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Computer Full Of Soot

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#1 Demonaz


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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:15 PM

My house recently burned down and my room didnt get much damage, but my computers ended up full of soot, I had two custom computers that i built and need to know if they would still work if i got all the soot out with a can of air?

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#2 nigglesnush85


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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:18 PM

Hello and welcome,

If the soot is removed from the system and there is no damage then the system should work. My main concern would be if heat had damaged any components.


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Posted 06 June 2008 - 10:26 AM

Pretty much the same thing as nigglesnush just said.

But i'd also recomend to take close inspections of the heatsink when your cleaning. Make sure that it is nice and clean or you might have some overheating problems.
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 10:34 AM

Besides the soot inside the case you will also have smoke issues, the optical drive/s may require having the lens/es cleaned to remove the smoke residue. Soot can also have gotten into the PSU which would create a potential overheating issue with it as well. Remember to check the areas of the case where air enters for circulation.

Were these computers on at the time of the fire?

Edited by dc3, 06 June 2008 - 10:34 AM.

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 12:27 PM

Besides blowing out the soot, you may also have to gently clean the smoky film off of your RAM sticks, the MB, in all the nooks and cranies, etc, with a soft cloth and some kind of cleaning fluid, like alcohol. Don't use a wet cloth. Just dampened, and switching from one clean area on the cloth to another as you go along.

If you can get the heat sink cleaned good, I'd go the extra mile and remove the old thermal paste and apply new while you're there.

If everything seems okay, your computer may still smell like smoke for a good while. Keep the case open (side off) to air it out for several days. And never leave it on unattended until you are absolutely sure it's going to be okay.

Edited by mommabear, 06 June 2008 - 12:32 PM.

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