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Steps in cleaning your computer

by: Mon Peter I. Damiles | 16 Mar, 2011 11:53:00

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Some people might think that cleaning a computer is just an easy task but it’s not that easy. It’s a little complicated than you might think. Cleaning a computer can’t be done by the use of soap and water. You need a special chemical for electronics to avoid damages. Cleaning your computer is one way of prolonging your computer’s life. This can also help you to reduce heat buildup which can result to overheating which can damage your computer’s parts. To help you clean your computer correctly, below are the tips in doing so.

-Unplug the power cable from the power supply for your safety. Make sure to unplug this before opening your computer. Also avoid wearing jewelries to avoid slight electrocution.

-Unscrew and remove the side panel of your computer. You need to remove your side panel for you to see the motherboard of your computer.

-You can use a brush or a blower to remove dust from your motherboard.  Make sure to blow it outwards to avoid dust entering various parts.

-Remove your RAM and then use a pencil eraser to clean the memory and then use a blower for the memory slot to remove dusts. Make sure to place the memory properly after cleaning it to avoid problems.

-Remove your heatsink fan for cleaning. Refer to your processor manual on how to remove your heatsink. Use a brush to clean the fan then use a blower to remove accumulated dust on your heatsink. If you also want to clean your processor, you must also want to clean the thermal compound on the bottom of your heatsink. You can clean this with an alcohol and a tissue.

-Remove your processor if you also want to clean it. Always proceed with caution when cleaning your processor. You can also clean your processor by using a tissue and an alcohol. Put a small amount of alcohol on the tissue and clean the top of the processor to remove the thermal compound.  Make sure to have your thermal compound ready after cleaning. Only use a blower to clean the pins of the processor and also the processor slot.

-After cleaning your heatsink and processor, apply only a very small amount of thermal compound on your processor and then spread it evenly. Put the processor back in its slot and make sure that it is properly placed then put the heatsink back also. Assembling your heatsink and processor without any thermal compound applied can work but it can cause processor damage due to overheating.

-After cleaning your motherboard and parts, make sure that everything is in place and double check if the processor and your RAM is properly placed.

-You can now put back your side panel and connect your power chord then turn your computer on.


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