If you have opened the case of your computer and looked inside then you have one of the hardest parts figured out...how to get inside! One of the basic problems that we see here is overheating do to dust accumulations inside the computer, this can result in the computer shutting down. Cleaning the inside of the case is really pretty simple, your local computer parts store like Staples carry cans of inert canned air which you use to blow out the computer. But before we go there, there are a couple of things that you should read first.Caution:
There are electronics inside the case that are very susceptible to electrostatic discharges. To protect your computer, touch the metal of the case to discharge yourself of any charges your body may have stored before touching any of the components inside. As a safety precaution you should unplug the computer to avoid electrical shock.
When you open the case you will find a circuit board attached to the side of the case, this is your motherboard. On the motherboard there should be a fan which is mounted on a heat sink, this is to keep your central processing unit cool. This is one of the first places that you want to see if there is an accumulation of dust inside. If there is, place a pencil through the blades of the fan so that when you blow through it the blades don't spin, this will make blowing it out more effective. If you have a graphics card mounted in one of the PCI slots, it may have a fan mounted on it. You should clean it out with the canned air as well. You can just start blowing of dust anywhere that you see it. If you look at the front of the computer inside you will see where there will be some kind of a vent or perforated opening for the intake of air, this is another area that is important to blow out as well. If there is a louvered section on the front of your case with a metal grill behind it you may need to remove the front panel to clean this vent. I have seen them clogged with pet fur which severely resticting the intake of air.
Most of the up keep on computers is done in the form of preventive measures. Now days if you are online you need several forms of protection, the two most important are a anti virus, and a firewall. If you don't have either of these, here are two of the most commonly used, AVG anti virus
, and Zone Alarm firewall
. The links that are provided here will take you to site where you can download these, they are free. If you already have an anti virus, you don't want to have a second running, they will cause trouble between the two.
Simple maintenance procedures like defragging the hard drive and making sure that all of your updates for the anti virus, maleware, adware, and spyware softwares are up to date , and run scans with them on a regular basis will go a long way towards keeping the computer running well.
This is enough to get you started. If you wish, you can download another free software called SIW
, this will provide you with most any of the information regarding the components that your computer is comprised of.
If you are currently experiencing any problems, let us know.
Edited by dc3, 28 June 2008 - 12:39 AM.