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#1 seg42

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:26 AM

This isn't an immediate problem, but it has me stumped. A laptop was resentlly returned to the office from an employee who was a heavy smoker. The case and laptop were filled with ash and stunk to high heaven. Trough airing and handwashing I've gotten almost all the stink from the case, but I'm unsure what to do about the laptop. I've gotten all the ash out of it, and I've sat it infront of a fan for a few days trying to get the smell out with no luck. The smell really needs to be removed before the laptop is reassigned. Does anyone know how to get a lingering oder out of a laptop?

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 10:18 AM

Disassemble it and wipe it down with alcohol would be my guess
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:39 PM

I have been through this. The tar and garbage gets sucked up by the cooling fan and gets deposited on the fan, and internal fins on the heatpipes/heatsinks etc. It's nasty sometimes as there is a thick coating of tar in there. The only real way to get rid of the smell is to dissassemble, remove the cooling internals and clean them. Alcohol and acetone cut it pretty well. Plastic in the case can absorb odors as well, so it might be an uphill battle to completely remove the odor.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 06:35 AM

Did what you suggested. Uck. I was suprised the fans were working they were so gunked up. Took about three hours to remove all the junk from the board, fan, cd drive, and all the various ports. Another hour to clean out the heatsinks :thumbsup: I have learned two things that are helpful. Pipecleaners (special ones intended for our fiber polishing kit) are my friend, and as long as it's applied carefully so it doesn't get into anything, fabreeze will take the smoke smell out of plastic.


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