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MISCELLANEOUS TIPS 2

PC CLEANING TIPS:

Heat And A Clean Computer:

As mentioned before, PCs do not like heat. Naturally, as the PC runs it consumes power, a by-product of this consumption is heat. However, component like transistors and integrated circuits are designed to work in certain environmental conditions. Therefore, we want to keep as much heat away from them as possible to ensure their continued existence. Inside every PC power supply is a built-in circulating fan. This fans job is to pull cool air in the front of the computer circulate it through the PC case and exhaust it out the back thus cooling the internal components. Most newer tower cased PCs have some additional fans to help in this process due to all the air flow interference by internal equipment inside the PC case.

Dirt and dust in the air collect inside the PC case and on those components we wish to keep cool. Now, I don't care how good a housekeeper you have or are, the internals of a PC will get dirty. Tower based units that sit on a floor are the worst for collecting dirt and dust.

NOTE TO SMOKERS

      Try and avoid smoking around a PC. The simple reason for this is that cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke contains tar-and tar is sticky and the dust and dirt stick to the PC components real well with the mixture of dirt and tar

 

Cleaning The Inside of Your PC:

Removal of this dirt and dust is quite simple. Vacuum it out. However, to do this Caution is the operative word here. Before you start collect this equipment together:

    1. Vacuum with small nozzle attachment

    2. Soft small paint or makeup brush with long handle

    3. Static Wrist Strap (absolute necessity to prevent static electricity buildup)

    4. Clean cloth

    5. Time to do it right

Follow these steps:

    1. Turn off the PC

    2. Remove the power cord

    3. Remove the case (or if equipped just the side cover)

    4. Install the Static Wrist Strap between the PC case and you

    5. Turn on vacuum

NOTE

        Do Not Use The Vacuum Nozzle By It's Self As You May Damage A Component Or Dislodge A Cable Connection

  • 6. Using the brush, dust off all collections of dust and dirt throughout the PC while holding the vacuum nozzle nearby so as to suck in the deposits you loosen with the brush. Pay particular attention to the power supply cooling holes and the exhaust fan outlet on the outside of the case.
  • 7. Use the cloth and carefully wipe the sides of the drive bay and power supply
  • 8. Turn off the vacuum
  • 9. Remove any thing you might have left in the case
  • 10. Remove the Static Wrist Strap
  • 11. Install the PC case or side cover
  • 12. Connect the PC power cord
  • 13. Turn on the PC
  • 14. Does everything work?
    • a. Yes-go to step 15

      b. No-go to step 16

  • 15. Congratulations you have just completed your first PC cleaning job
  • 16. You may have dislodged a cable connection. Perform steps 1 through 4 (don't forget the Static Wrist Strap) and look for a loose connection on one of the wide/thin gray IDE cables
  • 17. If there is a loose connection, plug it back in
  • 18. Leaving the case open, plug in the power cord, and turn on the PC
  • 19. Does everything work?
    • a. Yes-go to step 15

      b. No-go to step 20

  • 20. Repeat step 16 until through 19 until step 19s answer is yes (or call us)
  • 21. Turn off PC
  • 22. Remove the Static Wrist Strap
  • 23. Install the PC case or side cover
  • 24. Connect the PC power cord
  • 25. Turn on the PC
  • 26. Congratulations you have just completed your first PC cleaning job

Mouse Ball and Roller Cleaning: (Not for Optical Mice)

As you move the mouse on a flat surface the ball turns the rollers inside and sends signals to the computer, the computer then translates these signals into the movement of the mouse pointer. For this reason it is important to keep the rollers inside your mouse clean, any piece of dust/debris no matter how small can make your mouse behave abnormally. To clean your mouse ball gather the following materials:

    1. A lint-free soft tissue

    2. Window cleaner (Windex) is fine

Follow these steps to remove, clean and install the tracking ball and rollers in your mouse:

    1. Turn off the PC

    2. Unplug the mouse from the back of the PC, noting the location and orientation of the connector (Important)

    3. Turn the mouse upside down and notice the removable cover on the bottom of the mouse

    4. Turn the mouse cover anti-clockwise and remove the cover

    5. Turn the mouse right side up while holding your hand over the mouse ball recess

    6. The ball should fall into your hand

    7. Use the lint-free soft tissue moistened with the window cleaner to clean the mouse ball. Ensure to remove all dust/hair/debris

    8. Next, notice the three (3) rollers within the mouse housing

    9. These rollers need to be cleaned also as follows:'

      a. Using your fingernail scrape off all the dust/dirt/hair on the rollers

      b. Ensure all the debris are removed from the rollers

    NOTE:

    If the mouse has never been cleaned before then you will

    see lots of dust on the rollers. Remember the smallest

          piece of dust/debris can cause the mouse to behave erratically

    10. Use the lint-free soft tissue moistened with the window cleaner to clean the rollers after the heavy debris have been removed

    11. When everything is dry, reassemble the mouse by putting the ball back in and replace the cover turning clockwise to lock it in place

    12. Locate the mouse connector on the back of the PC and correctly orientate the connector then plug in the mouse

    14. Turn on the PC and test the mouse for functionality

    15. Your done

Cleaning You Keyboard:

Computer keyboards can get dirty very easily. Cleaning the surface of a keyboard is very straightforward and easy to do. This is a quick cleaning method. Most modern keyboards are the membrane type, and although you can take the keys off and give the keyboard a through cleaning, we feel it is just not worth the trouble and hassle and will not be covered here. If you are having trouble with an intermittent keyboard, after you have positively identified it as the problem by substitution-get rid of it. New keyboards are relatively cheap and are readily available. To clean your mouse ball gather the following materials:

    1. A lint-free soft tissue

    2. Isopropyl Alcohol

    3. Dry cloth or duster

    4. Can of compressed air or vacuum cleaner

    5. Q-Tips or other cotton tipped swabs

    6.

To clean your keyboard proceed as follows:

    1. Turn off the PC

    2. Unplug the keyboard from the back of the PC, noting the location and orientation of the connector (Important)

    3. Hold the keyboard upside down so any loose debris between the keys will fall free

NOTE

If you're inclined to use air from a large tank

Type air compressor adjust the output regulator to

a Maximum of 15 psi. Higher pressure will literally

blow the keys off of the keyboard, destroying it

    4. Using the canned compressed air blow any debris from around and under the keys, if you don't have compressed air use the vacuum cleaner hose with the small nozzle attachment to suck out the debris

    5. Using a Q-Tip moistened with the Isopropyl Alcohol clean the sides of all the keys

    6. Give the surface of the keyboard a good wipe over using the lint-free cloth moistened (don't put the liquid directly on the keyboard) with the Isopropyl Alcohol to trace the contours of the keys

    7. When you have finished give the keyboard a wipe over with the dry cloth/duster, you should now have a nice clean keyboard

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