappy SATA connections that is far worse than molex connections.. SATA connections lack any secure clicking feeling that they are connected tight. a slight bump would loosen it. I had to tape SATA cable with any of the power supply cable that is close enough as an anchor to ensure that the connection stay there!! I wonder who engineered those lame SATA connection ends?? I also find that some power supply cables are corraled with overtightened plastic clamps that the plastic clamps start cutting into the wires and causing stray short circuits. I snapped all the friggin' plastic clamps and taped the harness with old trusty black electric tape. Any open molex connections are taped over with elecrical black tapes as well. those open molex connections tend to kiss all over the metal parts inside my desktop.. you never know if there is any stray electrical short ciruits happening anytime. Paranoia is good! BTW, sorry for not replying soon enough ...I just found my tracked discussions after waiting months for any message about my tracked discsusions by email that never came.. Oh , I have to come here to check it out ..

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